Beginning in mid-January 2016, military operations in North Darfur forced large numbers of people to flee their homes and seek refuge. Initial assessments identified 21,690 internally displaced people (IDPs) in the village of Sortony alone. Affected people were living in an open area, in poor shelters held together with old clothes and tree branches.
There were no potential water sources at Sortony, with the closest source 6‐8 kilometres away. Lack of sanitation facilities, water and soap led to a deterioration of hygiene and sanitation practices and conditions. The most urgent needs included access to clean water, latrines and hygiene kits.
Oxfam Canada undertook to improve water, sanitation and hygiene access for internally displaced people. They trucked water into the community, rehabilitated damaged hand pumps and drilled new ones, built 200 temporary latrines, distributed hygiene kits to 1,000 households and created awareness for proper hygiene practices.