Internally displaced families in Khartoum-Sudan: Challenges and policy implications

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Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to examine how internally displaced families in Khartoum-Sudan face difficulties and challenges in meeting their basic needs of shelter and health when they are displaced from their homes. By using empirical data, the factors that hinder families in getting access to shelter and health provision and how they survive with few facilities provided to them will be discussed. The paper will also highlight the role of the state in the situation of the displaced families and the services provided to them. Design/methodology/approach - Various methods were used in the research, among them were interviews and focus-group discussions. Interviews were conducted with children aged 10-18 years. A sample of 129 children from four camps was selected, and parents or guardians of the children were interviewed. The theoretical section on what is displacement and how displaced people meet their basic needs and rights gives a background on how displaced families in Sudan survive and struggle to meet their health and shelter rights. Findings - The basic needs for the displaced families were not met, and if they were met, it would have led to better living conditions, stability and security for these people. The paper concludes with some recommendations. Originality/value - The state should meet the basic needs and rights of the internally displaced people. It is the responsibility of the state to ensure that health and shelter are provided to displaced people.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)252-263
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes



  • Family
  • Health
  • Internally displaced people
  • Shelter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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