Displaced Sudanese Voices on Education, Dignity, and Humanitarian Aid


  • Friedrich W. Affolter UNICEF
  • Carine Allaf UNICEF




Sudan, Sudanese refugees, internal displacement, internally displaced persons, education, dignity, humanitarian aid


Education is viewed by Sudanese refugees and internally displaced persons as a key prerequisite for social status, prestige, socio-economic survival, and therefore human dignity. Using Sudan as a case study, the article demonstrates that humanitarian aid—which claims to ensure the basic conditions for a life with dignity—often attributes less importance to education than to other sectors such as water, nutrition, and health. Utilizing anecdotal evidence from internally displaced persons in conflict-affected regions of Sudan, this article illustrates that the humanitarian aid agenda fails to adequately address what their target population most demands: education.


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Affolter, F. W., & Allaf, C. (2014). Displaced Sudanese Voices on Education, Dignity, and Humanitarian Aid. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 30(1), 5–14. https://doi.org/10.25071/1920-7336.38597

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