Sudan: UN Warns Of Humanitarian ‘Breaking Point’

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There has been sporadic gunfire in Sudan – despite another extension of a faltering 72-hour ceasefire. UN warns that Sudan is at a humanitarian “breaking point”. At least 18 health and humanitarian workers have lost their lives since the fighting started. In Khartoum, only one in four health facilities are fully functional.

KHARTOUM MAY 1: There has been sporadic gunfire in Sudan – despite another extension of a faltering 72-hour ceasefire. Plumes of smoke can be seen after air strikes in Khartoum Bahri, near the capital. There’s also been shelling near the presidential palace.

The UN warns that Sudan is at a humanitarian “breaking point”. Border countries are facing an economic strain as they take in Sudanese refugees.

Rival military forces accuse each other of new violations of a ceasefire that they had just agreed to extend as their devastating conflict enters a third week.

The World Food Programme resumes operations after three staff members were killed on the second day of the conflict.

In West Darfur, clashes, looting and burning of houses in the southern part of Ag Geneina town were reported on 25 and 26 April, with civilians reportedly killed and displaced by the violence. Markets have reportedly been looted, as well as several humanitarian organizations’ premises. Most of the health centres are not functioning. Unverified reports indicate increasingly complex conflict dynamics in the town and there are concerns regarding a potential escalation of ethnic tensions.

At least 18 health and humanitarian workers have lost their lives since the fighting started, according to Ministry of Health. This includes at least five aid workers—three from the World Food Programme (WFP), one from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and one from Relief International.

In Khartoum, only one in four health facilities are fully functional, with 32 per cent closed and 43 per cent only partially functional, according to the Ministry of Health. An estimated 50,000 acutely malnourished children have had nutrition support disrupted due to the fighting.

Meanwhile, armed actors have reportedly occupied the national public health laboratory—which contains samples of diseases, including polio and measles—after sending away technicians, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) as quoted by media.

Displacement of civilians continues to be reported in Khartoum, Northern, Blue Nile, North Kordofan, North Darfur, South Darfur and West Darfur states, as well as cross-border movements to surrounding countries, including Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia and South Sudan.

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