More Than 800k Could Be Forced To Flee Sudan

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The United Nations is warning the ongoing crisis in Sudan could result in more than 800,000 people fleeing the country. At least 334,000 have also been internally displaced by the ongoing conflict. 20,000 refugees have fled into Chad. The humanitarian situation for refugees arriving in Chad from Sudan is catastrophic, said Aleksandra Roulet-Cimpric, IRC Chad Country Director.

KHARTOUM MAY 2: The United Nations is warning the ongoing crisis in Sudan could result in more than 800,000 people fleeing the country, with over 100,000 refugees estimated to be among those who have already fled to neighbouring countries.

“Without a quick resolution of this crisis we will continue to see more people forced to flee in search of safety and basic assistance,” UN Assistant High Commissioner for Refugees Raouf Mazou said.

According to the International Organization for Migration, at least 334,000 have also been internally displaced by the ongoing conflict. Spokesperson Paul Dillon said the number displaced in just the past two weeks exceeds all conflict-related displacements recorded in Sudan in 2022.

20,000 refugees have fled into Chad. Experts predict up to 100,000 people might flee into Chad which already hosts almost half a million refugees.

– “The humanitarian situation for refugees arriving in Chad from Sudan is catastrophic. People’s needs are huge and are not being met”, said Aleksandra Roulet-Cimpric, IRC Chad Country Director.

– “People are in need of food, shelter and clean water. It is extremely hot and there is an acute lack of access to clean water. They are arriving from Sudan severely traumatized and have been telling us that they have traveled from just over the border where they crossed a dry river”.

– “So far, approximately 20,000 people have arrived since 15th April and there is no enough shelter. People, mainly women and children, are taking shelter under trees – this leaves them particularly at risk of exploitation and abuse”.

IRC has been providing drinking water to people who have arrived severely dehydrated and has set up a mobile health clinic to attend to the vast health needs of the arriving population. IRC will continue to scale up WASH (including hygiene and sanitation), health and protection support in the coming days.

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