Aid Workers Struggle To Deliver Lifesaving Supplies

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Fierce fighting, rampant looting and bureaucracy are hampering efforts to deliver vital humanitarian supplies to millions of Sudanese. The United Nations estimates 25 million people now need help. Since the fighting started, eight humanitarian workers have been killed and 18 injured. At least 38 attacks on health care have been verified by WHO since 15 April.

KHARTOUM JUNE 3: Fierce fighting, rampant looting and bureaucracy are hampering efforts to deliver vital humanitarian supplies to millions of Sudanese, according to Médecins Sans Frontières, also known as Doctors Without Borders.

The United Nations estimates 25 million people, or more than half the population, now need help, up from 16 million before the army and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces began fighting in April.

– “Often we cannot move because the warehouse is being looted or because it’s unsafe for our staff to move, or because for the transporter it’s unsafe to go,” Jean-Nicolas Armstrong Dangelser, emergency coordinator with MSF said.

“Looting and robbery have become commonplace in Khartoum, with some areas being entirely stripped of possessions,” said Ahmed Omer of the Norwegian Refugee Council.

In Zalingi, looting of homes, banks, the University of Zalingi, schools, some government institutions, Zalingi Hospital and humanitarian premises have been reported. Water and electricity services have been disconnected, and telecommunication services have been disrupted. Thousands of civilians have been displaced.

Since the fighting started, eight humanitarian workers have been killed, including one from MSF in Nyala on 20 May and one from World Relief in Zalingi on 22 May, and at least two have been injured. In addition, eight health workers have been killed and 18 injured.

At least 38 attacks on health care have been verified by WHO since 15 April, including 22 attacks on health facilities, 12 attacks impacting health personnel, 9 impacting supplies, 6 impacting warehouses, 6 impacting transport and 3 impacting patients. Since the signing of the Jeddah declaration on 11 May, eight new reports of attacks have been verified.

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