Sudan has been described by United Nations officials as an unimaginable humanitarian crisis that continues to unfold. 6 million people displaced. 25 million men, women and children, need humanitarian assistance. There is also growing concern about ethnic killings in the West Darfur region.
KHARTOUM NOVEMBER 9: While the world focuses on the crisis in Gaza, the almost 7-month-old conflict in Sudan has been described by United Nations officials as an unimaginable humanitarian crisis that continues to unfold.
The violence between military factions that erupted in April, has seen some 6 million people displaced, 4,5 million internally, while 1,2 million refugees have fled to neighbouring countries.
There is also growing concern about ethnic killings in the West Darfur region, where the terrorist group Rapid Support Forces has assumed control of the main army base in the state capital of El Geneina.
In Jeddah, the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces adopted a Statement of Commitment to protect civilians and provide unimpeded humanitarian access.
The Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan, Clementine Nkweta-Salami, called it a moment of truth for the country. She said that all parties must provide reliable guarantees that relief items, humanitarian workers and assets will be able to move safely across the country and across conflict lines.
After almost seven months of hostilities, half of the population of Sudan – that is nearly 25 million men, women and children, need humanitarian assistance. Less than a fifth of them have been reached, mainly due to the insecurity and the fighting we have been mentioning here on a regular basis.
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