Food aid for more than half a million refugees who have fled from Sudan to Chad will run out next month without extra funding. “By December, there will be no assistance,” Pierre Honnorat, director for the U.N. agency, told. More than 540,000 refugees have crossed from Sudan into Chad since war erupted seven months ago.
N’DJAMENA NOVEMBER 16: Food aid for more than half a million refugees who have fled from Sudan to Chad will run out next month without extra funding, a World Food Program official said.
– “By December, there will be no assistance,” Pierre Honnorat, Chad country director for the U.N. agency, told.
Due to the conflict that broke out in Sudan, men and women have been forced to leave their homes and villages behind in search of safety and for the survival of their families in other parts of the country and beyond, including Chad.
In their flight, many displaced families did not have access to basic necessities – including adequate housing, medicines and health services, food or water.
With the escalating number of refugees and returnees fleeing to Chad, Msgr. Nicolas Nadji Bab and other Caritas officials met with vulnerable men, women and children at temporary reception centres at the Sudan-Chad border.
More than 540,000 refugees have crossed from Sudan into Chad since war erupted seven months ago between the Sudanese army and the terrorist organisation Rapid Support Forces (RSF), according to the International Organization for Migration.
Many have fled from West Darfur, where ethnically driven violence and mass killings erupted again this month in the state capital El Geneina.
Sudanese and International Civil Society groups made a statement on Wednesday:
“We call on the international community to take decisive preventative action to prevent further atrocities from being perpetrated. The Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have captured major Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) garrisons in south, west, and central Darfur, with evidence of crimes against humanity, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and conflict related sexual violence (CRSV) being perpetrated against civilians.”
“In the past six months alone, RSF and allied militias have systematically perpetrated abuses against civilian populations. In West Darfur, RSF conducted summary executions of ethnic Massalit, killing and injuring those who were fleeing including children, and burning towns as they swept through.”