Sudan’s Humanitarian Crisis Deepens

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The head of the UN refugee agency, warned that Europe may have to deal with a rise in the numbers of Sudanese refugees. “The situation in Sudan is already catastrophic and continues to worsen by the day as the conflict rages on and spreads”. Currently, nearly 18 million people face acute food insecurity in Sudan, of which nearly 5 million are at emergency levels of hunger (IPC4).

KHARTOUM FEBRUARY 20: The head of the UN refugee agency, warned that Europe may have to deal with a rise in the numbers of Sudanese refugees if a cease-fire agreement isn’t signed soon between Sudan’s warring sides and relief efforts aren’t strengthened.

– “The situation in Sudan is already catastrophic and continues to worsen by the day as the conflict rages on and spreads. Life-saving assistance must reach those who need it most,” said Eddie Rowe, WFP’s Country Director in Sudan.

Currently, nearly 18 million people face acute food insecurity in Sudan, of which nearly 5 million are at emergency levels of hunger (IPC4). WFP has repeatedly warned of a looming hunger crisis in Sudan in the upcoming lean season if it cannot deliver food and nutrition assistance.

In 2023, WFP was able to reach 6.2 million people following the conflict and continues working to reach those most in need to prevent the risk of catastrophic food insecurity. This is thanks to the generous support of donors like Japan, who has been a strong and reliable partner to WFP in Sudan. Since 2021, Japan has contributed around US$10.4 million to WFP Sudan, enabling the agency to provide emergency food assistance and operate the WFP-managed United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS).

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