Sudan: World’s Largest Hunger Crisis

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Cindy McCain, head of the World Food Program, said the fighting in Sudan has shattered the lives of millions across the north-eastern African nation. “The war in Sudan risks triggering the world’s largest hunger crisis,” McCain said. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed Thursday for a cease-fire in Sudan for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

KHARTOUM MARCH 7: Sudan’s nearly 11-month war between rival coupmakers “risks triggering the world’s largest hunger crisis”, the United Nations’ World Food Programme warned Wednesday. Meanwhile, Britain has circulated a draft U.N. resolution calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities in the country ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which begins soon.

While global attention has been focused on the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza, Cindy McCain, head of the World Food Program, said the fighting in Sudan has shattered the lives of millions across the north-eastern African nation.

“The war in Sudan risks triggering the world’s largest hunger crisis,” McCain said as she wrapped up a trip to neighbouring South Sudan, where hundreds of thousands of Sudanese have fled the fighting in their home country.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed Thursday for a cease-fire in Sudan for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, saying it is time for rival generals there to lay down their weapons as the country’s humanitarian crisis reaches “colossal proportions.”

– “I call on all parties in Sudan to honor the values of Ramadan by honoring a Ramadan cessation of hostilities,” Guterres told a meeting of the Security Council on the situation in Sudan. Ramadan starts early next week.

He said the country’s unity is at risk and there is a serious risk of the war igniting regional instability “of dramatic proportions” from the Sahel to the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea.

As of February 2024, IOM estimates that Sudan hosts more than 9 million internally displaced individuals, with 6 million having been recently displaced by the conflict, in addition to 3 million IDPs in protracted displacement and almost 1 million refugees who had been living in Sudan prior to the April conflict (IOM).

Sudan’s Humanitarian Crisis Deepens

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