Year of civil war in Sudan: Millions starving; faces humanitarian crisis

Apr16,2024



Khartoum: As Sudan marks the one-year anniversary of the civil war between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the paramilitary group Rapid Support Forces (RSF), aid agencies have warned that the country is on the brink of collapse and facing an unprecedented situation. Is facing. humanitarian crisisCNN reported.
Humanitarian and development agency Islamic Relief has warned that the country is on the brink of mass destruction DraughtSmall children are at risk of dying of hunger.
According to Doctors Without Borders (MSF), the situation is dire in Sudan, where more than 8.4 million people, including two million children under the age of five, have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict.
However, despite these worrying figures it has not received an adequate international response.
Islamic Relief said only five percent of its 2025 humanitarian response plan for Sudan has been funded, CNN reports.
“Over the past year, I have watched my country descend into violence, madness and destruction, ignored by the rest of the world,” said Elsadig Elnour, the agency's country director for Sudan.
According to CNN, the conflict between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the paramilitary group Rapid Support Forces (RSF) has displaced millions of people and left countless civilians dead or seriously injured.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk warned of a further increase in violence in Sudan in a statement on Monday, “as civilians from the conflicting parties, and more armed groups, join the fighting.”
Furthermore, since the beginning of the civil war, thousands of homes, schools, hospitals, and other important civilian structures have been destroyed.
The war has plunged the country into a serious humanitarian crisis, creating the world's largest crisis displacement crisishis office said, CNN reports.
“About 18 million people are facing acute food insecurity, 14 million of them children, and more than 70 percent of hospitals are no longer functioning due to the increase in infectious diseases,” Turk said.
Earlier on Monday, Mohd. United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned that “crimes against humanity” were potentially being committed in the country, saying recent reports of escalating hostilities in El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur, were “the latest cause for deep alarm”.
Over the weekend, RSF-affiliated militias attacked and burned villages west of El Fashar, leading to “widespread new displacement,” Guterres said.
Apart from this, fighting continued on Monday on the outskirts of El Fashar, he said.
“Let me be clear, any attack on El Fasher would be devastating to civilians and could lead to full-scale inter-communal conflict throughout Darfur,” Guterres said.



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