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United Nations Raises Alarm Over Sudan Conflict, Says Country Risks Total Destruction

FILE PHOTO: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at a press conference at the United Nations complex in Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya May 3, 2023. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/File Photo

The United Nations has warned that the lingering crisis in Sudan will plunge the country into extreme humanitarian crisis.

UN says “hundreds of thousands of malnourished children at risk of dying in humanitarian crisis of ‘epic proportions.”

United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief coordinator Martin Griffiths in a statement on Friday, said the conflict was triggering a humanitarian emergency of “epic proportions” in Sudan.

“The war in Sudan is fuelling a humanitarian emergency of epic proportions.”

“The viral conflict – and the hunger, disease and displacement left in its wake – now threatens to consume the entire country,” he said.

The Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) has reported that nearly 5,000 people have been killed within over four months of the conflict, and many dead bodies are yet to be recovered.

Millions of people are now displaced, having being forced to abandon their homes due to the intensity of the unrest.

Griffiths says if the crisis is allowed to linger on, the impact will be “devastating.”

“The longer the fighting continues, the more devastating its impact. Some places have already run out of food.”

“Hundreds of thousands of children are severely malnourished and at imminent risk of death if left untreated,” the United Nations official says, adding that road blockages and constant fighting has made it impossible for aid workers to supply much needed relief items.

The armed conflict in Sudan started on April 15 2023 in Khartoum, the country’s capital between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) rival factions of Sudan’s military government.

Sudan’s military ruler Abdel Fattah al-Burhan (also head of the army), his deputy and head of the RSF,General Mohammed Hamdan Dogalo, also known as Hemedti, went for each other’s throats following a negotiation to integrate the RSF into the country’s military as part of plans to bring back civilian rule.

The aftermath of General al-Burhan and Dagolo’s fight for dominance leads Sudan into a state of insecurity, extreme hunger, loss of lives, and displacement amongst others. Unfortunately, civilians are mostly at the receiving end of this crisis.

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