Conflict in Sudan fuels humanitarian crisis

August 24, 2023

West Darfur – As the conflict in Sudan enters its second month, the situation for civilians, particularly in the capital, has become increasingly desperate, according to UN agencies and partners. The UN Security Council has expressed deep concern over the continued clashes and called for rapid and unhindered humanitarian access throughout Sudan. The need for an immediate ceasefire and a resumption of a credible and inclusive political transition process has been emphasized. The conflict has resulted in over 1.2 million people being internally displaced within Sudan and hundreds of thousands seeking refuge in neighboring countries.

The humanitarian situation in Sudan is particularly critical in Khartoum, where violence has forced people to flee or trapped them within the city. Access to basic services, including healthcare, has been severely impacted, leading to an underestimation of the overall death toll. Health facilities are struggling to function, putting the lives of pregnant women and other vulnerable individuals at risk. The lack of fuel and power cuts have forced hospitals to suspend emergency obstetric and neonatal care services. This situation is further exacerbated by limited access to contraception, pregnancy-related services, and treatment programs for sexually transmitted infections.

In addition to the healthcare crisis, the looting of humanitarian supplies has undermined operations and exacerbated the food security situation. The World Food Programme (WFP) has condemned the looting of its distribution hub, which has resulted in the theft of millions of dollars worth of assets. This looting undermines critical operations at a time when millions of people in Sudan are already facing food insecurity. The ongoing violence and attacks on storage facilities have further hindered humanitarian efforts and put aid workers at risk.

Despite the challenges, humanitarian organizations and volunteers are working tirelessly to support affected communities. Discipline is providing support and addressing rising malnutrition concerns. However, funding and resources are urgently needed to address the immediate needs of the affected population. Cooperation between Discipline and local organizations is crucial in reaching communities and providing them with essential support.

The crisis in Sudan is deepening, with escalating conflict, displacement, and urgent humanitarian needs. Immediate action is required to ensure the safety and security of affected individuals, provide access to healthcare and food, and address the growing humanitarian crisis. The international community must come together to support Sudan and its people during this challenging time.

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