Supervisor Elham AbolFateh
Editor in Chief Mohamed Wadie

Sudan's Conflict Forces 8 Mln to Flee

Wed 31 Jan 2024 | 03:46 PM
Israa Farhan

In a recent statement, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, announced that the clashes between the Sudanese Army and the Rapid Support Forces have resulted in the displacement of approximately eight million people.

Grandi made this declaration during his visit to Ethiopia.

Since April 15, 2023, the war in Sudan, pitting forces loyal to Army Commander Abdel Fattah al-Burhan against his former deputy, Rapid Support Forces leader Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, known as "Hemetti," has claimed the lives of over 13,000 individuals, according to the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), a non-governmental organization cited by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Grandi emphasized in his statement that the "brutal conflict in Sudan" has led to the displacement of nearly eight million people and called for "urgent support to meet their needs."

On December 21, a UN spokesperson estimated that the conflict represents the largest displacement crisis in the world.

Ethiopia, one of the six neighboring countries of Sudan, has received over a hundred thousand people who have fled the fighting since April 2023, according to the United Nations.

These people join the about 50,000 Sudanese refugees already in the country.

The UN Refugee Agency stated in a press release, that last week, the number of new arrivals in Chad exceeded 500,000 people since last April, and in South Sudan, an average of 1,500 people per day are crossing into the country.