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UN: 6.7 Mln Displaced in Sudan

Sat 04 May 2024 | 06:59 PM
Israa Farhan

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) stated that about 6.7 million people have been internally displaced in Sudan due to the ongoing war.

This was announced by UNHCR spokesperson Olga Sarrado during a press conference at the UN headquarters in Geneva.

Sarrado mentioned that the UNHCR mission reached the city of Omdurman in the capital, Khartoum, for the first time since April 2023, when the civil war began in the country.

She added that the UNHCR team witnessed immense destruction in the region, where humanitarian aid has not been delivered for months.

Sarrado pointed out that displaced families are struggling to obtain sufficient food due to rising prices, leading to malnutrition among children.

She clarified that only two hospitals provide services in Omdurman, with insufficient medication, especially for those with chronic diseases.

Sarrado emphasized that nearly 6.7 million people are internally displaced in Sudan, and the situation in the country remains dangerous and unstable.

She highlighted that 1.8 million people sought refuge in Chad, Egypt, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and the Central African Republic.

She called for an end to the fighting in Sudan to ensure the safety of civilians and to allow relief organizations to continue their work.

Since mid-April 2023, the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces have been engaged in a war that has resulted in approximately 13,900 deaths and around 8.5 million displaced persons and refugees, according to the UN.