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UN Issues Stark Warning of Sudan's Imminent Collapse from War, Famine


Fri 25 Aug 2023 | 03:38 PM
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Sudan war
By Ahmad El-Assasy

In a recent statement, the United Nations (UN) has issued a grave warning about the potential destruction of Sudan as it grapples with ongoing violent clashes and the looming threat of famine. Since April 15, fierce battles between the army and the rapid support forces have plunged the nation into a humanitarian emergency of unprecedented proportions, triggering hunger, diseases, and mass displacement that now jeopardize the stability of the entire country.

Expressing deep concern, Martin Griffiths, the UN's Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs, emphasized the escalating violence in Sudan and the dire consequences it could have on the region. Of particular worry is the safety of civilians in the Gezira state, often referred to as Sudan's "breadbasket." Griffiths underscored the alarming fact that hundreds of thousands of children are suffering from severe malnutrition, facing an imminent risk of death if they do not receive urgent treatment.

Sudan, a country with a tumultuous history marred by conflicts and civil wars, has faced significant challenges since the separation of South Sudan in 2011, including economic hardships resulting from the loss of vital oil revenues. Political unrest culminated in the ousting of former President Omar al-Bashir in 2019, leading to a transitional government that has struggled to implement economic reforms and establish a unified vision for the nation.

Tensions between military and civilian factions within the transitional government have periodically erupted into violence, further exacerbating the situation. Armed groups with regional ties and vested interests have also contributed to the complexity of the conflicts. This prolonged instability, coupled with economic difficulties, has placed an immense burden on the Sudanese population, leaving them vulnerable to food shortages, limited access to clean water, and a collapsing healthcare system.

The ongoing clashes since April 15 have intensified the humanitarian crisis, amplifying displacements, disease outbreaks, and malnutrition. Of particular concern is the Gezira state, an agricultural hub crucial to Sudan's food supply. Conflict in this region not only endangers the lives of its inhabitants but also disrupts the nation's ability to feed its population, heightening the risk of widespread famine.

International organizations, including the United Nations, have been closely monitoring the situation and consistently sounding the alarm about the impending catastrophe. Relief efforts and support are underway, but the volatile security environment presents significant challenges to delivering aid effectively. Urgent action is required to mitigate the devastating impact of war and famine on Sudan and prevent the complete collapse of the nation.