UN Reports More Than 700,000 People Displaced by War in Sudan
UN Reports More Than 700,000 People Displaced by War in Sudan. The UN reports that the ongoing war between Sudan’s generals is having devastating consequences for civilians. Over the past week, the number of people uprooted from their homes has doubled, with more than 700,000 people now internally displaced since April 15 as reported by Jacarandafm.
Ethnic clashes have claimed at least 16 lives in the country’s south, while a powerful group in the east demonstrated in support of the army. The conflict between forces loyal to army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his former deputy Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, who commands the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, has caused people to flee both within the country and across borders.
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The situation is exacerbated by shortages of water, electricity, food, and medical care, with one-third of the population already in need of humanitarian assistance before the conflict began. The ongoing fighting has also disrupted talks between representatives of Burhan and Daglo, who have failed to reach a truce despite negotiations in Jeddah.
As the war drags on, there is a growing risk that people might start arming themselves locally, or the army might resort to raising a counter-militia to the RSF, or both. The Sudanese foreign ministry has received calls from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Azali Assoumani of Comoros, the current chairman of the African Union, with efforts underway to reach an agreement to end the crisis and restore stability in Sudan.
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