Roughly 9,000 individuals have allegedly lost their lives, with over 5.6 million being displaced and 25 million in need of assistance due to the ongoing conflict between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces, as well as other armed factions that began in mid-April.
Martin Griffiths, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, released a statement to recognize a somber achievement. He expressed concern that civilians in areas such as Khartoum, Darfur, and Kordofan have endured constant violence and fear for the past six months, with ongoing reports of rape and sexual violence.
Basic services crumbling
The Under-Secretary-General stated that the growing number of ethnic conflicts has resulted in difficulties for aid workers to reach those in need, mainly due to security concerns and bureaucratic obstacles.
“Since April 15, there have been 45 aid workers who have either died or been detained. Sadly, the vast majority of them were national employees,” he expressed with sorrow.
Unfortunately, even in regions that are accessible to humanitarian workers, they face the obstacle of insufficient funding. Currently, only 33% of the necessary $2.6 billion to aid those in Sudan by 2023 has been received.
The healthcare crisis in Sudan is severe, with over 70% of medical facilities in conflict zones being non-operational. The country is also facing a cholera outbreak, with more than 1,000 potential cases.
Essential services are deteriorating. The ongoing conflict has resulted in 19 million children being unable to attend school, greatly hindering their education and impacting the future of the country.
This is not sustainable.
As societies are fractured, individuals in need are unable to obtain vital assistance. The demand for humanitarian aid is increasing in nearby nations as millions seek refuge.
The UN relief chief spoke out against the continuation of this situation and called upon the involved parties to fulfill their responsibilities under international humanitarian laws. He also encouraged them to engage in discussions at the highest levels in order to resolve the conflict.
He emphasized the importance of fulfilling the promises made in Jeddah to safeguard civilians and permit access to humanitarian assistance.
Mr. Griffiths emphasized the importance of not abandoning the people of Sudan and urged donors to increase their assistance.