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Faith Nyasuguta

Sudan’s year-long war has placed a heavy burden on both the nation and the international community, as conflict rages on and humanitarian needs escalate. 

Amidst the ongoing strife, voices from various humanitarian agencies highlight the gravity of the situation, highlighting the urgent need for assistance and the devastating impact on Sudanese civilians.

According to Eatizaz Yousif, Country Director of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) Sudan, the conflict has triggered the largest displacement and hunger crisis in Sudan’s history, affecting nearly half of the country’s 45 million people

Yousif emphasized the dire conditions, stating, “This war has created education and health disasters with 10 million children dropping out of school, while 75 percent of the health facilities are either destroyed or forced to close at a time when 11 million people need emergency health intervention.”

Humanitarian agencies have raised concerns about the inadequate response from donors, as funds have been diverted to other crises, leaving Sudan with only 30 percent of the required aid pledged. 

The United Nations, spearheading the funding appeal, has outlined the pressing need for a $2.7 billion Humanitarian Needs and Response Plan, along with a $1.4 billion Regional Refugee Response Plan to assist millions of vulnerable people within Sudan and neighboring countries.

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The conflict has led to the displacement of an estimated 8.5 million people, with 1.5 million living in under-resourced camps in Sudan and neighboring countries. Access to basic health services has become severely limited, with widespread looting and attacks on civilians, including sexual violence.

Dr. Christos Christou, the international President of Doctors Without Borders (MSF), described Sudan’s crisis as one of the worst in decades. Christou highlighted the critical role of MSF in providing healthcare services amidst conflict, stating, “There is no doubt that there are enormous challenges in Sudan, but they are not insurmountable. It is possible to respond – and we know this because we are there.”

However, challenges persist in delivering aid effectively, with reports of aid being blocked, diverted, or looted to support warring factions. In addition to the humanitarian crisis, reports of war crimes and human rights violations have emerged, prompting condemnation from international bodies. 

The US State Department and Amnesty International have documented atrocities committed during the conflict, signaling the urgent need for accountability and justice.

Despite the immense challenges, there is hope for a coordinated international response to alleviate the suffering in Sudan. With continued support and resources, there is a possibility of mitigating the impact of the crisis and addressing the urgent needs of millions affected by the conflict. 

However, concerted efforts from the international community are essential to provide meaningful assistance and support to those most in need.


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