Sudanese Official: Humanitarian situation is terrible with 24.7 mln in need for urgent aid
Acting Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs in Sudan Abdo Deng on Thursday described the situation in Sudan as terrible with the continuance of violence, saying that about 24.7 million people are in need for urgent aid.
He said that half of Sudan’s population need urgent assistance and protection with an increasing rate of 57 percent of people in need since the beginning of 2017.
In a statement, Deng said that the escalating violence has caused catastrophic effect on civilians the past couple of weeks, where hundreds died and more than 5,000 others were injured. Up 1.3 million people had been internally and externally displaced, he added.
Millions others are trapped in their homes unable to reach vital services, while the “infrastructure is suffering from destruction,” he added.
The fighting in West Darfur state targeted health care and service facilities and burned 86 sites to provide safety, shelter and services for the displaced in the capital Geneina, which led to an increase in humanitarian needs, indicated Deng.
Since April 15, Sudan has been witnessing clashes between the army and the Rapid Support Forces in Khartoum and other cities, in which dozens of people have been killed and wounded, after talks aimed at formulating a final political agreement hindered recently, where combining the rapid support forces to the military in a timed frame was to be one of its items, to pave the way for foaming a new civilian government.
Source: Kuwait News Agency