January 05, 2024 – Inter Press Service, New York
Sudan is on the brink of further devastation after nearly nine months of war. Human suffering is increasing, access to humanitarian aid is decreasing, and hope is fading. The international community must take decisive action to stop the fighting and protect humanitarian operations in order to help millions of civilians in Sudan.
With the conflict now reaching Aj Jazirah State, more than 500,000 people have fled the fighting in and around the state capital Wad Medani. This has raised concerns about the rapid spread of cholera outbreak, with over 1,800 suspected cases reported.
Reports of widespread human rights violations, including sexual violence, in Wad Medani illustrate the failure of the parties to the conflict to protect civilians. The looting of humanitarian warehouses and supplies is also hampering efforts to deliver essential aid, such as food, water, and healthcare.
The intensifying conflict in Sudan is making it increasingly difficult to reach the nearly 25 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Deliveries across conflict lines have come to a halt, and the situation threatens regional stability, as over 7 million people have been displaced, with 1.4 million crossing into neighboring countries with large refugee populations.
Martin Griffiths, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, has condemned the looting of humanitarian supplies and called for immediate action from the parties to the conflict to protect civilians, facilitate humanitarian access, and stop the fighting.
The escalating violence in Sudan demands swift action from the international community to prevent further devastation.