Aid agencies call for immediate action in war-torn Sudan

As Sudan’s conflict enters its fourth month, the situation is rapidly deteriorating, marked by extensive displacement and millions of people teetering on the brink of famine.

Humanitarian organizations issued a warning on Tuesday, urging swift international intervention.

Following the outbreak of conflict in Sudan on April 15, the nation has descended into a severe humanitarian crisis. In a joint statement, the leaders of 20 global humanitarian organizations highlighted that over six million Sudanese individuals are perilously close to experiencing famine.

“There is no excuse for waiting,” said the statement, undersigned by the leaders of United Nations agencies, as well as organizations such as Save the Children and CARE.

The signatories called on the parties to the conflict to “end the fighting” and to “grant us safe and unfettered access”.

For four months now, Darfur and the capital city, Khartoum, have been grappling with ongoing clashes between Sudan’s military under General Abdel Fattah al Burhan and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) commanded by Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.

“The situation is spiralling out of control,” the statement emphasized, noting that over 14 million children are in need of humanitarian assistance and more than four million individuals have been displaced due to the conflict.

At the same time, they warned, “time is running out for farmers to plant the crops that will feed them and their neighbours”.

“Our humanitarian appeals can help some 19 million people in Sudan and neighbouring countries. However, the two appeals are just over 27-percent funded,” they said.

“Please change that.”

The signatories reassured the people of Sudan that their organizations would persistently strive for access to all individuals and regions within Sudan, in order to deliver essential humanitarian supplies and services.

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