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Sudanese civil war nearing ‘breaking point’

March 7, 2024

(CNN) — Nearly a year after civil war broke out between the Sudanese army and paramilitary forces, more than 25 million people in northeastern Africa are facing “the world’s largest hunger crisis.”

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says nine in 10 people across Sudan are “trapped” by “relentless violence.” The fighting is fueling “emergency levels” of food insecurity, not only in the war-torn country but also in neighbouring Chad and South Sudan where millions of refugees have fled.

The Sudanese civil war has also triggered the world’s largest displacement crisis. 

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), about 8.1 million people have fled since fighting erupted in April 2023.

The agency reports some 6.3 million people are internally displaced while another 1.8 million have escaped to neighbouring countries such as Egypt, Chad, and Ethiopia.

Many civilians are among the thousands killed and wounded. Women, children, and teens have been especially vulnerable with rising reports of domestic and sexual violence targeting them.

Aid organizations are on the ground delivering relief to refugees.

Jikany Nuer White Army fighters in Upper Nile State, South Sudan, February 10, 2014. The civil war in the world’s youngest country has entered its third year as the government and opposition failed to implement the peace agreement struck in August. (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)


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