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The Unfolding Displacement Crisis in Sudan: A Call for Urgent Humanitarian Aid and International Cooperation

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Zara Nwosu
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The Unfolding Displacement Crisis in Sudan: A Call for Urgent Humanitarian Aid and International Cooperation

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The ongoing crisis in Sudan is one of the largest displacement crises globally. It raises three key concerns - the scale and impact of the crisis, the international response, and the future prospects for those affected. The situation in Sudan warrants immediate attention, investigation, and international cooperation to deal with the challenges faced by displaced individuals.

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The Scale and Impact of the Crisis

The crisis in Sudan has resulted in an estimated 9.05 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), accounting for about 13% of all IDPs worldwide. According to UN experts, about 25 million people, including 14 million children, are in dire need of humanitarian aid. The majority of IDPs reside in dire conditions with limited support, suffering severe shortages of food, safe drinking water, healthcare, and essential medical supplies.

This crisis has been fueled by fighting that broke out in April 2023 between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces. The ongoing conflict has worsened existing community tensions and increased the risk of violence between host communities and IDPs. Also, with 70-80% of hospitals across the country reportedly non-operational, access to healthcare remains limited.

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The International Response

The international response to the Sudanese crisis has been significantly insufficient. As of January 21, 2024, the appeal for increased funding for civil society to assist victims and for humanitarian response was only 3.1% funded. The scarcity of resources and limited international aid has significantly increased the risk of violence, with older persons, women, and girls often falling victims of targeted attacks.

The UN has urged all parties to the conflict to immediately halt hostilities, protect civilians, abide by their obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law, and facilitate the safe and timely delivery of humanitarian relief.

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Future Prospects for Those Affected

The future for those affected by the Sudanese crisis remains uncertain. The collapse of humanitarian services has led to a lack of medical care, malnutrition, and shortages of supplies and equipment. In the Zamzam camp, a medical charity reports that at least one child dies every two hours due to these conditions.

If a ceasefire agreement isn't signed soon and relief efforts aren't strengthened, Europe may see a new influx of Sudanese migrants, warns the UN refugee chief. Refugees are expected to move further towards northern countries like Tunisia, with some planning to cross to Europe. The conflict has killed at least 12,000 people, and both sides have been accused of war crimes.

Inclusive political negotiations, accompanied by a humanitarian ceasefire, must resume urgently to transition Sudan towards a civilian government and provide a pathway to inclusive and sustainable development. The situation in Sudan is a stark reminder of the urgency and importance of humanitarian aid and international cooperation.

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