Thursday, June 8, 2023

Sudan: the humanitarian situation at its peak

The humanitarian situation in Sudan has reached a critical point two weeks after the outbreak of hostilities between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Force, the head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA) warned this Sunday.

Martin Griffiths, who has been traveling to Sudan and the region over the past few hours, said in a statement that The most affected urban centers are in short supply of essential commodities for the survival of the population especially in Khartoum, where families are struggling to access water, food, fuel, and other essentials.

In addition, he pointed out that the cost of transportation outside the most affected areas has risen sharply, leaving the poorest and most vulnerable behind. unable to go to safe areas,

The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator said that Access to emergency medical care is severely limited, even for those injured in the violence. And that increases the risk of an increase in preventable deaths.

Regarding mental health, especially for children and youth, he said it is unsustainable.

Looting of UN facilities

In addition, Griffiths reported that the offices and warehouses of the United Nations and humanitarian organizations have been repeatedly looted, depleting most of its reserves,

In this context, he said that the United Nations and its allies Make every effort to resume human response Studying immediate methods for bringing in and distributing essential supplies, in the country.

Before this crisis started, Sudan already had 16 million people (a third of the country’s population) dependent on aid Humanist.

Griffiths reported that the organization has received five containers of intravenous fluids and other Emergency goods in Port Sudan, where they await permission from the authorities for their distribution places where it is needed.

Iom teams assist sudanese refugees at the sudan-chad border. (file photo)

UNHCR supports host countries

agencies on the ground have reported thousands of people have fled from Sudan’s Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, and South Sudan, where they often seek haven among already vulnerable communities.

United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) works with host governments and supports local partners to try Meet the immediate needs of those who migrate and end up in dire straits And with the urgency of different types of attention.

The head of OCHA said that at the request of Secretary-General António Guterres, he would be leaving for the region “to figure out how to provide immediate relief to millions of people”. Whose life has changed overnight?

the solution is to stop the violence

“The scale and speed of what is happening in Sudan is unprecedented. We are extremely concerned about the immediate and long-term impact on Sudan and all people in general,” he said citing Guterres.

But whatever help may be available, the clear solution to this crisis is to stop the fighting and tension.

My message to the parties is clear: Protect civilians and civilian infrastructure. Guarantee the safe passage of civilians fleeing hostilities. Respect humanitarian workers, facilities, and property. Facilitating relief operations. Respect staff, transport, and medical facilities and stop using them as shields,” concluded Martin Griffiths.

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