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Don’t forget Sudan,’ says UN Refugee chief as war refugees face hunger

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The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has made a heartfelt appeal to the international community to not forget the ongoing conflict in Sudan, which has left millions displaced and facing hunger.

Grandi’s plea comes as he visited a transit center in Renk, South Sudan’s Upper Nile State, near the border with Sudan.

The center, set up by the UNHCR, was originally designed to accommodate 4,000 people but is now home to over 13,000 individuals. Grandi met with the family of Babiker Suliman, who fled the fighting in El-Fasher, Sudan’s Darfur region, and arrived in Renk in December 2023. The family of 13 shares a communal shelter with two other families.

The UN reported earlier in June that the number of internally displaced people in Sudan has surpassed 10 million. The conflict, which began last year, has resulted in the deaths of over 14,000 people, wounded thousands, and pushed the population to the brink of famine.

Grandi’s visit aimed to bring attention to the dire situation and the need for peace in Sudan. The conflict has ravaged the country, leaving millions without access to basic necessities like food and shelter. The UNHCR chief’s appeal comes as the world grapples with multiple crises, and Sudan’s plight risks being overlooked.

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