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Sudan on Brink of Catastrophic Famine as War Worsens, UN Warns

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The United Nations has issued a dire warning that Sudan is facing a catastrophic famine, with 18 million people in need of urgent food aid, as the ongoing conflict in the country continues to devastate communities and disrupt food supplies.

According to the UN’s Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), the number of people facing acute food insecurity has increased significantly, with over half of the population in the capital city of Khartoum and densely populated cities and towns in the Darfur and Kordofan regions struggling to access basic meals.

The conflict, which began in mid-April, has led to a significant decline in food production, with the area planted during this year’s season being 15% smaller than the average for the past five years, and production of key staples such as sorghum and millet falling by 24% and 50% respectively.

The UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that families in conflict zones could experience famine-like hunger by next summer, with many already surviving on a single meal a day. The agency has struggled to access affected areas, with funding shortfalls and security concerns hampering its efforts.

The situation is particularly dire in Khartoum, where volunteers have been providing gruel made from cornflour, sugar, and water to those in need. However, supplies are running low, and the agency has only been able to reach 100,000 people in the Karari locality during a lull in the fighting.

The UN has appealed for $4 billion in funding to address the needs of those affected by the conflict, both inside and outside Sudan.

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However, the appeal is only one-third funded, with the agency struggling to access sufficient resources to respond to the crisis.

The situation in Sudan is dire, with families facing catastrophic hunger and aid agencies struggling to respond.

The international community must act quickly to provide the necessary funding and support to prevent a humanitarian disaster.


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