War in Sudan: 42% of the Population Faces Acute Food Insecurity

Soukaina Sghir
Soukaina Sghir
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Three and a half months of bloody war in Sudan have forced nearly 4 million people to flee their homes while more than 20 of the 48 million inhabitants are now facing a food crisis, alarmed the Organization of United Nations (UN).

More than 42% of the population of Sudan, one of the poorest countries in the world, faces acute food insecurity, announced the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

It has been three and a half months since the war began, and almost 4 million people have been displaced from their homes. Even before the war, one in three Sudanese was already experiencing hunger.

For the FAO, the displacements caused by the war between the military and the paramilitaries since April 15th, 2023, contribute to aggravating food insecurity.

Apart from the capital Khartoum, those who fled can no longer cultivate their land. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the number of internally displaced people exceeds 3 million. The war has destroyed infrastructure and devastated the agricultural sector, whereas before one in three Sudanese was already suffering from hunger.

Currently, over half of the population in Sudan is dependent on humanitarian aid to survive. The FAO reports that 6.3 million Sudanese are currently classified as being in an emergency state and are in phase 4 of the food security classification.

According to the UN classification, Phase 5 is the most severe level which indicates famine. The UN agency reports that more than half of the population in West Darfur, where violence is rampant, is suffering from acute hunger. This situation also applies to numerous children in the refugee camps located in Adré, located in eastern Chad.

Soukaina Sghir

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