WHO Warns of ‘Catastrophic’ Famine Risk in Sudan

Soukaina Sghir
Soukaina Sghir
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Amidst the tenth month of the conflict between General al-Burhan’s army and General Hemedti’s Rapid Support Forces, 18 million Sudanese find themselves grappling with acute food insecurity.

Peter Graff, the World Health Organization’s representative in Sudan, expresses grave concern over the prospect of “catastrophic levels of hunger” in the coming months. He particularly highlights the period from April onwards, as there will be no harvests until July. During this lean season, cereal stocks dwindle, and prices soar.

Those experiencing food insecurity are increasingly vulnerable as the Sudanese healthcare system collapses.

Infectious diseases run rampant, with over a million cases of malaria recorded in the country. Instances of cholera, dengue, and measles are also on the rise.

Médecins Sans Frontières reports that a child dies every two hours in the Zamzam displaced persons camp, located in Darfur. Additionally, UNICEF issues a stark warning: tens of thousands of children could perish if no action is taken.

It’s worth noting that the conflict has forced nearly 2 million people out of the country, while over 6 million Sudanese are internally displaced.

Soukaina Sghir

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