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IOM: over 7m internally displaced in Sudan

September 6, 2023 at 8:48 am

Trucks carrying foreign humanitarian aid pass by Gadaref on the main road linkin the Sudanse capital Khartoum with Port Sudan on July 10, 2023 [AFP via Getty Images]

Nearly 7.1 million people have been internally displaced in Sudan, more than half of whom are newly displaced as a result of the conflict that began in April, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said in a statement yesterday.

“The people of Sudan deserve peace. Any further escalation of violence would further devastate the country and the region,” said Federico Soda, IOM director of the Department of Operations and Emergencies.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had said on Monday that it now expects 1.8 million to be displaced from Sudan by the end of the year, appealing for $1 billion to help Sudanese refugees amid reports of rising rates of disease and death among Sudanese refugees.

More than 3,000 civilians have been killed and thousands injured since the outbreak of violence in Sudan in April, according to local medics.

Several cease-fire agreements brokered by Saudi and US mediators between the warring rivals failed to end violence in the country.

READ: $1bn needed to help 1.8m people fleeing Sudan: UN