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UN: 114,000 Sudan citizens displaced in 1 week

September 23, 2023 at 10:31 am

Sudanese queue outside a passport office in Gedaref on September 3, 2023, following an announcement by the authorities of the resumption of issuing passports in war-torn Sudan [AFP via Getty Images]

The United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) announced on Friday that more than 114,000 people were displaced during the past week in Sudan.

UNOCHA shared in a report on developments in the humanitarian situation in Sudan that, given the continued fighting between the army and the Rapid Support Forces since last April, around 5.3 million people have fled their homes within Sudan or neighbouring countries.

“Within Sudan, more than 4.2 million people have been displaced to 3,929 locations across all 18 states,” noted the report, adding: “This includes about 114,700 people who were displaced over the past week alone.”

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According to the report: “Over one million people have crossed into neighbouring countries as of 13 September, including the Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia and South Sudan.”

The report stated: “The UN-led humanitarian appeal remains woefully underfunded – at about 31 per cent of what is needed – and Sudan’s warring parties continue to undermine efforts to deliver aid safely.”

On 17 May, the UN and its humanitarian agencies launched an appeal to provide about $2.6 billion to finance the response plan to the humanitarian crisis in Sudan.

Since mid-April, the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces have been engaged in clashes that a series of truces have not been able to stop, leaving more than 3,000 dead, most of them civilians, and more than five million displaced and refugees inside and outside the country, according to the UN.

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