Sudan Soon To Be ‘World’s Largest Hunger Crisis’

The United Nations’ World Food Programme said Wednesday that Sudan’s nearly 11-month war between opposing generals “risks triggering the world’s largest hunger crisis”.

The conflict between army head Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his former deputy, Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, who commands Sudan’s paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, has killed tens of thousands of people, damaged infrastructure, and crippled the economy.

It has also dislocated almost eight million people, in addition to the two million who were forced to flee their homes prior to the conflict, making it the world’s worst displacement catastrophe.

WFP executive director Cindy McCain stated that “millions of lives and the peace and stability of an entire region are at stake” right now.

“Twenty years ago, Darfur was the world’s largest hunger crisis, and the world rallied to respond,” she explained, referring to Sudan’s huge western region.

“But today, the people of Sudan have been forgotten.”

Former dictator Omar al-Bashir utilized the Janjaweed militia against ethnic minority rebels in Darfur in the early 2000s, and the RSF are descended from that group.

During the current conflict, both the RSF and the army have been accused of indiscriminately bombarding residential areas, targeting civilians, and delaying and commandeering vital aid.

The World Food Programme (WFP) is currently unable to reach 90% of those experiencing “emergency levels of hunger,” and only 5% of Sudan’s population can afford a square meal each day.

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, “families arrive hungry and are met with more hunger” in packed transit camps in South Sudan, where 600,000 Sudanese refugees have fled.

It noted that one out of every five children crossing the border was malnourished.

Across Sudan, 18 million people are facing acute food security issues, with five million experiencing catastrophic hunger – the highest emergency classification short of famine.

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