AFRICA/SUDAN - The crisis in Niger should not overshadow the one in Sudan, where the humanitarian situation is on the verge of collapse

Tuesday, 8 August 2023 wars   caritas   mulnutrition  

Khartoum (Fides News Agency) - The crisis in Niger has taken precedence over the war in Sudan, originating from the clash between the military and militiamen with the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), which may even draw in other armed factions operating on the territory.
As pointed out by the Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the war in Sudan has created an enormous humanitarian crisis: roughly half the population - over 24 million people - need humanitarian aid to survive. "Even before the outbreak of hostilities in April of this year, hunger and malnutrition were at record levels" the CRS remarks.
Over two and a half million people will end up hungry, bringing the number of people who face a serious shortage of food up to 9 million. There are over 3 million severely malnourished children.
Meanwhile, the fighting between the two parties continues and is concentrated - as far as the capital Khartoum is concerned - in the satellite city of Omdurman, where heavy artillery bombing has been reported. (L.M.) (Fides News Agency 8/8/2023)