The UN announced on Thursday that the fighting in Sudan, which has resulted in thousands of deaths and seven million displaced people over the course of seven months, is expanding into new areas of the country and that a growing “humanitarian calamity” is imminent.
The international agency claims that attacks against women and outbreaks of interethnic violence are among the deadly upheavals.
In a Security Council meeting, Ghanaian diplomat Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, the UN assistant secretary-general for Africa, warned members that “Sudan is facing a convergence of a worsening humanitarian calamity and a catastrophic human rights crisis.” Pobee expressed alarm over the rapidly worsening situation.
More than 9,000 people have died in violence that began in Sudan on April 15 and pitted army leader Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan against Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, the commander of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), his former deputy. This is according to the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project. Most people believe that the figure is underestimated. “Humanitarian operations and civilians are at risk as hostilities have spread to new areas like Gezira, White Nile, and West Kordofan states,” Pobee stated.