UN warns of Sudan humanitarian crisis amidst stalled peace talks

In the complex landscape of Sudan’s mounting conflict and humanitarian challenges, recent statements from the United Nations reflect growing concerns over the situation’s deteriorating trajectory.

Martin Griffiths, UN official
Martin Griffiths, UN’s Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs. Photo courtesy: UKinUSA, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The deteriorating situation in Sudan has drawn a stark warning from Martin Griffiths, the UN’s Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, stressing the pressing need for global intervention.

Approximately 25 million Sudanese require urgent humanitarian aid, but mounting conflicts are impeding relief efforts, as detailed by UN Spokesperson Stephanie Tremblay.

Tremblay’s appeal to the international community, particularly those capable of influencing Sudan’s conflicting parties, urged immediate action to quell the violence and safeguard humanitarian missions intended to assist millions.

Amidst these urgent appeals, General Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, a key Sudanese paramilitary figure, expressed a commitment to a ceasefire during his meeting with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in Pretoria. Dagalo highlighted extensive efforts to end the war but did not specify a timeline for meeting Sudan’s military chief, General Abdel-Fattah Burhan.

The tensions between Dagalo and Burhan, once allies but now foes, erupted into full-scale conflict in April, claiming over 12,000 lives, although the actual toll might surpass this, according to activists and medical professionals.

Displacement figures exceed 7 million. Despite talks of ceasefire, the conflict intensifies, leading to the exodus of 300,000 from Wad Medani due to assaults by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

The RSF’s actions in Wad Medani have triggered apprehension among residents, fearing potential atrocities akin to those in Khartoum and Darfur. Accusations of war crimes and crimes against humanity have been leveled against both the RSF and the Sudanese military by the U.S. State Department amidst the nine-month-long conflict.

As international pressure mounts, Dagalo continues his diplomatic tour across African nations, engaging with leaders to address the ongoing crisis. However, ceasefire discussions between the conflicting factions have yet to yield progress, exacerbating the dire humanitarian crisis in Sudan.

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