APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) The UNHCR and the World Health Organisation (WHO) are sounding the alarm on the worsening health situation in Sudan amid ongoing clashes between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) that began on 15 April 2023.
The UN organisations said more than 1,200 South Sudanese refugee children under five have died in nine camps in White Nile State, Sudan between 15 May and 14 September due to a deadly combination of a suspected measles outbreak and high malnutrition.
Last week, heads of over 50 human rights and humanitarian organizations issued a joint statement urging for more aid, solidarity, and attention to the Sudan crisis.
The United States government last week issued a statement denouncing the recent increase of indiscriminate air and artillery strikes in different parts of Sudan including in Khartoum, South Darfur and South Kordofan states.
Nearly a million refugees, including a growing number of refugee returnees, have fled Sudan and arrived to harrowing conditions in neighboring countries – including Chad, the Central African Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia and South Sudan.
Additionally, over 185,000 refugees hosted by Sudan have been forced to move to safer areas within the country, becoming trapped in a relentless cycle of displacement, according to the UN refugee agency.
Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Clementine Nkweta-Salami in a statement said as of 18 September, the total number of internally displaced in Sudan stands at 4,118,119 individuals.