Thousands of Sudanese forced into Libya amid conflict

More than 40,000 Sudanese refugees and asylum-seekers have fled to Libya following escalating conflict in Sudan, reported the United Nations on Sunday.

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) issued a stark warning of an imminent humanitarian crisis unless urgent aid reaches those affected.

Critical needs highlighted in the latest bulletin include health services, mental health support, food, shelter, household essentials for displaced persons, and logistical assistance.

Last month, WFP launched an appeal under the Joint Response Plan for Sudanese Refugees in Libya (RPSL), seeking $43.8 million, with $3.9 million aimed at providing essential food aid to approximately 55,000 vulnerable Sudanese refugees and host communities in Libya.

To address immediate needs across various locations, WFP has bolstered emergency food stocks, prepositioning 83 metric tons in Tripoli and Benghazi.

In addition to aid efforts, WFP has provided in-kind food assistance to 480 vulnerable migrants expelled from Tunisia to the Libyan border near Alassa.

The exact number of displaced individuals remains difficult to ascertain due to ongoing waves of arrivals from war-torn Sudan.

Since mid-April 2023, conflict involving the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) has claimed approximately 13,900 lives and displaced more than 8.5 million Sudanese, according to UN reports, marking one of the largest displacement crises since World War II.

Despite international mediation efforts, the conflict has persisted into its second year, exacerbating Sudan’s humanitarian plight.

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