UN warns of escalating situation in Sudan after four months of conflict

The United Nations warned on Tuesday that millions of individuals in Sudan are facing food shortages, and some are losing their lives due to inadequate access to healthcare after four months of conflict that have caused significant destruction in the capital city of Khartoum and incited ethnically-motivated assaults in Darfur.

“Time is running out for farmers to plant the crops that will feed them and their neighbours. Medical supplies are scarce. The situation is spiralling out of control,” U.N. said in a statement.

The confrontation between Sudan’s military and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) erupted on April 15 due to tensions related to an intended transition to civilian governance.

Over four million individuals have been uprooted, with almost one million seeking refuge in neighboring nations due to the conflict.

“The remains of many of those killed have not been collected, identified or buried,” stated Elizabeth Throssell, spokesperson for the High Commissioner for Human Rights, during a briefing in Geneva.

The U.N. approximates that the death toll has exceeded 4,000.

The millions of people who are still present in Khartoum, as well as cities within the Darfur and Kordofan regions, have encountered widespread looting and enduring disruptions in power, communications, and water supply.

Power Grid Nearly Destroyed

Extensive areas of the nation have been grappling with a power outage since Sunday, which has also resulted in the disruption of mobile networks.

The United Nations approximates that seasonal rains, which heighten the vulnerability to water-borne illnesses, have caused destruction or damage to the residences of around 13,500 individuals.

The army leader in a speech on Monday claimed that the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) is seeking to regress the country and partaking in criminal activities.

The RSF since beginning of conflict has repeatedly accused the army of trying to seize full power under the direction of loyalists of Omar al-Bashir, the dictator who was toppled during a popular uprising in 2019.

Initiatives spearheaded by Saudi Arabia and the United States to broker a ceasefire in the ongoing conflict have reached an impasse. Moreover, humanitarian organizations have encountered challenges in delivering aid due to security concerns, instances of looting, and bureaucratic obstacles.

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