| 28 May 2024, Tuesday |

UN says 30 percent of Sudan’s people will need aid next year

According to a UN estimate released on Monday, 30% of Sudan’s population would require humanitarian assistance next year, the figure being “the highest in a decade.”

Sudan’s economic crisis and the Covid epidemic, floods and sickness, and the fact that Sudan, one of the world’s poorest nations, also shelters millions of refugees and internally displaced persons, or IDPs, were all implicated.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 14.3 million of Sudan’s 47.9 million people, including citizens and refugees, will require humanitarian assistance next year.

According to the research, this is roughly 800,000 more people than this year, and “the number of individuals in need in Sudan in 2022 is the greatest in the preceding decade.”

Women and children make up more than half of the vulnerable population.

Sudan has approximately three million IDPs as a result of decades of violence, especially in the western area of Darfur, where fighting began in 2003 and has killed 300,000 people, according to the UN.

In addition, the nation is home to almost 1.2 million refugees and asylum seekers, 68 percent of them are from South Sudan, which declared independence in 2011.

Sudan has been in the grip of political turmoil, which exacerbated with the resignation of President Omar al-Bashir in April 2019 following large protests against his administration.

Sudan has been administered by a transition government since then, until further unrest erupted in October.

On October 25, military ruler General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan took control and jailed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, but following worldwide criticism and large protests, the premier was reinstated in a November 21 accord.

Sudan has lately experienced runaway inflation and has implemented significant economic reforms, including the elimination of gasoline and diesel subsidies and the implementation of a controlled currency float.

  • AFP