Sudan faces 'inferno of violence' and risk of famine, UN warns

Residents of conflict-hit Sudan are "trapped in an inferno of brutal violence" and increasingly at risk of famine due to the rainy season and blocked aid, the UN's humanitarian coordinator for the country warned Wednesday.

Tens of thousands of people have died and millions have been displaced since war broke out in April 2023 between the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

"Famine is closing in. Diseases are closing in. The fighting is closing in and there's no end in sight," Clementine Nkweta-Salami told a press conference.

The grim situation is only expected to worsen, with "just six weeks before the lean season sets in, when food becomes less available, and more expensive."

Noting that more than four million people are facing potential famine, Nkweta-Salami added that the onset of the country's rainy season means that "reaching people in need becomes even more difficult."

The area's planting season also "could fail if we aren't able to procure and deliver seeds for farmers," she said.

And "after more than a year of conflict, the people of Sudan are trapped in an inferno of brutal violence."

"In short, the people of Sudan are in the path of a perfect storm that is growing more lethal by the day," Nkweta-Salami warned, adding that the humanitarian community needs "unfettered access to reach people in need, wherever they are."

"Right now the humanitarian assistance they rely on can't get through," Nkweta-Salami said.


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