100,000 people flee conflict in Sudan as civilians face "catastrophe," according to the UN

May 2, 2023



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The UN has warned of a "full-blown catastrophe" if fighting does not end in Sudan, with more than 100,000 people fleeing since heavy fighting broke out between rival forces on 15 April. The two sides have agreed to enter into talks to negotiate a "stable and reliable" ceasefire, with Saudi Arabia as a potential venue. More than 500 people have been killed and more than 4,000 have been wounded in the fighting, according to Sudan's health ministry. Refugees have also been fleeing over Sudan's border with Egypt in the north and Chad in the west. Most European states have completed the evacuation of their nationals, but Russia is sending four military planes to fly out more than 200 people from Sudan.

In Khartoum, food, water and electricity are running out, but desperately needed aid supplies are being warehoused. The World Health Organization (WHO) regional director Ahmed al-Mandhari reported that 26 reported attacks on healthcare facilities in Khartoum have resulted in the death of healthcare workers and civilians. The UN's Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Abdou Dieng, warned that more than two weeks of fighting risked turning the humanitarian crisis into a "full blown catastrophe" as one-third of Sudan's population, nearly 16 million people, already needed humanitarian aid and 3.7 million people were internally displaced.

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