UN sends humanitarian chief to Sudan over humanitarian crisis | News
The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, decided to send the organization's emergency aid coordinator to Sudan in view of the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian crisis in the African country due to recent armed clashes.
Sudanese paramilitaries announce extension of ceasefire
The scale and speed of what the crisis is unfolding is unprecedented in Sudan, Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.
He also added that the UN is concerned about the immediate short- and long-term impact of the fighting between the army and the Rapid Support Forces (FAR) rebel group on all Sudanese and the region.
The scale & speed of what is unfolding in Sudan is unprecedented in the country.
In light of the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian crisis, I am sending @UNReliefChief to the region immediately.
I once again call for the protection of civilians & respect for humanitarians.
—António Guterres (@antonioguterres)
April 30, 2023
In the statement, the UN official reiterated the call to the opposing parties to respect the cessation of hostilities to allow care and protection for the civilian population, agency workers and medical personnel.
For his part, the UN Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, Martin Griffiths, stated in a statement that since the start of the fighting in Sudan, the situation in the country is reaching a breaking point.
Griffiths reported that he is traveling to the African country to try to provide help and relief to the millions of people "whose lives have been turned upside down overnight."
Two weeks since clashes erupted in Khartoum and around Sudan, the humanitarian situation is reaching breaking point.
At the request of@antonioguterres, I'm on my way to the region to see how we can bring immediate relief to the people impacted. https://t.co/dCE9ekPb0R
— Martin Griffiths (@UNReliefChief)
April 30, 2023
"However, the obvious solution to this crisis is to stop the fighting," warned the UN Humanitarian Affairs chief.
Clashes continue in the capital Khartoum, while the army and the rebels announced on Sunday the extension of a little-respected truce that allowed the evacuation of foreigners and continued negotiations.
According to the UN, at least 75,000 internally displaced people and up to 270,000 people could flee the fighting in 12 of Sudan's 18 states.
According to the African country's Ministry of Health, the clashes have left more than 500 dead and more than 4,000 injured, although the UN has indicated that the number of deaths and injuries is much higher.
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