Sudan’s Civil War Threatens World’s Largest Hunger Crisis

WFP Warns of Imminent ‘World’s Largest Hunger Crisis’ in Sudan

The ongoing conflict in Sudan between rival generals poses a serious threat to triggering the world’s largest hunger crisis, according to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP). The conflict between army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his former deputy Mohamed Hamdan Daglo has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths, destruction of infrastructure, and economic collapse in Sudan. This has led to the displacement of over eight million people, in addition to the two million who were already forced from their homes before the war began, making it the largest displacement crisis in the world.

WFP Executive Director Cindy McCain expressed concern for the millions of lives at stake and the peace and stability of the entire region as a result of the war. The RSF, commanded by Daglo, have been accused of indiscriminate attacks on residential areas, targeting civilians, and obstructing aid delivery. The WFP is currently unable to access 90% of those facing severe hunger levels in Sudan, with only five percent of the population able to afford a daily meal.

In South Sudan, where many refugees from Sudan have fled, families are arriving in crowded transit camps hungry and are facing even more hunger. The U.N. food agency reported that one in five children crossing the border from Sudan is malnourished. Overall, 18 million people in Sudan are facing acute food insecurity, with five million of them at catastrophic levels of hunger, just below famine classification. The situation is dire and requires urgent international attention and support.

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