The Devastating Impact of Sudan’s Ongoing Conflict: Cindy McCain Discusses Dire Humanitarian Needs amid Violence

UN official warns that Sudan’s conflict could result in the world’s largest hunger crisis

The ongoing conflict in Sudan, which has been raging for about a year between rival generals, has devastated the lives of millions in the country. During a recent trip to South Sudan, Cindy McCain, head of the World Food Program, discussed the dire situation in Sudan where hundreds of thousands have fled the fighting in their home country. The United Nations food agency has reported that approximately 18 million people in Sudan are facing acute hunger, with many being trapped behind the front lines of conflict.

The violence in Sudan began in mid-April when clashes erupted in the capital city, Khartoum, between the military led by Gen. Abdel Fattah Burhan and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces commanded by Gen. Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo. The conflict quickly spread throughout the nation, affecting urban areas as well as the restive western Darfur region.

Thousands of people have been killed in the fighting, including in a mass killing in a Darfur town where between 10,000 and 15,000 people lost their lives. The conflict has also led to the uprooting of more than 10 million people, who have been forced to flee to safer areas within Sudan or to neighboring countries.

McCain emphasized the urgent need for the warring parties to cease fighting and allow humanitarian agencies to provide assistance. She highlighted that the consequences of inaction would have long-lasting impacts on the region and called for global attention and support to address the crisis in Sudan.

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