Wed. Jul 24th, 2024

The International Organization for Migration announced that the ongoing war in Sudan for a year has forced 20,000 Sudanese daily to flee their homes, noting that 53% of the displaced are children.

More than 8.6 million people were displaced last year due to worsening fighting in the country.

“Millions of people are displaced, hungry and vulnerable to exploitation and abuse, but their plight is being ignored by much of the world,” said IOM Director-General Amy Pope, while attending the International Humanitarian Conference for Sudan and its neighboring countries, in Paris.

The situation in Sudan, which is experiencing the world’s largest internal displacement crisis, is further complicated by a lack of funding for the humanitarian response, with only 5 per cent of the $2.7 billion plan aimed at reaching 14.7 million people secured.

Since the outbreak of the war, more than 6.6 million people have been forcibly displaced within Sudan, with economic activity disrupted and supply lines cut off, leading to widespread food insecurity, with some 5 million people at risk of famine.

Women and girls are at increased risk of violence, sexual exploitation, and undernutrition, while humanitarian actors face enormous challenges in reaching communities in need, especially in the violent fighting zones of Khartoum, Darfur, Kordofan and Jazira.

In neighboring countries, the crisis is adding to pressure on countries’ capacities to deal with the influx of refugees, with the number of arrivals to neighboring countries reaching alarming levels, according to the International Organization for Migration.

Twenty-seven human rights organizations revealed that people fleeing the war in Sudan were subjected to ill-treatment by the Egyptian authorities, issuing Resolution No. 3326, which allowed “the arrest and detention of Sudanese refugees and asylum seekers in inhumane conditions,” after subjecting them to “unfair trials, and forcibly returning them to Sudan in violation of Egypt’s international obligations, human rights principles and conventions, and the Egyptian constitution.”

The French newspaper “Le Monde” published a petition signed by a group of officials in humanitarian organizations and researchers, calling on the French authorities to take into account the seriousness of the conflict in Sudan when making decisions regarding Sudanese asylum seekers, their detention and expulsion.


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