U.N. warns 800,000 in Sudan city of imminent and severe danger

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There is “extreme and immediate danger” for 800,000 people in a city in Sudan due to the escalating violence, which top UN officials have described as threatening to unleash murderous inter-communal turmoil throughout Darfur.

War broke out in Sudan a year ago between the Sudanese army (SAF) and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), leading to the worst displaced population disaster in the world, as reported by the 460PLAY.

Conflicts between the RSF and the Joint Protection Forces, which are linked with the SAF, were drawing closer to El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur, according to UN political affairs chief Rosemary DiCarlo, who informed the fifteen-member Security Council.

To paraphrase what UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday, “Fighting in El Fasher could unleash bloody inter-communal strife throughout Darfur,” as DiCarlo put it.

About 8 million have left their homes, and the United Nations estimates that nearly 25 million people—half of Sudan’s population—need assistance.

“The violence poses an extreme and immediate danger to the 800,000 civilians who reside in El Fasher,” stated Edem Wosornu, director of UN relief operations.

More than 9 million people in Darfur are in critical need of humanitarian relief, and this might lead to additional conflict, she said.

A UN-backed global food security body emphasized the urgent need for action to “avert catastrophic hunger crisis in Sudan” and “prevent widespread death and total collapse of livelihoods” late last month.

Over two billion dollars were raised for the war-torn Sudan at a conference in Paris on Monday.

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