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FILE PHOTO: A man walks while smoke rises above buildings after aerial bombardment, during clashes between the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces and the army in Khartoum North, Sudan, May 1, 2023. REUTERS/

ICPAC calls for urgent action to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in Sudan

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Humanitarian needs in Sudan have reached alarmingly high proportions and the IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC) says urgent action is needed to prevent a looming humanitarian tragedy.

“We are confronted with a dire humanitarian situation in Sudan, where millions of lives are threatened by hunger, malnutrition, and diseases,” Dr Workneh Gebeyehu, IGAD Executive Secretary said. “Now, more than ever, the moment calls for collective action and global solidarity to provide essential life-saving aid to the Sudanese people and the neighboring countries hosting Sudanese refugees.”

Wonkeh also underscored the need to address the root cause of the ongoing crisis in Sudan through urgent and coordinated efforts that will cease hostilities. 

Livelihood disruptions, large-scale displacement, trade interruption, and limited humanitarian access following a year-long conflict are also factors in Sudan’s present situation.

According to Farayi Zimudzi, the Interim Subregional Coordinator for East Africa at the Food Administration Organization, the situation is extremely critical. 

“Over 18 million people currently face acute food insecurity, which is the highest number ever recorded during a harvest season. Moreover, more than 8 million people have been displaced, making Sudan the site of the world’s largest displacement crisis.’’,  Zimudzi has said. 

According to a United Nations situational report, Sudan needs 2.7 billion U.S. dollars in humanitarian funding to address the crises.

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