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On December 16, 2023 local time, people displaced by the conflict in Sudan climbed on the back of a truck and drove on the road in Wad Madani, Sudan. (File photo: CFP)

IOM urges international community not to abandon Sudan

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The Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Amy Pope, on Wednesday urged the global community to increase funding efforts and not abandon millions of civilians bearing the brunt of the nine-month conflict in Sudan.

Pope emphasized the critical need for a coordinated and sustained humanitarian response to address the escalating needs of the largest displacement crisis in the world.

IOM’s Situation Report states that as per the latest Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) report released on January 16, more than 7.7 million people have been compelled to flee their homes in Sudan since the conflict began on April 15, 2023. Of this total, six million are internally displaced within Sudan, while an additional 1.7 million have sought refuge in neighboring countries such as South Sudan, Chad, Ethiopia, Egypt, the Central African Republic, and Libya.

IOM seeks 307 million U.S. dollars in 2024 for aiding 1.2 million people affected by the conflict including internally displaced persons, refugees, returnees, and third-country nationals.

Pope recently visited Eastern Chad to witness the conflict’s impact on displaced people and stressed the urgent requirement for a ceasefire in Sudan to allow affected individuals to rebuild their lives with dignity.

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