1 The situation of Sudan‘s most vulnerable children is so dire that half of the most severely malnourished youth are expected to die without urgent humanitarian intervention, UN agencies said on Friday.
2 “As we speak today, 650,000 children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition.
3 If they don’t get treatment, half of them will die,” said the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) representative in Sudan, Mandeep O Brien, underscoring what veteran aid workers have called an unprecedented crisis.
4 Recent mounting problems in Sudan have their roots in a military coup in October 2021 that led to a freeze on international funding for aid operations and forced UN relief teams to cut rations in half, in some cases.
5 The ongoing political “tumult” has also weakened state support structures for struggling families, who have had to deal with dramatic increases in food prices and inter-tribal violence, said the Country Director of the World Program for UN Food (WFP) in Sudan, Eddie Rowe. Rising Hunger “Right now, the WFP (has) projected that about 15 million people would go hungry every day since the hungry season began, and we are now doing an assessment because our indicators projected that this could rise to 18 million in the end.
6 this month,” he said.
7 “We are still dealing with an increased incidence of inter-tribal conflict and violence, and this has in fact now spread not only to Darfur, but to other parts of the country… The Ukraine War has also had a significant impact.
8 All of this in the context of a politically unstable country has resulted in an unprecedented humanitarian crisis this year.” Solidarity with Sudan In an appeal to the international community to “stand in solidarity with the children of Sudan”, Mandeep O Brien of UNICEF pointed out that the crisis reflected much more than the lack of food, with basic health services, clean water, sanitation and education .
9 severely lacking.
10 “Routine immunization is sadly declining in Sudan.
12 Skyrocketing costs of living Echoing those concerns, the UN refugee agency’s (UNHCR) representative in Sudan, Axel Bisschop, warned that refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sudan had seen of life “shot”.
13 This was linked to the “ripple effects of the war in Ukraine, the lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and extreme weather resulting from the climate crisis,” he said.
14 “Sudan today hosts around 1.1 million refugees,” explained the UNHCR official, noting that the new inter-communal clashes this year and the burning and looting of villages, markets, houses and livestock in the states of Darfur, Kordofan and the Blue Nile had displaced more than 177,000 people.
15 “We also have about 3.7 million internally displaced people.
16 And as my colleagues here have pointed out, the humanitarian crisis, which is really turning into a food crisis, is affecting marginalized communities, including refugees and internally displaced people.” Funding shortfall Humanitarian funding levels for the three agencies remain well below what is necessary to provide effective prevention support.
17 The fear is that unless promises are made soon, the cost of having to respond to a much larger emergency will be much higher.
18 To illustrate the extent of the funding gap, as of September 13, UNHCR had received just a third of the $348.9 million needed this year to deliver an effective response and provide life-saving assistance and protection amid rising needs.