UN: Over One Million People Have Fled South Sudan Amid Civil War

The escalating armed conflict between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) has raised grave concerns

17/08/2023 - 19:38
Source: Foreign Policy
Source: Foreign Policy

The United Nations is sounding the alarm as the number of Sudanese refugees seeking asylum in neighboring countries has now exceeded one million, according to Sarbaz.kz citing Al Jazeera.

The internal conflict in Sudan has led to significant destruction in the capital city of Khartoum and has incited ethnically motivated attacks in Darfur. These events elevate the risk of prolonged civil unrest and instability in the region.

The civil war has forced 1,017,449 Sudanese citizens to seek refuge abroad, burdening countries that are already grappling with internal conflicts or economic hardships. Additionally, according to recent data provided by the International Organization for Migration, around 3,433,025 people have become internally displaced.

The United Nations, alongside human rights organizations, has accused both the military and the RSF of human rights violations. Despite these allegations, both forces have denied any wrongdoing.

Khartoum, once a thriving city, tragically turned into a battleground. RSF forces have seized residential homes across the city, converting them into strongholds. In response, the military initiated artillery shelling on residential neighborhoods, exacerbating the crisis even further.

Millions of residents remaining in Khartoum, as well as in cities across Darfur and Kordofan regions, are grappling with unchecked looting and enduring prolonged interruptions in essential services, including electricity, communication, and water supply.

Elizabeth Trossell, the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, highlighted a horrifying reality during a briefing in Geneva: "Many of the dead have not been collected, identified, or properly buried." She noted that, according to UN estimates, the death toll has surpassed 4,000 people.

Local activists and healthcare workers assert that the actual number of casualties is likely much higher, underscoring the gravity of the crisis.



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