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03 October, 2023
 
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More than 330,000 people displaced in Sudan due to conflict

The UN fears a mass exodus of more than 800,000 people from the country

The deadly conflict in Sudan has displaced more than 330,000 people inside the country, while more than 100,000 have crossed the border to neighboring countries, the United Nations has announced.

At the same time, the UN announced that the aid program for Sudan is only 14% funded this year, and aid agencies lack an amount of 1.5 billion dollars to deal with the humanitarian crisis in the country that already existed, but worsened due to the conflicts.

A spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Jens Lerke, appealed to the international community to support aid organizations.

"Without it, they simply cannot function," he said during a UN press conference in Geneva, explaining that humanitarian agencies lacked the resources to operate in Sudan even before the outbreak of conflict.

Fears of an exodus of "over 800,000 people"

According to the International Organization for Migration, clashes between the regular army and paramilitary forces since mid-April have forced more than 334,000 people to flee the country.

"The number of people who have fled their homes in the last two weeks exceeds all displacements linked to the conflict in Sudan in 2022," the IOM spokesman said during the press conference.

The UN fears a mass exodus from Sudan of "over 800,000 people" if fighting continues, as warring sides ignore ceasefire agreements and the international community fears a humanitarian catastrophe.

"This emergency is in its early stages and we are trying to crunch the numbers to give a picture of the scale of the emergency," said UNHCR spokeswoman Olga Saragado.

Source: APE - MEB, AFP, Reuters

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