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Millions Displaced as UN Warns of “Full-Scale Civil War” in Sudan

Since the fighting that began on the 15th of April 2023, it is estimated that at least 2.9 million people have been displaced and driven from their homes, with at least 700,000 forced to flee to neighboring countries.

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Since the fighting that began on the 15th of April 2023, it is estimated that at least 2.9 million people have been displaced and driven from their homes, with at least 700,000 forced to flee to neighboring countries.

As diplomatic efforts for a lasting peace deal and ceasefire prove ineffective, the UN has now warned of a “full-scale civil war” in Sudan as more than 2.9 million people continue to be displaced due to fighting.

The fighting between Sudan’s army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) paramilitary continues, with clashes happening just on Sunday in the south of the capital Khartoum. And according to Sudan’s health minister, strikes by fighter jets on Saturday killed at least 22 people in Omdurman. Both the army and the RSF have denied responsibility, and have blamed the other side for the casualties.

The army has used air strikes and heavy artillery to put pressure on RSF troops – spread across Khartoum, Omdurman, and Khartoum North, which are the three cities most heavily affected by the fighting.

Other areas of Sudan like the western region of Darfur, however, have also seen heavy violence – residents claim that militias from Arab tribes along with the RSF have specifically targeted civilians on an ethnic basis.

Since the fighting that began on the 15th of April 2023, it is estimated that at least 2.9 million people have been displaced and driven from their homes, with at least 700,000 forced to flee to neighboring countries.

Chad is one of those neighboring countries that has seen a huge influx of Sudanese refugees, with “cases of malnutrition on the rise in camps in eastern Chad and other parts of Chad where Sudanese refugees have moved to”.

The UNHCR has reported that at least 36,423 Sudanese refugees have been relocated to seven existing camps in Chad along the border, but are preparing for as many as 245,000 more refugees by the end of the year due to the continued fighting.

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