Sudan: Humanitarian Situation Particularly Dire in Khartoum and Darfur As Clashes Impede Aid

Khartoum / Zalingei / Wad Madani — Sudanese and international organisations report an increasingly worsening human tragedy in Sudan due to the war that has entered its seventh week despite a fragile ceasefire, which is due to end today. Especially Khartoum and Darfur are facing dire situations as ongoing fighting prevents aid supplies from reaching residents.

Voluntary agencies said that they are finding it very difficult to deliver humanitarian aid due to the continued fighting.

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) even warned that “without urgent measures, we may be forced to stop our life-saving operations in many parts of the country,” the director of Humanitarian Operations at the Brussels Operations Centre told Radio Dabanga.

MSF called on the parties to the conflict in Sudan to ensure that humanitarian aid reaches those in need.

Humanitarian aid

The Sudanese Ministry of Health announced that about 690 tonnes of humanitarian aid supplies have arrived in Sudan since the outbreak of the violence, including 367 tonnes of medical supplies.

The Minister of Social Development, Ahmed Bakheet, said in a press statement yesterday that there are no obstacles facing the flow of humanitarian aid supplies to the states of Sudan, except to Khartoum and Darfur where ongoing clashes are taking place.

Bakheet said that the Governor of Darfur, Minni Minawi, is ready to secure the flow of aid to Darfur and stressed the urgent need for aid in the areas of El Geneina and Zalingei specifically.

Zalingei catastrophe

Mustafa Tambour, head of the Sudan Liberation Movement faction SLM-Tambour, told Radio Dabanga said that Zalingei, capital of Central Darfur, will soon witness a humanitarian catastrophe as food reserves are depleted.

Telephone and internet connections have been cut for more than a week.

Tambour explained that the RSF attempted to take control of the military base in the city in the past days, but the army have been able to repel the attacks.

RSF paramilitaries, nevertheless, plundered various institutions and neighbourhoods in the city. “The situation in Zalingei is catastrophic and the people need urgent humanitarian intervention.”

Medical shortages

Medical doctor Ahmed Abdelrahman told radio Dabanga that the humanitarian situation in Khartoum and El Gezira has become extremely dire.