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Sudan fighting devastating to Sudanese people – OCHA


GOOGJOOG NEWS | KHARTOUM: The Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan has expressed concern over the effect of the ongoing fighting in Sudan in Civilians.

In a statement released Friday, Abdou Dieng, OCHA coordinator in Sudan said he was horrified by the toll the clashes have had on the Sudanese people and called for an immediate ceasefire to allow humanitarian aid to reach the affected people.

“I am horrified by the toll the clashes are having on civilians. At least 331 people have been killed nationwide, including five aid workers, and nearly 3,200 have been injured,” Mr Dieng said.

Mr. Dieng called on the two warring sides to implement humanitarian pauses and to cease hostilities to allow civilians – including aid workers to move to safety, replenish supplies and access essential items such as food and water.

He also condemned the attack on hospitals, humanitarian staff and facilities saying access to health facilities is paramount.

“Many hospitals have had to close. And in those that are functioning, widespread blackouts and lack of electricity place patients at high risk. Several hospitals have run out of blood and other essential supplies,” he added.

He noted that as the Holy Month of Ramadan ends, peace and reconciliation should prevail and that all parties to the conflict should immediately end the fighting and work towards a peaceful resolution.

“Every year at this time, people come together with their families and loved ones to celebrate Eid. But this year, the people of Sudan are in danger, fleeing their homes for their lives. Families are being separated. Many will not have access to food, water, essential medicines or other basic services,” Mr. Dieng observed.