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Hunger Crisis in Sudan Deepens Amid War, Aid Delivery Hindered


18 million in Sudan face acute hunger amid war, with aid delivery challenged and a $2.7 billion UN appeal largely unmet.

By Mackenzie Crow

4/4, 09:49 EDT

Key Takeaway

  • 18 million people in Sudan face "acute hunger" amid war, with aid delivery severely hampered by revoked permissions and security issues.
  • The UN's humanitarian appeal for Sudan is critically underfunded, having raised only $145 million of the needed $2.7 billion.
  • France plans a donor conference on April 15 to address the crisis, but the growing needs and ongoing conflict challenge relief efforts.

Hunger Crisis Deepens

In Sudan, a country already grappling with significant challenges, the situation has taken a dire turn as war exacerbates hunger to unprecedented levels. The World Food Programme (WFP) has reported that a staggering 18 million people are now experiencing "acute hunger," a situation made even more critical by the difficulties in delivering aid to those in need.

Aid Obstacles

The government's decision to revoke permission for humanitarian groups to bring life-saving aid into the country in February has significantly hindered relief efforts. Although the WFP managed to send several convoys carrying food into the western Darfur region last week, where some of the worst fighting and atrocities have occurred, the overall aid delivery process remains fraught with challenges.

Security Concerns

"Security and ongoing fighting continue to pose immense challenges for WFP and other aid agencies trying to reach communities trapped in active battle zones," the WFP stated. This highlights the grim reality that, despite the urgent need, delivering aid is complicated by the ongoing conflict, which has left at least 14,600 people dead and forced 8.2 million to flee their homes.

Funding Shortfall

Compounding the crisis, the United Nations' humanitarian appeal for Sudan, amounting to $2.7 billion, has only seen a fraction of the required funds being met, with just $145 million raised so far. This funding shortfall severely limits the capacity of aid organizations to provide the necessary support to those affected by the conflict.

International Response

In an attempt to garner more support, France is planning to host a donor conference on April 15, coinciding with the first anniversary of the war. This effort aims to bring more attention to the dire situation in Sudan and mobilize additional resources. However, the success of this initiative remains uncertain, as the needs on the ground continue to grow.