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Internal displacement in Sudan nearly doubles since onset of conflict

Khartoum, Sept 7 (Prensa Latina) The number of people internally displaced has nearly doubled since the start of the conflict in Sudan according to the latest figures by the International Organization for Migration's (IOM) Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM).  

Nearly 7.1 million people are internally displaced within Sudan, of that 3.8 million are newly displaced as a result of the violence that erupted mid-April between the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and the Sudanese Armed Force (SAF). Most internally displaced persons (IDPs) are in River Nile, East Darfur, Northern, South Darfur, Sennar, and White Nile states.  

The conflict has caused a severe humanitarian crisis as shortages of food, water, medicines, and fuel have become extremely acute. Prices of essential goods have dramatically increased due to disrupted trade routes and limited access, making them unaffordable for those remaining in besieged towns and cities across Sudan. Widespread human rights violations have been reported, including gender-based violence, forced displacement, and killings of civilians.  

Since the onset of violence, over one million people have fled to neighbouring countries, with Chad receiving the most arrivals followed by Egypt, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Central African Republic, and Libya. Of these, 67% are Sudanese nationals.

Needs in Sudan are at an all-time high, with 24.7 million people — or half of the country’s population — in need of humanitarian aid and protection. 

“The people of Sudan deserve peace. Any further escalation of violence would further devastate the country and the region,” said Federico Soda, IOM Director of the Department of Operations and Emergencies.