Global humanitarian leaders have again called on Sudan’s warring sides to cease their fighting that they say has engulfed the Northeast African nation, affecting millions.
Sudan has been submerged in four months of bloody fighting that erupted on April 15 between the Sudanese Armed Forces and its breakaway Rapid Support Forces. On Tuesday, leaders of the United Nations’ various humanitarian branches called on the two sides to end the conflict while asking the international community to open their wallets and fund aid.
“It is time for a reset,” 20 U.N. leaders said in a statement to the Sudaneses people, the warring sides and the international community.
“We call for an immediate cessation of hostilities. The people of Sudan need peace and equitable access to humanitarian relief. And the international community must step up today, engage at all levels and act to put Sudan back on track and end the war.”
According to the latest assessment from the U.N.’s International Organization for Migration, more than 4.25 million people have been forced to flee their homes in Sudan because of the fighting, including 3.2 million internally displaced and nearly 1 million who have crossed borders into neighboring countries Egypt, Libya, Chad, Central African Republic, South Sudan and Ethiopia.
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