Experts Warn: 755,000 People In War-torn Sudan Could Go Hungry.

Experts Warn: 755,000 People In War-torn Sudan Could Go Hungry.

Senior UN officials stated that the fighting has caused a hunger crisis of a magnitude not seen since the Darfur conflict in the early 2000s.

The most recent results are from the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification, or IPC, an endeavor that was started in 2004 in response to the Somali famine and is currently supported by over a dozen governments, aid organizations, and U.N. agencies.

According to the report, following 14 months of conflict in Sudan, 8.5 million people are experiencing severe food shortages, and hunger has spread to the country’s capital, Khartoum, as well as to the once-breadbasket province of Jazira.

Simmering tensions between the military, under the command of General Abdel-Fattah Burhan, and a notorious paramilitary group, the Rapid Support Forces, led by General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, erupted into open fighting in Khartoum and other parts of the country in April of last year, plunging the northeastern African nation into anarchy.

According to the United Nations, the catastrophic conflict has claimed the lives of over 14,000 people and injured 33,000 more, but rights activists believe the number could be much higher.

More than 11 million people were forced to leave their homes as a result of the fighting, creating the greatest displacement crisis in history. Both sides employed hunger and starvation as weapons of mass destruction, according to UN human rights experts.

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