Over 5 million displaced in Sudan as civil war grinds on

South Sudanese who fled from Sudan sit outside a nutrition clinic at a transit center in Renk, South Sudan, on May 16 (PHOTO: CNN}

Originally published in Fox News

More than 5 million people have now been displaced by the monthslong fighting in Sudan, the United Nations’ migration agency said on Wednesday as clashes between the country’s military and a rival paramilitary force show no sign of easing.

According to the International Organization for Migration, over four million people have been internally displaced since the conflicted erupted in mid-April while another 1.1 million have fled to neighboring countries. More than 750 000 have travelled to either Egypt or Chad, the agency said.

International efforts to mediate the conflict have so far failed. There have been at least nine cease-fire agreements since the outbreak and all have broken down.

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Sudan was plunged into chaos almost five months ago when long-simmering tensions between the military, led by Gen. Abdel Fattah Burhan, and the Rapid Support Forces, commanded by Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, escalated into open warfare.

The fighting has reduced Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, to an urban battlefield, with neither side managing to gain control of the city.

In the western Darfur region — the scene of a genocidal campaign in the early 2000s — the conflict has morphed into ethnic violence, with the RSF and allied Arab militias attacking ethnic African groups, according to rights groups and the UN.

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Children face starvation due to South Kordofan ‘siege’

Meanwhile, religious liberty analyst Elizabeth Kendal reports that in Sudan’s South Kordofan state (home to more than one million Christians), Save the Children reports (September 2): “Roadblocks have created a siege-like situation, with food stocks in Kadugli [the capital] fully depleted, and attempts to bring in more supplies failing.” Thousands are displaced without food, water or medical care. Save the Children’s Dr Arif Noor expects children will soon start dying from hunger. 

She urges Christians to pray:
– for the the Lord of the Breakthrough (2 Sam 5:20) open the way for life-saving humanitarian aid to be delivered to those in need.
– and to move in the hearts of those who have the potential to be peacemakers, and those who have authority and responsibility to negotiate solutions, for the saving of many lives; may the Lord grant them courage, conviction and direction.

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