A UN official announced that violent fighting in the city of El Fasher, the capital of western Sudan's Darfur region, had “resulted in deaths and injuries, widespread displacement and damage to infrastructure”, while the World Food Program said the situation in Sudan ” Catastrophic”, as it faces… approximately 18 million people are “acutely hungry”.
Toby Harvard, the UN's deputy humanitarian coordinator for Sudan, said on his VX account that “an escalation of the conflict would be devastating for the millions of displaced people who have taken refuge in the city.”
The UN official revealed that the UN office in Sudan receives reports of widespread recruitment of children aged 11 to 17 into warring parties and other armed groups in the city.
Harvard reported that “the recruitment and use of children in armed forces is a serious violation of children's rights and international humanitarian law.”
El Fasher is considered the last state capital in the Darfur region still under the control of government forces, following the fall of the city of Nyala, the capital of South Darfur state, El Jenina, the capital of West Darfur state, and El Dein, East Darfur. The state capital, and Zelingei, the capital of Central Darfur state, in the hands of the Rapid Support Forces.
If El Fasher falls into the hands of the Rapid Support Forces, these forces will have extended their influence and control over the entire Darfur region, which indicates that the battle for El Fasher is fatal for both sides.
In a related context, the World Food Program warns of a “catastrophic” situation in Sudan, where about 18 million people are facing “acute hunger”.
Due to the ongoing conflict between the army and the Rapid Support Forces in Sudan, “the number of hungry people has more than doubled compared to last year, and 5 million people are suffering from emergency levels of acute hunger,” the UN organization said. “
He said the situation has become dire, with about 18 million people across the country facing “severe hunger”.
Since mid-April 2023, the Sudanese army led by Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and the Rapid Support Forces led by Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo (Hemedati) have been waging a war that has left more than 13,000 people dead and more than 7 million displaced. went. Displaced persons and refugees, according to the United Nations.