18 relief workers were killed in the Sudan conflict
Since April 15, the violent conflict in Sudan has led to the deaths of 18 aid workers, with more than two dozen others being detained and some still unaccounted for, according to a report by the UN humanitarian coordinator in Sudan, Clementine Nkweta-Salami. The situation has also seen 50 humanitarian warehouses looted, 82 offices ransacked, and over 200 vehicles stolen. The attacks on humanitarian personnel and facilities have been strongly condemned as they hinder the crucial delivery of aid to those in need. Nkweta-Salami emphasized that all parties involved in the conflict must adhere to international humanitarian and human rights laws.
The conflict has escalated the humanitarian situation in the country, leading to dire consequences. The World Health Organization has reported increasing attacks on healthcare resulting in more than 80% of the country’s hospitals being out of service. The clashes between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces have caused over 3,000 deaths and more than 6,000 injuries, according to figures released by the Sudanese Health Ministry. The most recent attack in Omdurman resulted in the death of 16 civilians due to air and artillery strikes.
The humanitarian community remains committed to supporting the people of Sudan despite the challenges, but relief workers have not been spared from acts of violence and abuse. The situation has turned into a catastrophic crisis that demands urgent attention and resolution.