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Sudan largest protection crisis with six million people displaced: UN

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says the Sudan crisis is one of the largest crises the agency has faced, with many children and women displaced.

According to the UN refugee agency, the displacement crisis prompted by the ongoing conflict in the country continues unabated, with nearly six million people forced out of their homes.

“Women and children make up nearly nine in 10 of those displaced. This is one of the largest protection crises that we are faced with today,” Mamadou Dian Balde, UNHCR’s regional director for the East and Horn of Africa and Great Lakes, said in a statement.

He added, “Inside Sudan itself, there are a lot of people in urban settings that are affected equally and who do not have the resources to leave.”

On Wednesday, the UN Human Rights Council voted to set up a high-level probe “to investigate and establish the facts, circumstances and root causes of all alleged human rights violations” in Sudan.

In accordance with the resolution, the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission for Sudan is mandated to investigate violations of international humanitarian law, including those committed against refugees and related crimes caused by the ongoing conflict.

In an appeal for a cessation of hostilities, the UNHCR official urged Sudan’s opposing militaries “to have a peace process that will help our brothers and sisters who have been obliged to flee their countries to go back to their countries.”

As a result of the conflict that erupted in mid-April between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and other armed groups in mid-April, the UN agency described how families had faced harrowing journeys.

Families have become separated while on the move amid increasing reports of gender-based violence. Malnourishment among children is now described as a major crisis and disease outbreak.

“I have seen and I have witnessed the level of human rights violations that have happened within Sudan. We hear from people who have crossed the borders and are really heartbreaking and that’s the protection crisis that we are faced with and it has been ongoing for the past six months,” Mr Balde said.

(NAN)

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