Fighting intensifies in southeastern Sudan, displacing tens of thousands — Global Issues

“People face multiple protection risks and looting of homes and personal belongings is reported to be widespread,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OUHA) said.United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs)teeth Flash Update It was issued late Thursday.

Humanitarian partners hosting people displaced from Sennar state in southeastern Sudan were scaling up their response to meet their needs, he added.

The areas of Sennar, Sinja and Ad-Dinder were already hosting around 286,000 displaced people before the fighting escalated in late June.

This suggests that the newly displaced people from Senaar may have been displaced at least once before.

Homes and businesses targeted

They face numerous security threats and there have been reports of widespread looting of homes, vehicles and personal belongings, allegedly by members of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

Local shops and markets have also been targeted, depriving civilians of vital resources and exacerbating security conditions.

War between rival armies, the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the RSF, began last April amid rising tensions linked to the transition to civilian rule.

The wider picture

OCHA also reported that people fleeing Sennar state were arriving in the neighbouring states of Gedaref, Kassala and Blue Nile.

Around 26,000 people, including 6,800 children, have reportedly arrived in Gedaref. OCHA teams in the region say they are in desperate need of food, water and shelter and are congregating in the local market.

As of Wednesday, another 1,000 people from Sennar had arrived at reception centres in Kassala state.

An additional 30,000 more people have arrived in Blue Nile state, most of them living in school buildings that were already hosting other displaced communities.

UN response

UN humanitarian teams are responding to the influx of displaced people by distributing cooked meals and drinking water to families.

They also provide basic medical services through mobile clinics and support a community kitchen that can feed around 15,000 people.

But while the increase in displacement has led humanitarian partners to scale up their response, more support is needed to meet the growing needs, OCHA said.

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