UN reports 19 aid workers killed since the eruption of Sudan war

UN reports 19 aid workers killed since the eruption of Sudan war UN reports 19 aid workers killed since the eruption of Sudan war
Sudanese refugees who crossed into Chad gather next to a makeshift shelter at a camp in Koufroun, near Echbara, on May 1, 2023. - Hundreds of Sudanese, most of them women and children, each day cross a small, dry stream to find safety in neighbouring Chad. At least 20,000 people had found refuge at a makeshift camp in the Chadian border village of Koufroun, according to the United Nations refugee agency UNCHR, which manages their influx along with other UN agencies. (Photo by Gueipeur Denis SASSOU / AFP) (Photo by GUEIPEUR DENIS SASSOU/AFP via Getty Images)

In a stark reminder of the devastating toll of the ongoing war in Sudan, the United Nations has reported that 19 aid workers have been killed in 17 attacks since the conflict erupted in mid-April.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Sudan has now become one of the most dangerous and difficult places for humanitarians to operate.

UN reports 19 aid workers killed since the eruption of Sudan war
Sudanese refugees who crossed into Chad gather next to a makeshift shelter at a camp in Koufroun, near Echbara, on May 1, 2023. – (Photo by Gueipeur Denis SASSOU / AFP) (Photo by GUEIPEUR DENIS SASSOU/AFP via Getty Images)

The war in Sudan is primarily between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces. The conflict, which began on April 15th, has resulted in the displacement of more than 4 million people and the loss of thousands of lives, according to the United Nations and local and international human rights organizations.

The UN’s statement serves as a condemnation of the attacks on aid workers and calls attention to the fact that these actions are clear violations of international laws.

The targeting of those providing life-saving assistance to vulnerable populations is not only morally reprehensible, but it also impedes efforts to alleviate the suffering of those affected by the war.

In addition to the loss of life, the UN highlights the looting of warehouses and other humanitarian facilities. As of August 13th, at least 53 warehouses have been looted, 87 offices ransacked, and 208 vehicles stolen.

These acts of criminality further exacerbate the already dire situation faced by the Sudanese people, as it hampers the ability of aid organizations to deliver essential supplies and support to those in need.

While a humanitarian agreement was signed in June between the warring parties, granting the opening of humanitarian corridors to deliver assistance to civilians, this truce has been repeatedly violated.

The attacks on aid workers and the looting of humanitarian facilities demonstrate a disregard for the agreed-upon ceasefire and the well-being of the Sudanese population.

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