UN aid chief: Sudan is facing danger

The UN's humanitarian chief has expressed concern about "horrifying reports" from the war-torn town of El Fasher in North Darfur, Sudan.

May 14, 2024 - 14:05
UN aid chief: Sudan is facing danger

Martin Griffiths, head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, wrote on X that: "An attack near a children's hospital supported by MSF destroyed the roof of an intensive care unit and killed two children."

Griffiths has stressed that the medical facilities at the Southern Hospital are "decreasing at an alarming rate."

He said: "We have asked all parties to protect civilians from this massacre... El Fasher is home to 800,000 people. People's lives are in danger. Sudan is in danger."

The Sudanese army controls El Fasher, and is supported by armed groups that signed the Juba peace agreement with the government in 2020.

The war in Sudan broke out in April 2023 after General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan the leader of Sudan and the head of the army and the commander of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo disagreed about the role of the RSF in the army.

The situation has led to a major humanitarian crisis, where fighting has resulted in the deaths of nearly 16,000 people and the displacement of millions of others.

On March 29, Sudan submitted a complaint to the United Nations Security Council against the United Arab Emirates for allegedly supporting the RSF. The UAE has denied the allegations.