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The humanitarian crisis in Sudan no one is talking about

The ongoing civil war in Sudan has resulted in an estimated 14,000 people killed, 8 million displaced and nearly 5 million on the brink of famine. Here’s what you need to know about it.

We all know about the ongoing Israel-Hamas war that’s been dominating the news cycle, but did you know that there is another war and humanitarian crisis happening just south of Gaza in the North African country of Sudan?  

The UN estimates that more than 14,000 people have been killed in the last year since the civil war began. Half of Sudan’s population, or 25 million people, need humanitarian assistance. More than 8 million people are displaced from their homes and nearly 5 million people are on the brink of famine. 

And a new report by Human Rights Watch found that a genocide may have taken place in the western region of Darfur where Sudanese paramilitary forces and Arab militias are accused of ethnic cleansing by targeting non-Arab communities 

The current civil war is taking place between two rivaling sections of the Sudanese military. These factions initially tried to merge forces when the military seized power in 2021 but ultimately refused to compromise.

But Sudan has been struggling with violence and displacement for the last 20 years. Before this civil war, the country suffered violent ethnically-charged tensions between Afro-Arab and non-Arab citizens of the country which were made worse following the ouster of Sudan’s former Head-of-State Omar Al-Bashir in 2019.

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