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The United Nations says more than 5 million people are displaced in Sudan after months of conflict

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The United Nations says more than 5 million people are displaced in Sudan after months of conflict

More than 5 million people have been displaced by months of fighting in Sudan, the United Nations migration agency said on Wednesday, as clashes between the Sudanese army and rival paramilitary forces show no sign of abating.

According to the International Organization for Migration, more than 4 million people have been internally displaced since the outbreak of conflict in mid-April, while another 1.1 million have fled to neighboring countries. The agency said more than 750,000 people had traveled to Egypt or Chad.

International efforts to mediate the conflict have so far failed. There have been at least nine ceasefires since the outbreak and they have all collapsed.

The escalation of the conflict in Sudan leads to the displacement of more than two million people, and the United Nations warns of the possibility of committing “crimes against humanity”

Sudanese army commander speaking

Sudan’s army chief speaks in Khartoum, Sudan, on December 5, 2022. Sudan was plunged into chaos in April when months of simmering tensions between the army and a rival paramilitary force turned into open fighting. (AP Photo/Marwan Ali, file)

Sudan descended into chaos nearly five months ago when long-simmering tensions between the army led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and the Rapid Support Forces led by Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo escalated into open warfare.

The fighting has turned the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, into an urban battlefield, with neither side able to capture the city.

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Meanwhile, in the western region of Darfur—which was the scene of a campaign of genocide in the early 2000s—conflict has devolved into ethnic violence, as the RSF and allied Arab militias attack African ethnic groups, according to human rights groups and the United Nations. .

Formal peace negotiations brokered by the United States and Saudi Arabia in the kingdom’s port city of Jeddah in late June were postponed, with the mediators publicly calling out the RSF and the army for their continued violation of the truce they had agreed to.

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