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UN appeals for $4.1bn to meet humanitarian needs in Sudan

On Wednesday the United Nations appealed for $4.1bn to meet the humanitarian needs of Sudan after ten months of armed conflict have led to the world's largest displacement crisis with half of the population facing hunger.

The UN has characterized the situation in Sudan as one of "epic suffering". The appeal for more aid comes as the UN World Food Programme has warned that people in Sudan are starving to death in areas that have been cut off due to fighting. 

Médecins Sans Frontières has described the situation as "absolutely catastrophic". The organization has stated that a child is dying of malnutrition every two hours in a single camp in the North Darfur region. 

Fighting between the Sudanese armed forces and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) has resulted in approximately 25 million people needing food assistance. The conflict has also forced 11 million people to flee from their homes. 

The UN’s refugee commissioner,  Filippo Grandi, stated "I urge the international community to step up their support for the people of Sudan." Grandi continues "They desperately need help, and they need it now."

Read more on the Guardian. 

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