18 million people face “acute hunger” in Sudan, according to a post published by the World Food Programme (WFP) on its account on the platform “X”.
The WFP warned of the catastrophic situation in Sudan, saying that “the number of hungry people has risen to more than double compared to last year, and 5 million people suffer from emergency levels of acute hunger due to the conflict.”.
It added that the situation has become “catastrophic,” as about 18 million people face “acute hunger” in various parts of the country.
Millions of Sudanese face difficulties in securing food and basic services, electricity, and water, due to the ongoing fighting since 15 April 2023 between rival generals, which left more than 13,000 dead, and more than 7 million displaced and refugees, according to the United Nations.
The right to food is one of the most fundamental human rights, and it is a grave violation to cause 18 million people to suffer from acute hunger. In order to stop the situation from getting worse, the international community must act quickly.
It should be noted that the right to food is guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, and the international community and humanitarian institutions must work together to provide the necessary food aid and support sustainable development programmes that contribute to achieving food security in Sudan.
Arab Organisation for Human Rights in the UK (AOHR UK) had called on the warring parties in Sudan to stop the fighting immediately and seek a peaceful solution through a comprehensive national dialogue.
AOHR UK also called on the UN Security Council to take immediate action and called for a ceasefire to save the lives of innocent people at risk.