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Sudan: Urgent action is needed to avoid famine, warn agencies

BMJ 2024; 385 doi: (Published 16 May 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;385:q1105
  1. Dominic Murphy
  1. Bath

Famine in Sudan is a real prospect unless there is an increase in the flow of humanitarian funding and aid to the war torn country, the United Nations and other agencies have warned.

Thirteen months of civil war between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have left more than 8.6 million people displaced with more than two million fleeing to neighbouring countries.1

Farming and food production have been severely disrupted and nearly three quarters of Sudan’s health facilities are out of service – looted, destroyed, or with no one left to staff them.

As a result 25 million people – half the country’s population – now need humanitarian assistance of some kind, with 18 million facing acute food insecurity, according …

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