Crisis in Sudan
“We can run away from bombs but we can’t run away from hunger”
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Sudan is in chaos and the situation is only getting worse.
Since South Sudan gained independence last year, fighting in border states has intensified in recent months and now the two countries are on the brink of an all-out war
Bombs are being dropped by the Sudanese Government with no regard for human life.
And to make matters worse, families are starving due to the Sudanese Government blocking food relief to the war zone for over a year. People have been eating tree leaves trying to survive.
Earlier this year, Amnesty International completed a research mission to South Sudan and met Halima, an 18-year-old young woman who has been to hell and back since the bombing started last year.
First, the teachers in her village fled so she could no longer attend school, then her crops were destroyed, leaving her and her family without food. For weeks she hid from aerial attacks, but due to the lack of food and relentless bombing, she finally decided to leave and find safety at Yida. Unfortunately, her siblings were too young to make such a difficult journey.
Desperate to learn about the well being of her family, Halima journeyed home in March, where she learned that her 5-year-old brother, Arso, had been killed by a fragment from a bomb attack.
While she was there, an Antonov bomber came overhead so she and her sister Numi ran for cover. Tragically, Numi was killed by a bomb fragment that sliced across her throat – she was only 3 years old.
Halima is now back at Yida where conditions are harsh and unforgiving. She sleeps in a room with up to 20 other girls, food is always in short supply, line ups for water are lengthy and security is a massive problem – especially for girls.
Halima’s story is not uncommon. The international community must act now.
With your support, we are working to bring about:
- an end to the indiscriminate aerial bombings
- immediate and unhindered access for humanitarian organisations and human rights monitors;
- and a full investigation into the abuse committed by all parties in the conflict.
“We can run away from bombs but we can’t run away from hunger” is what one man told us. Can you imagine the reality for over 150,000 people who have been forced to flee their homes?
The situation for civilians in conflict areas continues to deteriorate and the numbers arriving in camps are increasing.