“We have always said the situation is horrific and dire. But, frankly, we have no words to describe the horror of what is happening. Sudan”, said Clementine Nquita-Salami, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan.
“We continue to receive relentless and alarming reports sexual and gender-based violenceenforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions and gross violations of human rights and children’s rights,” she told producers.
“What is happening is close to pure evil,” she said, citing reports of young girls being raped in front of their mothers. She said she feared the western region could see a repeat of the genocide of the early 2000s. Sudan.
Forces loyal to army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Sudan’s de facto head of state, have been fighting since April with the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) commanded by his former deputy. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.
The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said there were reports that more than 800 people had been killed by armed groups in Adamata in the west. DarfurThe region has so far been less affected by the conflict.
“We have received reports from new arrivals in Chad, refugees fleeing the Darfur region, who are talking about armed militias going house-to-house killing men and boys,” spokesman William Spindler told reporters in Geneva Produced.
“These killings were reported to have taken place over the past few days,” he added.
Among other things, Ardamata provides a camp for displaced people within Sudan, where UNHCR says nearly 100 shelters have been razed. The agency also warned in a statement of widespread looting, including of UNHCR relief items.
Filippo Grandi, the head of the UN refugee agency, echoed Nkweta-Salami’s warning that the government two decades ago Omar Bashir Release of Janjaweed militias in response to rebel uprising.
“Twenty years ago, the world was shocked by horrific atrocities and human rights violations in Darfur. We are concerned that a similar situation may be developing,” Grandi said in a statement.
The UN refugee agency said it was preparing for a new influx of refugees in the region into Chad, which already hosts hundreds of thousands of Sudanese refugees.
More than 10,000 people have been killed in Sudan’s conflict to date, according to conservative estimates from the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project.
But aid groups and medical workers have repeatedly warned that the actual death toll exceeds the recorded figures, with many of the injured and dead never reaching hospitals or morgues.
The war has displaced more than 4.8 million people within Sudan and forced another 1.2 million to flee to neighboring countries, according to the United Nations.