Statement by the Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan on the violence in Blue Nile State [EN/AR] – Sudan

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Khartoum, July 19, 2022: Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Khardiata Lo Ndiaye, has expressed deep concern over the dozens of civilians killed and thousands of women and children displaced after a wave of intercommunal violence in parts of Blue Nile State over the past last days. Humanitarian organizations are providing the affected people with initial assistance.

“We are deeply concerned, lives have been lost, thousands of people have had to flee and seek refuge and safety, and the lives of many more have been disrupted,” said the Humanitarian Coordinator. “I call on all parties to end the violence, talk to each other and seek mutually acceptable solutions.”

As of July 19, around 14,000 people have been displaced from Ar Rusayris locality in Blue Nile State following a wave of inter-communal violence that started in Ganis town and other parts of Ar Rusayris on July 15, according to government authorities. Reports indicate an additional 1,000 people displaced in Ar Rusayris and 500 people outside the town of Ed Damazine. The total number of displaced people is likely to increase, as reports from other parts of the state and neighboring states arrive. The Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) has so far recorded 97 total violence-related deaths.

“We are already providing assistance and support to thousands of vulnerable people in parts of Blue Nile State and we stand ready to support those affected by this wave of violence,” said the Humanitarian Coordinator.

Humanitarian organizations are sending enough health and medical supplies for 30,000 people, including three emergency health kits (medicines and supplies for treatment), trauma kits and supplies for at least 450 trauma cases. These supplies are delivered to the FMoH for shipment to Blue Nile. Humanitarian partners have also received requests to expand the field capacity of Damazine hospital (tents, medicines, surgical supplies and outpatient treatment capacity) to cope with the increase in the number of cases. They are also providing meals to around 4,500 displaced people.

Humanitarian organizations provided humanitarian aid and support to approximately 563,000 people in the Blue Nile between January and March 2022. The Blue Nile population is estimated at 1.3 million.

These clashes come at a time when humanitarian needs in Sudan are already at an all-time high. More than 14 million people are currently in need of some form of life-saving assistance. Rising violence is further exacerbating the humanitarian situation, at a time when funding for Sudan’s Humanitarian Response Plan 2022 stands at 20%, more than halfway through the year.

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