Amid unparalleled destruction, suffering, and tragedy, a conflict in Sudan rages onward with United States civilians among those killed and thousands more injured.
With the death and destruction witnessed throughout the capital city of Khartoum and deteriorating health conditions, the World Health Organization has tallied a whopping 330 killed and 3,200 injured in what is now considered the most turbulent period since June of 2019.
Additionally, an estimated nine hospitals have repeatedly been subject to projectile fire, while an additional 19 have evacuated what few survivors remain.
The unimaginable situation in Sudan gained worldwide attention when UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres implored a three-day ceasefire over the upcoming Eid Al-Fitr celebrations. Insurmountable distress remained, however, when Army Commander Abdel Fattah denied this appeal for dialogue with the Rapid Support Forces.
Civilians still remain in Sudan, many of whom are now deeply traumatized by the levels of relentless violence, are now subject to unheard of circumstances with little access to the most basic of needs such as food, water, and electricity. Others, too scared for their lives, must resort to more extreme measures and make their treacherous escape from the conflict on foot or via car as the airspace over Sudan it closed.
From its genesis, this conflict detrimentally impacted thousands of children in Khartoum, with nine children killed and around fifty injured. Tragically, UNICEF Executive Director Katherine Russell concluded that the fighting in Sudan has already “disrupted life-saving care” for an extra 50,000 malnourished children in the country.
Further straining the already fragile situation in Sudan, the UN World Food Programme has issued a statement estimating that continued conflict could also plunge millions of Sudanese people swiftly into hunger.
What little hope remains in Sudan is that a serious dialogue occurs soon in order to transition responsibly and appoint a civilian government as rapidly as possible.