18 million in Sudan set to go hungry, OCHA says

Armed conflicts, drought, and the Ukrainian war have put millions of Sudanese people on world hunger lists, according to OCHA.

Khartoum: AlTaghyeer

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that 18 million people are at a probable risk of hunger in Sudan by the end of 2022.

A statement issued by the UN office pointed to the suffering brought on the Sudanese as a result of the military coup in October 2021.

OCHA said the crisis was exacerbated by the escalating conflicts in the states of Darfur and Kordofan.

The policies of the coup regime and the spread of armies led to the ignition of tribal conflicts and disputes on the outskirts of the country.

The OCHA report indicated high prevalence of drought periods and crop failure in 115 localities within 14 Sudanese states.

The statement said that there was decline in agricultural production this year by 35%, compared to the previous year, due to the increase in production costs.

OCHA also went into the negative effects on the local economy as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and revealed that both warring factions are responsible for more than half of Sudan’s wheat consumption, according to the International Food Research Institute.

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