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Sudan civil war: The children living between starvation and death in Darfur

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In Sudan, a civil war has led to a catastrophic hunger crisis, with millions forced to flee their homes. The Zamzam Camp in Northern Darfur is a stark example of the suffering and despair faced by displaced families.

Qisma Abdirahman Ali Abubaker, a mother at the camp, has tragically lost three of her children to disease and malnutrition in just four months. This heartbreaking loss is unfortunately not unique in a camp where every two hours, at least one child succumbs to the harsh conditions.

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has identified a dire situation at Zamzam Camp, with three out of every 10 children under five and a third of pregnant or breastfeeding mothers suffering from acute malnutrition. These alarming figures are double the threshold for a nutrition emergency.

Due to the ongoing conflict and insecurity in the region, access to humanitarian aid is severely restricted. The supply of food and medical assistance has been disrupted, exacerbating the already dire situation for vulnerable populations.

MSF is calling for a massive mobilisation of aid to prevent further loss of life and alleviate the suffering of those in need. Without urgent intervention and improved access to basic necessities, the crisis in Darfur will continue to claim innocent lives.

The stories of individuals like Qisma Abubaker serve as a grim reminder of the human cost of war and displacement.

It is imperative for the international community to come together and support the people of Sudan in their time of need.


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