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The US representative to the UN criticizes the “lack of international attention” to the serious crisis in Sudan

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The representative of the United States to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, has criticized the “lack of international attention” to the serious humanitarian crisis that Sudan is experiencing, one of the worst on the entire planet and which has been aggravated by the fighting between the Army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), which has already left millions displaced and tens of thousands dead. “I want to talk about the lack of care, of attention, that the world has given to Sudan. Just five years after a revolution that offered a glimpse of a free, peaceful and democratic Sudan, people are losing hope. Aid workers “They have started calling this conflict the forgotten war. Sudanese children are wondering why the world has forgotten about them,” Thomas-Greenfield said during a press conference. Following this, she has asked to finance humanitarian missions in the country, which are facing great difficulties due to lack of money, and she has recalled that “more than 200,000 more children could die of hunger” in the coming months. The American diplomat has also criticized both sides for “systematically” undermining the work of humanitarian workers, even preventing the flow of aid from Chad. “More than the lack of aid, humanitarian workers have been systematically prevented from delivering aid to those in need. From the beginning, brave people have been on the ground, often risking their lives, to save the people of Sudan. But to every step, combatants on both sides of the war have undermined their work,” he said. In this sense, he has asked the Security Council to intervene to guarantee the delivery and distribution of assistance in the event that the Army continues to prevent these movements, and that is that almost 25 million Sudanese are in a situation of extreme need, of which a 75 percent face food insecurity. Added to all this is that more than eight million people have become displaced or refugees from the massacres at the hands of both sides, which are also facing outbreaks of cholera. However, he highlighted the reports on the crimes of the RSF, among which there are “mass murders, girls sold as sexual slaves, children turned into soldiers, urban areas destroyed by weapons of war and entire towns reduced to ashes”, reason for which he has urged to stop sending weapons to the country. Regarding the negotiations, he has asked to continue insisting on the RSF and the Army to end the fighting and return to the negotiating table, although the Sudanese Army recently assured that it would continue the fighting “until the last rebel and traitor is expelled”. The war broke out on April 15, 2023 due to strong disagreements regarding the integration process of the paramilitary group – now declared a terrorist organization – within the Armed Forces, a situation that caused the transition to derail. opened in 2019 after the overthrow of the Omar Hasan al Bashir regime.

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