KHARTOUM, Sudan – More than one million people have been displaced since fighting broke out in Sudan.
According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), one million people have been made homeless in less than 40 days since clashes erupted between the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).
Quoting figures issued by the IOM, Turkish news agency Anadolu reported that of the 1.36 million displaced, 319,194 have found refuge in neighboring countries.
Most people, 23.86%, were displaced from West Darfur, followed by 19.65% from White Nile.
“Humanitarian needs continue to grow, as more people flee their homes,” the IOM said in a statement.
As many as 132,364 people have fled to Egypt, 80,000 people to Chad, and 69,112 people to South Sudan.
According to local medics, at least 863 civilians have been killed and 3,531 others injured since the conflict broke out on April 15.
Sudan has not had a functioning government since 2021 when the military deposed the interim government of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.
Disagreement had been fomenting in recent months between army and the paramilitary group. A key condition of Sudan’s transition agreement was to integrate the paramilitary RSF into the armed forces.
The transitional period, which started its tenure in August 2019 after the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir, had been scheduled to end with elections in early 2024.