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Over 200,000 Sudanese Flee to Neighboring Countries as War Continues

The ongoing conflict has forced the Sudanese to leave their homes and communities behind, with many facing uncertain futures as they seek shelter and support in unfamiliar lands.

As the war in Sudan rages on, the United Nations has estimated that over 200,000 Sudanese have fled to neighbouring countries in search of safety and refuge. 

The ongoing conflict has forced the Sudanese to leave their homes and communities behind, with many facing uncertain futures as they seek shelter and support in unfamiliar lands. 

Despite efforts by aid organizations and government agencies to provide assistance, the sheer scale of the displacement crisis has left many struggling to access basic necessities and resources. 

As the conflict shows no signs of abating, the plight of these refugees remains a pressing concern for the international community.

According to Olga Sarrado, a spokesperson for the United Nations refugee agency, an estimated 30,000 individuals have recently migrated to Chad, with a continuous influx of people crossing borders on a daily basis. 

As per the report by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Tuesday, it was noted that 700,000 individuals are displaced within Sudan. 

Since April, a violent conflict has been raging between a breakaway paramilitary faction of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and the military in the country. The ongoing fighting has resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives and has forced thousands of individuals to flee their homes.

The situation in Sudan’s humanitarian landscape is dire. According to the World Health Organization, the ongoing conflict has resulted in a minimum of 600 fatalities and over 5,000 individuals sustaining injuries. 

Amidst the ongoing crisis, a significant number of individuals who have been displaced from their residences are currently grappling with dire shortages of basic necessities such as sustenance, hydration, and accommodation.

The United Nations has issued a call to the conflicting parties to come to a ceasefire agreement and permit the delivery of essential humanitarian aid to the vulnerable population. Despite ongoing negotiations, there has been minimal advancement in the peace talks.

On Friday, Khartoum was relentlessly bombarded by air strikes and artillery as the Sudanese army and Rapid Support Forces paramilitary failed to reach a ceasefire agreement. This comes despite their prior commitment to safeguard civilians and permit humanitarian access.

The opposing factions have reportedly reached an agreement to prioritize the safety and well-being of civilians and to streamline the transportation of humanitarian aid. Other negotiations are still ongoing in Saudi Arabia as a ceasefire agreement remains elusive. 

After almost a week of negotiations between two factions that previously shared power but had a falling out over a transition to civilian rule, a declaration of principles was signed in Saudi Arabia on Thursday evening.

According to Sky News Arabia, Moussa Khadam, an adviser for RSF, stated that the group intends to adhere to the agreed-upon principles and strive for a comprehensive ceasefire. Despite the agreement, violence continues unabated and the army has yet to issue a statement regarding the matter.

According to a statement released by the US State Department, discussions between the conflicting parties will continue with regards to the possible enforcement of a 10-day truce agreement. According to the statement, there is still a significant divide between the two parties on the issue.

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