The World Food Programme (WFP) has announced the lifting of the temporal suspension of its operations in Sudan amidst increasing hunger in the country.
Development Diaries reports that the United Nations agency suspended its operations in the country after three of its team members were killed in Darfur on 15 April.
The WFP Executive Director, Cindy McCain, said in a statement that the humanitarian organisation would commence the distribution of food in Gedaref, Gezira, Kassala, and White Nile as the fighting in Sudan has forced millions into hunger and displacement.
‘The security situation is still highly precarious. WFP is considering locations where humanitarian access is assured while strongly considering security, capacity and access-related considerations’, she said.
‘We will take utmost care to ensure the safety of all our staff and partners as we rush to meet the growing needs of the most vulnerable’.
Fighting rages on in Sudan between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) as groups continue to disagree on how the country should transition to civilian rule.
It is understood that no fewer than 500 people have so far been killed in the fighting.
Over 15 million people faced severe food insecurity in Sudan before the conflict began in April.
‘We expect these numbers to grow significantly as the fighting continues’, the statement added.
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