Sudan: UN officials warn that Sudan’s neighbors have little to offer refugees
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza MAMOS Nigeria
As neighboring nations struggle to keep up with the number of people fleeing the civil war, the United Nations is racing against time to provide Sudanese refugees crossing the border into Chad with food before the rainy season begins.
As sporadic ceasefires fail to stop deadly clashes between Sudanese army troops and a paramilitary rival that have killed hundreds and forced more than 330,000 people from their homes, it is now estimated that over 110,000 people have entered other countries.
Aid workers, on the other hand, are advising that there are serious concerns regarding what awaits the new arrivals once they cross the border in a region that is already experiencing severe hunger and has a sizable refugee population despite having significantly reduced funds.
The UN’s emergency food assistance program anticipates the arrival of up to 100,000 additional refugees in the coming weeks and months in Chad, where more than 30,000 people have arrived since the fighting began in the middle of April.
However, the up and coming blustery season takes steps to remove remote line districts and means it is fundamental that food stocks are “pre-situated” presently in essential areas, for example, in Farchana displaced person camp in the east, cautioned Pierre Honnorat, Chad representative for the World Food Program.
The rain is coming, and within six to eight weeks, the roads won’t be passable at all. Consequently, this is a race,” he stated. Additionally, there are only a few weeks left until the beginning of the harvesting lull, which was anticipated to leave approximately 1.9 million people severely food insecure.
Last is South Sudan, where very nearly 30,000 individuals have shown up lately, the greater part of them getting back to a country they escaped during a ruthless nationwide conflict. The Central African Republic is the fourth least developed nation in the world, having received approximately 6,000 refugees.