The killing of aid workers, looting of warehouses and extortion of truck drivers are among the “outrageous” reasons why aid is not reaching the millions of Sudanese people that need it, a UN humanitarian boss has said.
In a post on social media platform X, Martin Griffiths, the undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs said: “Millions of people in #Sudan need humanitarian aid now. Far too few of them are getting it”.
Reasons listed in his post include:
“A conflict-ravaged capital city, Khartoum, almost impossible to reach.”
“A humanitarian hub, Wad Madani, looted and paralysed by violence.”
“Drivers beaten and extorted for money.”
“Aid workers being detained and killed.”
“Humanitarian supplies, warehouses and offices looted.”
Sudan has been gripped by nearly nine months of war, at the centre of which is a disagreement between army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his former deputy, paramilitary commander Mohamed Hamdan Daglo.
At least 12,190 civilians and soldiers have been killed, according to a conservative estimate by the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data project.
The United Nations says more than seven million people have been displaced.