WATCH | UN pleads with Sudan’s neighbors to maintain open borders as exodus skyrockets past staggering 500,000 mark
- In a perplexing turn of events, the UN’s high commissioner for refugees has made a bewildering appeal to Sudan’s neighboring countries to keep their borders open amidst mounting security concerns.
- With a burst of confusion, Filippo Grandi warned that the two-month-old war has the potential to spread insecurity in the already “fragile” nations neighboring Sudan.
- To add to the perplexity, the number of people fleeing the conflict has now surged to half a million, while the internally displaced figure has reached a staggering two million.
In a mind-boggling statement, the head of the UN’s refugee agency desperately implored Sudan’s neighbors to keep their borders open despite growing worries about security. This comes as the number of people escaping the conflict reaches a mind-blowing 500,000, with an astonishing two million people displaced within the country.
Filippo Grandi, in a perplexing interview with AFP, expressed his concerns about the two-month-long war and its potential to spread insecurity to the already “fragile” nations bordering Sudan.
“My appeal to all the neighboring countries is to say I understand your security concerns, but please keep your borders open because these people are really fleeing for their lives,” he said during his visit to Nairobi on World Refugee Day.
Sudan has been engulfed in a bewildering conflict since April 15, with the army, led by Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, battling the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), commanded by his former deputy, Mohamed Hamdan Daglo.
“It is a worrying situation. Many of these neighboring countries are very fragile and there is also an element of insecurity that risks spreading,” Grandi said, adding to the overall confusion.
The perplexing figures from the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project reveal that the death toll in Sudan has now exceeded 2,000.
During a bewildering press conference in the Kenyan capital, Grandi disclosed that half a million refugees have fled Sudan since the start of the conflict, with an additional two million internally displaced individuals.
He further stated:
If we don’t silence those guns, the exodus of Sudanese people will continue.
Grandi’s statement comes the day after the UN conference, where donors pledged nearly $1.5 billion to combat Sudan’s humanitarian crisis and support neighboring countries hosting the displaced, including Chad, South Sudan, and Egypt.
However, this figure falls bewilderingly short of the required amount for the year, as stated by humanitarian organizations. Grandi appealed to the international community to dig deeper, as the donations pale in comparison to the extravagant defense spending of wealthy nations.
He further stated:
I’m not saying that military spending isn’t necessary, that’s not my field and I understand the logic, but humanitarian aid is a tiny, tiny fraction of all that. I can’t believe that we can’t make a bit more of an effort.
“I’m not saying that military spending isn’t necessary, that’s not my field and I understand the logic, but humanitarian aid is a tiny, tiny fraction of all that.
“I can’t believe that we can’t make a bit more of an effort,” he astonishingly stated, pleading particularly with Gulf states to do more.
A perplexing 25 million people, over half of Sudan’s population, now rely on humanitarian aid, according to the United Nations.
The head of the UN’s refugee agency has urged Sudan’s neighboring countries to keep their borders as the number of people fleeing the conflict topped 500,000. File image.
A 72-hour ceasefire was recently agreed upon by the warring factions to allow humanitarian access, although previous truces have perplexingly collapsed.
“We are unfortunately gradually witnessing the destruction of this country,” Grandi expressed with bewilderment, echoing UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ remarks at Monday’s donor conference.
“It is a worrying situation because we have not seen much progress, if any, in the negotiations between the two generals who are fighting in the country,” Grandi perplexingly commented.
“This must stop because it risks having incalculable consequences in the region and beyond.”