UNICEF Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report: May 2023

Situation Report: 19 May 2023

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  • Fighting that erupted in Khartoum between the Sudanese Armed Force (SAF) and the Rapid Support Force (RSF) on 15 April 2023 has significantly worsened the humanitarian crisis in Sudan, with a serious impact on civilians.
  • Intercommunal violence and tension were reported across Darfur states. On 11 May, new fighting along tribal lines erupted in Geneina, West Darfur, with unconfirmed reports of people being killed and injured, including children.
  • With the central warehouse under threat, UNICEF successfully dispatched two rounds of trucks from Khartoum to Madani. In total, 17 x 50-MT trucks loaded with US$3 million in UNICEF health, WASH and education supplies are being delivered to displaced population in Madani and dispatched to facilities and partners in other states.
  • UNICEF also successfully delivered life-saving health, nutrition and WASH supplies worth US$155,000 to implementing partners for hospitals, health facilities and the Maygoma orphanage in Khartoum.
  • The revised Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) 2023 for Sudan was published on 18 May. It is estimated that the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance has increased by 57 per cent from 15.8 million to 24.7 million. The humanitarian community requests US$2.56 billion to continue the emergency response.
  • UNICEF Sudan Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) 2023 is only 12 per cent funded currently leaving a funding gap of over US$500 million. UNICEF urgently requires US$60 million to immediately restock (this week and deliver lifesaving supplies over the coming weeks) and is revising the HAC in line with the HRP and the current conflict.
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