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Graphic shows areas of control and fighting in Sudan.


Sudan marks one year since the start of a brutal war

By Jordi Bou

April 15, 2024 - The brutal war for control of the mineral-rich country has killed more than 15,000 people, sparked the world’s biggest displacement crisis and left 18 million people facing acute food insecurity.

Sudan's war erupted on April 15, 2023, over a planned political transition under which the army, led by Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) militia, led by Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, known as Hemedti, were competing to protect their interests.

Fighting tore through the capital and unleashed waves of ethnically-driven violence in the western region of Darfur, before spreading to other areas including Gezira state, an important farming region that became an aid hub where many had sought refuge.

More than 8.6 million people – 16% of the total population – have been displaced within Sudan or in neighbouring countries, mainly Egypt, Chad and South Sudan.

Despite the magnitude of the disaster, the war in Sudan remains almost completely absent from the global conversation consumed by the wars in Gaza and Ukraine.

International donors have committed nearly 1,000 times as much aid to Kyiv as they have to Khartoum.

PUBLISHED: 15/04/2024; STORY: Graphic News