Millions Facing Starvation in Sudan as Civil War Continues

June 7, 2024 / 8:14 AM EDT

The United Nations recently confirmed that 35 children were among the casualties in a deadly attack in the ongoing civil war in Sudan. The attack, which took place in the village of Wad Al-Noora in Sudan’s central Gezira state, resulted in the deaths of up to 200 people. Sudan’s army has pledged a strong response against the Rapid Support Forces paramilitary group, which they accuse of carrying out the massacre.

Eyewitnesses reported that over 100 people were shot in Wad Al-Noora, with some estimates suggesting the death toll could be as high as 200. Disturbing videos on social media showed the aftermath of the attack, with rows of bodies awaiting burial. The Sudanese military government has called for international condemnation of the incident.

The civil war in Sudan has created a severe humanitarian crisis, with around 25 million people in urgent need of assistance. Humanitarian agencies warn that 4 million children are at risk of acute malnutrition, and 2.5 million could die from hunger. The conflict has also raised concerns about war crimes and possible genocide, particularly in the West Darfur city of El Geneina.

Former Sudanese President Omar el Bashir’s history of exploiting ethnic conflicts has contributed to the current situation. The civil war has evolved into a proxy war, with various regional and foreign actors supporting different factions. The United Arab Emirates and Russia are believed to be arming the Rapid Support Forces, while Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iran, and Russia are backing the Sudanese government.

In a significant development, Russia is close to finalizing a deal with Sudan to secure a 25-year Red Sea port in exchange for military support. This agreement underscores the global competition for influence and resources in the region.

The ongoing civil war in Sudan highlights the complex geopolitical dynamics at play and the dire humanitarian consequences for the country’s population.

Sarah Carter is an award-winning CBS News producer based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has been with CBS News since 1997, contributing to coverage on various international events and conflicts. Carter has a strong background in reporting on humanitarian crises and geopolitical developments, with a focus on Africa and the Middle East.