The United Nations has disclosed that 1.7 million people were facing acute hunger between June and September, an increase by nearly 2 million, compared to the same period last year.
According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, this starvation is mainly as a result of the county’s fragile economy, prolonged dry spells, reduced areas cultivated and erratic rainfall.
Most of those suffering from acute hunger are in the capital, Khartoum, the Darfur region and the provinces of Kassala and White Nile, which were the hardest hit by conflict and economic decline, OCHA said.
It reported that around 4 million children under age 5 and pregnant and nursing women are estimated to be acutely malnourished and in need of humanitarian life-saving nutrition. The figure included 618,950 children under 5 with severe acute malnutrition, of whom around 93,000 suffer from medical complications and need specialized care.
Meanwhile, the U.N. explained that its humanitarian response for Sudan in 2022 received $414.1 million, out of a total requirement of $1.94 billion.