We continue to follow with great apprehension the escalation of the conflict in Sudan. After 18 days of heart-breaking violence, every attempt of ceasefire has failed while fighting between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support forces (RSF) continues to ravage the capital Khartoum and many other regions across the country. We hope the truce that will start tomorrow May 4th may be observed by the warring factions. So far, figures are alarming: 500 victims in two weeks (though the actual number of victims will hardly be known), over 100.000 refugees sought safety in neighbouring countries and other 800.000 are expected to flee Sudan, of which 270.000 are predicted to head to South Sudan and Chad.
We feel close to our sudanese brothers and we beg for the conflict resolution to be achieved soon putting forth every effort. At the same time, we are concerned about the consequences the conflict may have on already fragile neighbouring countries like South Sudan and Ethiopia where we are ready to strenghten our presence to address both the needs of those who flee leaving everything behind and those who welcome having little or nothing.