Saifa, FSC coordinator in Sudan, providing emergency assistance when conflict strikes

"The morning of April 15, while on a video call with my family, preparing my return back home and the Eid celebrations, suddenly, I witnessed a first air strike.
I had no idea Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) had just initiated weeks of civic unrest, conflicts and violence. The bombing became louder and louder, we could hear machine guns – most probably from the nearby airport. My
family urged me to seek shelter inside.
As colleagues started checking on one another, instructions poured in from our security units. We had to stay indoors, away from the windows. Chaos. Stress. We had never experienced anything like this before. Field staff based in Darfur and Kordofan were
the most-hit: their food stock was close to nothing, as they rely on fresh food and already had very limited access to food items before the conflict erupted. We felt for them and their families, as we also were stuck at home with no access to basic lifesaving food items
or medication."

How is the situation at the moment?
"Two months into the conflict, the severity of the needs has rocketed. Khartoum and El-Geneina are facing extremely dire conditions, markets and trade are disrupted, banking system is collapsing, basic infrastructures are not holding, humanitarian assistance is hampered. Harvests are threatened and the looming climate hazards (droughts and floods) can only aggravate the food security conditions, limit access to food production or consumption."

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