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Sudan’s Rival Military Factions Extend Shaky Truce

HeadlineMay 30, 2023

Sudan’s army has agreed to extend a ceasefire with a rival paramilitary group for a further five days, despite ongoing breaches of a week-long truce. Clashes have continued in the capital Khartoum, where victims include dozens of babies who died in Sudan’s largest orphanage, after workers fled heavy gunfire in the area. There’s been no letup in fighting in Sudan’s West Darfur region, where aid agencies are warning of a humanitarian catastrophe, after militias burned entire villages to the ground. More than 90,000 people from the region have crossed into neighboring Chad. On Monday, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi predicted more than a million people may flee Sudan by October. Grandi spoke from Cairo after a visit to Sudan.

Filippo Grandi: “What I heard is stories of loss, of separated families, of hardship, of very dangerous journeys from Sudan of people fleeing from fighting to try to find security in — first in other parts of Sudan, then in neighboring countries like Egypt.”

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