Sudanese crisis worsens (includes video story)

The crisis in Sudan continues to worsen as tensions between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) persist. The conflict has resulted in hundreds of deaths and over 100,000 people fleeing across borders. 

The United States and Saudi Arabia have organized talks about foreign humanitarian aid as well as ending the conflict, with both rivals expected to be present on Saturday.

Sudan is facing a food and water shortage. Many organizations are providing aid, but the World Food Programme (WFP) compound in the capital city, Khartoum, was looted. 

The United Nations and other groups are asking everyone involved in the conflict to keep workers and buildings safe.

“Most, if not all, United Nations agencies and our humanitarian partners have been impacted by large-scale looting,” said Farhan Haq, deputy spokesperson for the U.N. Secretary General.

As the situation in Sudan continues to deteriorate, several countries such as the U.S., France, and the U.K. have decided to evacuate their citizens. Jordan has also evacuated 661 individuals, including 85 Jordanians, from Sudan.

If the conflict continues, it has the potential to destabilize the surrounding region, including other countries in Africa and the Middle East. 

Layan Abu Tarboush is a digital broadcasting major at FIU, currently pursuing a minor in International Relations. As an international student from Jordan, Layan is fluent in both Arabic and English and has a deep interest in reporting on Middle Eastern affairs. Layan takes pride in being multicultural with great exposure from the East and West.