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Sudan Truce Holds as Donors Pledge Nearly $1.5 Billion


FILE: People in a Khartoum neighborhood Friday, June 16, 2023. Yet another truce was declared on June 18, and on the 19th it appears to be holding. as the international community meets to conttribute funds and resources to aid the war-wracked nation.

GENEVA — While the Sudan cease-fire declared Sunday appears to be holding, that nation is descending into death and destruction at an unprecedented speed, U.N. chief Antonio Guterres said Monday. Meanwhile, a donor's conference has pledged nearly $1.5 billion for Sudan aid.

"The scale and speed of Sudan's descent into death and destruction is unprecedented," the United Nations secretary-general stated as he urged International donors to step in and curb the unfolding catastrophe..

"The scale and speed of Sudan's descent into death and destruction is unprecedented," the United Nations secretary-general told the pledging conference.

"Without strong international support, Sudan could quickly become a locus of lawlessness, radiating insecurity across the region."

Meanwhile, donors on Monday pledged nearly $1.5 billion in aid for the humanitarian crisis in Sudan and the neighboring countries hosting refugees fleeing the fighting, the United Nations announced.

"Today, donors have announced close to $1.5 billion for the humanitarian response to Sudan and the region," U.N. humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths announced at the end of a pledging conference.

The donors' conference came mid-way through a three-day ceasefire which appeared to have brought calm to the capital Khartoum, after the failure of earlier truces to ensure secure aid corridors.

Several residents of the capital told AFP they heard no air strikes, artillery or other fighting on Monday, a rare respite for the war-weary suffering shortages of medical care, electricity, water and other essentials.

A record 25 million people - more than half Sudan's population - are in need of aid, according to the United Nations, which says it has received only a fraction of desperately needed funding.

Roughly 2.2 million people have been uprooted across Sudan by the fighting, which has forced more than 528,000 to seek refuge in neighboring countries, the International Organization for Migration said.

Across the country, the death toll has topped 2,000, the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project said.

Hundreds of kilometers west of Khartoum, up to 1,100 have been killed in the West Darfur state capital El Geneina alone, according to the US State Department, blaming "primarily" the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces led by Gen. Mohamad Dagalo, which broke out in combat against the Sudan army led by Gen. Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan.