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What’s Up: Sudan’s Possibly Facing Famine, Millions in Dire Need Close to Ukraine Border, and Space Holds Opportunities for Everyone

UN humanitarians in Sudan issued a fresh alert on Friday about pervasive food insecurity and looming famine.

After nearly a year of brutal civil war between rival militaries, food production has been hit and communities face acute shortages of other essential resources such as water and fuel.

More than eight million people are believed to have been uprooted from their homes with tens of thousands killed or wounded.

The World Health Organization (WHO) meanwhile has warned that every seventh child under five is acutely malnourished and 70 to 80 per cent of health centres are no longer functioning.

WHO spokesperson Christian Lindmeier said that five million people were “on the brink of famine” in areas affected by conflict:

“With the lean season expected to start soon and without unhindered access for aid, the situation will only worsen in the coming months”, he added.

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Hundreds of thousands of lives at stake

He said around 230,000 children, pregnant women and new mothers could die in the coming months due to hunger unless urgent lifesaving funding can be provided.

New data from the UN Development Programme, UNDP, also highlighted the accelerating hunger crisis in Sudan on Friday, with famine expected this year.

Moderate or severe food insecurity already affects nearly six in 10 households, with West Kordofan, South Kordofan and Blue Nile states worst-hit.

UNDP urged immediate food aid assistance for the most vulnerable in Sudan where more than half of the rural households contacted for its research reported that farming work has been disrupted significantly in the states of Khartoum, Sennar and West Kordofan.

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Ukraine war leaves 3.3 million in dire need on frontlines: IOM

Ukrainians remain under “constant attack” and 3.3 million living on the frontline need emergency assistance urgently, the UN migration agency, IOM, said on Friday.

Days after rocket fire killed dozens in the east and south of the country, IOM chief Amy Pope warned that the situation is worsening for many in Ukraine.

Frequent power cuts

“Displaced people and host communities need urgent assistance as they continue to endure missile strikes, destruction of infrastructure and frequent power cuts” Ms. Pope said.

The agency estimates that some 800,000 children live on the frontlines, just some of the more than 14.6 million people in Ukraine who need humanitarian aid amid Russia’s continuing invasion.

The UN agency has helped thousands of displaced people near the frontline and elsewhere in Ukraine with immediate and longer-term needs, including restoring livelihoods and supporting community resilience.

World must move on from ‘space race’ and embrace outer space for all

Humankind must get away from the Cold War concept of a ‘space race’, even as commercial competition hots up to exploit the potential of the cosmos, the head of the UN agency for outer space affairs (UNOOSA) has told UN News.

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Marking Friday’s International Day of Human Space Flight, when the former Soviet Union’s Yuri Gagarin reached orbit back in 1961, UNOOSA Director Aarti Holla-Maini told us that everybody has a role to play in the peaceful exploration of space – “it’s not just for the geeks and the nerds who like engineering.”

Boldly going

“Now, we’re really looking at space science and space exploration and looking for the most innovative and pragmatic approaches to that, and that is why we are seeing more commercial companies getting involved.”

She said the private sector allows national space agencies like NASA in the United States, to spread their risk, keep costs down, be bolder in their ambition and increase the chances of success.

The UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space is the birthplace of all space regulation and treaties, “which underpin everything that we see happening in the space economy today”, she said, urging a continuation of a “global convening dialogue” in both the public and private sectors.

She said as space debris increases in the Earth’s orbit and beyond, the UN will bring stakeholders together to discuss potential new guidelines for international oversight.

Listen to her full interview on the exciting possibilities of reaching further for the stars, with UN News’ Anton Uspensky here:

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12 Comments

  1. Could you provide more information on the efforts being made to secure lifesaving funding for the 230,000 at-risk individuals mentioned in the article?

    1. Sure, Sarah_1985. Efforts are currently underway by various humanitarian organizations and governments to mobilize funds to provide lifesaving assistance to the 230,000 individuals at risk. Donations from individuals, corporations, and international aid agencies play a crucial role in mitigating the hunger crisis and saving lives in Sudan. Stay tuned for updates on the progress of these efforts.

  2. As a passionate advocate for humanitarian causes, it breaks my heart to read about the dire situation in Sudan. The ongoing conflict has devastated the region, leaving millions on the brink of famine. Urgent action is needed to ensure vulnerable populations receive the aid they desperately need before it’s too late.

  3. How can we ensure that aid reaches the millions in need near the Ukraine frontier amid such dire conditions?

    1. To ensure that aid reaches the millions in need near the Ukraine frontier during such dire conditions, it is crucial for international organizations and governments to work together closely. Coordination, transparency, and efficient distribution channels are key to reaching those most in need efficiently and effectively. Additionally, raising public awareness and support for humanitarian efforts can also play a significant role in ensuring that aid reaches those facing famine and other urgent needs.

  4. As a healthcare professional, it breaks my heart to read about the dire situation in Sudan. The ongoing conflicts have exacerbated food insecurity, and the looming famine is a grave concern. It’s crucial for the international community to act swiftly and provide the necessary support to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe. Every child’s life is precious, and we must ensure that urgent aid reaches those in need to save as many lives as possible.

  5. It’s heartbreaking to read about the dire situation in Sudan. The looming famine and food insecurity are devastating, and urgent action is needed to prevent further loss of lives.

  6. In my opinion, it is devastating to see the severe food insecurity and potential famine looming in Sudan. The ongoing civil war has caused immense suffering, with millions uprooted from their homes and children facing acute malnutrition. Urgent action and support are crucial to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe and save hundreds of thousands of lives at stake.

  7. It’s heartbreaking to hear about the worsening food insecurity and famine looming in Sudan. The impact of the civil war on communities is devastating, with millions in dire need of basic resources. Urgent action and support are crucial to prevent further loss of lives. Let’s all come together to help those in need.

  8. It’s heartbreaking to hear about the escalating food insecurity and looming famine in Sudan. The impact of the brutal civil war on communities, especially children, is devastating. Urgent action and aid are crucial to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe.

  9. It is heartbreaking to see the dire situation in Sudan. The ongoing civil war has devastated food production and left millions facing famine. It’s crucial that urgent aid reaches those in need to prevent further suffering and loss of innocent lives.

  10. It’s heartbreaking to see the dire situation in Sudan. The looming famine and food insecurity are devastating for millions of people. Urgent action is needed to prevent further suffering and loss of lives. The international community must step up and provide the necessary support to address this crisis.

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