Sudan crisis: Fighting enters third week as UN warns country falling apart

Fighting among Sudan’s armed forces has entered its third week as the UN warns that the country is collapsing.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Saturday that the power struggle between the two top commanders of Sudan’s main armed forces, the official army and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) also known as the Janjaweed, is tearing the country apart.

“There is no right to go on fighting for power when the country is falling apart,” Guterres said in reference to the continuous fighting over power between the Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the country’s de facto head, and his former deputy Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, known as Hemedti, who commands the RSF, including tens-of-thousands of battle-hardened war veterans gathered in a collection of semi-organized militia.

Guterres, who was speaking to Al Arabiya television after efforts to extend a 72-hour truce failed, threw his weight behind the African-led attempts to mediate between the two sides, saying, “My appeal is for everything to be done to support an African-led initiative for peace in Sudan.”

Also, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) sounded the alarm, warning that the ongoing violence could plunge all of eastern Africa into a humanitarian crisis.

There is presently a shortage of food, water, and fuel in the Sudanese capital,  Khartoum, where millions of people are trapped.

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