Sudan’s Descent: A Year of Civil War and Global Indifference

Sudan's tragic collapse unfolded one year ago, as the nation's factions clashed, leaving a trail of destruction. Khartoum, once bustling, is now a war-torn expanse. With 16,000 lives lost, 1 in 5 Sudanese displaced, and 3 million children malnourished, the country stands on the precipice of collapse. The world's indifference amplifies the nation's agony.

Israel Ojoko
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Sudan’s Descent: A Year of Civil War and Global Indifference

Sudan’s Descent: A Year of Civil War and Global Indifference

In the shadow of a world that averted its gaze, Sudan’s tragic collapse unfolded. Exactly one year ago, the nation plunged into chaos, leaving scars etched in blood and despair.

On that fateful day, April 15, 2023, Sudan’s most formidable factions clashed. The Sudanese armed forces, led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, faced off against the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), commanded by General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, known as “Hemedti.”

The battleground stretched across cities, where air strikes scarred the landscape, and militiamen prowled like shadows, leaving destruction in their wake. Khartoum, once a bustling capital, metamorphosed into a war-torn expanse.

Fast-forward a year, and Sudan stands on the precipice of collapse. The state machinery crumbles, its institutions mere echoes of their former selves. Hospitals, once beacons of healing, now struggle to function. Schools lie abandoned, their promise of education fading.

The grim tally: 16,000 lives lost, victims of a conflict that knows no mercy. War crimes stain the land—massacres, sexual violence—an indelible blot on humanity. And the displaced—one-fifth of Sudan’s 50 million souls—wander, seeking refuge from the storm.

In this desolate landscape, hunger gnaws at the core. Nearly a third of Sudan’s people teeter on the brink of starvation. The UN’s grim assessment reveals the plight of three million malnourished children, their fragile bodies bearing witness to a world that turned away.

Once, Sudan glimpsed hope. In 2019, the dictator Omar al-Bashir fell, ousted by a people’s uprising. The promise of democracy beckoned—a fragile transition toward civilian-led governance. But then came the coup orchestrated by Burhan and Hemedti in 2021. The dream shattered, and Sudan’s fate hung in the balance.

As the world averts its eyes, Sudan’s agony persists. The silence is deafening, drowning out the cries of a nation torn apart. We must reckon with our indifference, for in Sudan’s suffering lies a universal truth: When nations crumble, humanity falters.