Spotlight on Darfur: The implications of ongoing conflict and atrocities

The event will discuss the implications of ongoing conflict dynamics and atrocities being committed in Darfur.

Research event, Panel Recording
16 May 2024 — 4:00PM TO 5:30PM
Chatham House and Online

Event recording

Panellists discuss the conflict dynamics and atrocities being committed in Darfur.

The war in Sudan has received little high-level political, diplomatic, or international media attention. The continued focus of the warring parties on a military victory lessens the prospects of a negotiated ceasefire and is further aggravating one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

The Rapid Support Forces are seeking to capture El Fasher in North Darfur, the only major Darfuri city still under partial control of the Sudanese Armed Forces. Reports of ethnically-targeted violence by Arab tribes against non-Arab Darfuri tribes heightens the risks of an ethnicized civil war.

Insecurity in North Darfur further aggravates the acute humanitarian needs across the country, preventing aid delivery from eastern Chad to the wider Darfur region. The war has caused the world’s largest displacement crisis, with more than 9 million people displaced, including over 6.7 million internally displaced. 

This is worsened by a looming famine, with over 17.7 million people suffering from acute levels of food insecurity. This comes in the context of donors pledging $2 billion in support at a humanitarian conference for Sudan and neighbouring countries in Paris in April 2024.

At this event, panellists discuss the conflict dynamics and atrocities being committed in Darfur, including their implications for inter-communal cohesion. Discussions also address the challenges faced by humanitarian organizations in Darfur and the implications for the unfolding humanitarian crisis across the country more widely.

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