In the heart of Sudan, the city of Khartoum has found itself trapped amidst a violent conflict between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces. Residents of this and various other cities have been, unfortunately, swept up in a whirlwind of both chaos and fear. As the battle rages on, five major issues have emerged, exacerbating the suffering of the innocent civilians caught in the crossfire.
Firstly, access to essential medication has become increasingly scarce as most pharmacies have been forced to close their doors down. The war has disrupted supply chains which has prevented new medicines from making their way into the city. This, as a result, has left countless individuals struggling with chronic illnesses and acute conditions have been left without proper treatment or relief.
Secondly, issues with electronic transactional payment have begun to stem from a lack of cash and unstable mobile banking app networks that regularly crash that have paralyzed further accessibility to resources, impacting many aspects of daily life. Mostly for families who rely on these payment methods to secure food, housing or other necessities, this instability adds an undue burden in an already tumultuous time.
Thirdly, transportation within Khartoum has become a serious issue due to fuel shortages and paramilitary checkpoints scattered across the city. These obstacles not only prevent people from reaching their destinations on time but also hinder emergency services from responding promptly during times of need.
Fourthly, communication within Khartoum is challenging at best because of unstable telecommunication networks. Maintaining contact with concerned loved ones or even coordinating necessary provisions has become a herculean task for many. This communication gap amplifies anxiety and distress amongst residents, who must cope with uncertainty in addition to safeguarding their families.
Lastly, despite the mounting desire to escape this war-torn city for safety elsewhere, many citizens are left stranded because they cannot afford adequate resources to do so. Trapped by circumstance and cost barriers, these people must bear witness to horrifying acts while trying to protect themselves and their families as best they can.
The people of Khartoum are in dire need of support and empathy; forced to navigate a tragic situation they did not choose or incite. As their burdens multiply, it is our hope that relief and resolution may soon find them, helping to ease their suffering and granting peace to a city torn apart by strife.
By : Mahmood Ahmed