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Amid Major Crises Africa Needs as Much Help as Possible

Op-Ed by Emily Thompson

Several critical issues today affect the continent of Africa, particularly the severe humanitarian crises that have emerged from conflicts, natural disasters, and disease outbreaks.

The conflict between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) that began in April 2023 has spiraled into a massive humanitarian crisis. It has led to one of the world’s largest displacement crises, with over six million people internally displaced. The widespread impact of the conflict has left approximately half of Sudan’s population—nearly 25 million people—in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. This situation underscores the devastating effects of armed conflict on civilian populations, exacerbating the need for international humanitarian aid and intervention.

The crisis in Sudan is not isolated, as it affects neighboring countries like Chad, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and Egypt. These countries face challenges related to the influx of refugees, straining already limited resources, and exacerbating regional instability.

The Greater Horn of Africa, a large peninsula and geopolitical region in East Africa composed of Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somaliland, is experiencing a dire humanitarian situation, with approximately 50 million people facing acute food insecurity. Conflicts, prolonged droughts, and flooding are the primary drivers behind the displacement of over 19 million individuals. The situation is critical, highlighting the intersection of climate change, conflict, and food systems’ vulnerabilities, requiring comprehensive and sustained international support.

Disease outbreaks pose a significant health threat across several African countries. Cholera outbreaks in South Sudan, alongside Ethiopia’s battle with the disease, reflect the challenges in managing waterborne illnesses. Additionally, measles, malaria, and dengue fever outbreaks in seven countries, including Ethiopia, indicate a broader public health crisis exacerbated by inadequate healthcare infrastructure, environmental factors, and mobility due to conflicts and natural disasters.

The international community has responded to these crises by offering assistance.

The European Union’s financial contributions, including €600,000 to South Sudan for cholera outbreak preparedness and €1 million to Ethiopia for cholera epidemic management, represent a part of the international effort to address these crises.

The EU provides significant humanitarian aid to African countries facing emergencies due to conflicts, natural disasters, and disease outbreaks. The European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) is instrumental in delivering emergency assistance, including food aid, shelter, healthcare, and support for refugees and internally displaced persons.

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