FROM THE FIELD: Facing up to crisis in Kassala

3 January 2020

An economic crisis in Sudan which has driven up food prices in the African country has contributed to an increase in the number of people needing aid; that’s according to the UN’s humanitarian affairs agency, OCHA. 

Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, meets a group of young volunteers who are helping the government and humanitarian organizations tackle the recurrent disease outbreaks in Kassala, Sudan.
OCHA/Saviano Abreu

Some 9.3 million people, nearly a quarter of the population, are expected to need humanitarian assistance in 2020, up from some 8.5 million this year.  

In Kassala state, in the east of the country, more than 400,000 people suffer crisis levels of food insecurity and many cannot afford to buy the medicines they need when they fall ill. 

The UN’s humanitarian chief, Mark Lowcock, visited Kassala in November and called on the international community to provide more aid, more quickly.  

Read more here about how the people of Kassala are facing up to economic hardships. 


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