The civil war in Sudan broke out in April and its toll has been devastating. The UN reports that more than 6 million people have been displaced and that another 25 million—half of the population—have been left to fend for themselves.
Attacks on the civilian population are often savage. Last week, a militia entered a refugee camp and murdered almost a thousand people. There continue to be mass executions and many women are abused and raped.
UN Mission in Sudan
I will continue to call for all the parties to Sudan's conflict to abide by their obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law. This is not optional. These attacks should cease and those responsible held accountable.
The resurgence of violence in this part of the world has not gone unnoticed by the Vatican. In an Angelus address, Pope Francis reminded the world of the ongoing violence in Sudan.
For several months, Sudan has been in the grip of a civil war that shows no sign of letting up and is causing numerous casualties, millions of internally displaced persons and refugees in neighboring countries and a very serious humanitarian situation.
The Pope referred to this conflict towards the end of one of his Sunday greetings in St. Peter's Square. He typically uses this opportunity to ask for prayers for peace and to urge the international community to do what they can to stop violence. But for the situation in Sudan, the solution will require more time to implement.