When the world gets closer.

We help you see farther.

Sign up to our expressly international daily newsletter.

Already a subscriber? Log in .

You've reached your limit of one free article.

Get unlimited access to Worldcrunch

You can cancel anytime .


Exclusive International news coverage

Ad-free experience NEW

Weekly digital Magazine NEW

9 daily & weekly Newsletters

Access to Worldcrunch archives

Free trial

30-days free access, then $2.90
per month.

Annual Access BEST VALUE

$19.90 per year, save $14.90 compared to monthly billing.save $14.90.

Subscribe to Worldcrunch

Kramatorsk Or Khartoum? How Sudan’s War Victims Fade Into Oblivion

Why is the admirable funding for Ukraine not matched in Sudan, which now counts a stunning 2.5 million displaced people since fighting erupted two months ago? The West's double standard of media attention must not be left to fester.

Warehouse on fire.

Al-Shajara warehouse on fire in the south of Khartoum.

Sudan Plus News via Twitter
Pierre Haski


PARIS — It’s a question that is particularly timely today, but was there well before the war in Ukraine: why is the international media agenda solely dictated by the West? We know, of course, that this is bound to mean scant attention dedicated to the so-called "Global South."

Stay up-to-date with the latest on the Russia-Ukraine war, with our exclusive international coverage.

Sign up to our free daily newsletter.

Case in point, a Nigerian commentator on Twitter noted on Wednesday that the war between military leaders in Sudan was no longer making the front pages of Western newspapers: "Ukraine is their priority - their people, their story. There's no such thing as "global media", everyone must tell their own story."

In an ideal world, yes, we’d be shocked by the victims of the Russian missile strike on the pizzeria in Kramatorsk, Ukraine ; but also just as interested in the fate of the millions of Sudanese fleeing the brutal war being waged by two of their country’s military leaders, with no regard for human lives.

Reality is less generous.

For this reason, I've decided to relay here the numbers given by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) regarding Sudan. When I read them, I was shocked at the scale of the humanitarian catastrophe that virtually never makes it onto our radar.

Democracy crushed

The clashes began last April in Khartoum, Sudan’s vast capital, pitting the loyal troops of Chief of Staff, General Al-Burhan, against the leader of a paramilitary militia, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, known as Hemeti. It’s a merciless fight for power between two men whose commonality is having crushed the hopes of a democratic revolution in Sudan.

Most of these countries already have their own problems.

In just over two months, the UNHCR’s assessment is grim: 2.5 million people have been displaced by the fighting in the Darfur and Kordofan regions. 560,000 of them have taken refuge in neighboring countries: Egypt, Chad, Ethiopia, South Sudan and the Central African Republic. Most of these countries already have their own problems, like Ethiopia, which is struggling to emerge from an atrocious war in the Tigray province and has its own humanitarian issues.

Fleeing combat zones is no simple matter: according to the UNHCR, many displaced people and refugees risk their lives as they try to seek safety within or beyond their country’s borders.

A protester waves a Sudanese flag during a demonstration.

Protesters gathered in Whitehall calling for an end to the war in Sudan, April 29, 2023, London, United Kingdom.

Vuk Valcic via ZUMA

The UN's humanitarian plan for Sudan is only funded at less than 20% of its needs. And this is where information, or lack thereof, becomes a factor. There’s no shortage of money for Ukraine, but an invisible conflict like Sudan's suffers a double penalty.

This is obviously short-sighted, since today’s unassisted refugees will want to try their luck on the immigration road, and will become tomorrow's political problem.

The world is in such turmoil that the United Nations is struggling to carry out their humanitarian work, and is hindered in its attempt to bring back peace to these war zones. Attempts at mediation have all failed. Yet this is where all solutions lie.

What the victims of Kramatorsk and Khartoum have in common is the barbaric regression of our current world ; the difference is that the former rightly make the headlines, while the latter are unjustly ignored.

You've reached your limit of free articles.

To read the full story, start your free trial today.

Get unlimited access. Cancel anytime.

Exclusive coverage from the world's top sources, in English for the first time.

Insights from the widest range of perspectives, languages and countries.

FOCUS: Israel-Palestine War

Palestinian Olive Trees Are Also Under Israeli Occupation — And That's Not A Joke

In the West Bank, a quieter form of oppression has been plaguing Palestinians for a long time. Their olive groves are surrounded by soldiers, and it's forbidden to harvest the olives – this economic and social violence has gotten far worse since Oct. 7.

A Palestinian woman holds olives in her hands

In a file photo, Um Ahmed, 74, collects olives in the village of Sarra on the southwest of the West Bank city of Nablus.

Mohammed Turabi/ZUMA
Francesca Mannocchi

HEBRON – It was after Friday prayers on October 13th of last year, and Zakaria al-Arda was walking along the road that crosses his property's hillside to return home – but he never made it.

A settler from Havat Ma'on — an outpost bordering Al-Tuwani that the United Nations International Law and Israeli law considers illegal — descended from the hill with his rifle in hand.

For the latest news & views from every corner of the world, Worldcrunch Today is the only truly international newsletter. Sign up here.

After kicking al-Arda, who tried to defend himself, the settler shot him in the abdomen. The bullet pierced through his stomach, a few centimeters below the lungs. Since then, al-Arda has been in the hospital in intensive care. A video of those moments clearly shows that neither al-Arda nor the other worshippers leaving the mosque were carrying any weapons.

The victim's cousin, Hafez Hureini, still lives in the town of Al-Tuwani. He is a farmer, and their house on the slope of the town is surrounded by olive trees — and Israeli soldiers. On the pine tree at the edge of his property, settlers have planted an Israeli flag. Today, Hafez lives, like everyone else, as an occupied individual.

He cannot work in his greenhouse, cannot sow his fields, and cannot harvest the olives from his precious olive trees.

Keep reading...Show less

The latest