Mr. Volker Perthes, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan, arrived Khartoum on 2 February 2021.
Press Statement: For Immediate Release(New York, 21 January 2021)
The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about clashes in West Darfur over the weekend. Escalating inter-communal violence has resulted in scores of deaths and injuries, the displacement of nearly 50,000 people and the destruction of property.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Volker Perthes of Germany as his new Special Representative for Sudan and Head of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS).
Sudan has been hit by devastating floods, the worst seen in decades, impacting more than 600,000 households across 17 of the country’s 18 states.
With homes destroyed and farmland damaged just ahead of the harvest season, it’s been another shock amid multiple crises.
Authorities declared a three-month state of emergency in early September after the worst flooding in 30 years.
To date, more than 860,000 people have had houses destroyed or damaged and more than 120 people have died.
The African country is continuing on a path of political transition following the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir in April 2019.
“Sudan, with the blood of its martyrs, has gone through decades of tyranny, injustice and social deterioration,” he said.