International Aid for Sudan: $1.5 Billion Pledged to Ease Humanitarian Crisis

2023-06-19 15:36:58

Donors Monday pledged nearly $1.5 billion to help ease the humanitarian crisis in Sudan and neighboring countries hosting refugees fleeing the fighting, the United Nations announced.

“Today, donors announced nearly $1.5 billion for the humanitarian response in Sudan and the region,” said UN Humanitarian Coordinator Martin Griffiths, at the conclusion of an international conference in Geneva devoted to the Sudanese crisis.

The high-level donors conference for Sudan 2023 was held via videoconference, co-chaired by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the State of Qatar, the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Federal Republic of Germany, the United Nations Organization represented by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the European Union, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Sudan Donors Conference.. Numbers and Needs

USAID Administrator Samantha Power said that the United States is pledging $171 million in additional aid to Sudan.

European Union

In a statement, the European Union pledged to provide 190 million euros in humanitarian and development aid to Sudan.

Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani said that Qatar pledges $50 million in aid to Sudan.

Germany’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Katja Kohl, has pledged humanitarian aid to Sudan and the region worth 200 million euros until 2024.

United nations

The UN Relief and Humanitarian Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, said it would allocate an additional $22 million for priority humanitarian needs in Sudan.

humanitarian crisis

Since April 15, Sudan has been witnessing battles between the Sudanese army, led by Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and the Rapid Support Forces, led by his former deputy, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.

The United Nations made two appeals to address the crisis through the humanitarian response inside Sudan and to respond to the needs of refugees in neighboring countries, announcing its need for $3 billion this year, of which it received less than 17 percent.

The United Nations says more than half of the 49 million people inside Sudan now need humanitarian aid.

According to United Nations data, more than 2.2 million people have been displaced by the fighting, including more than 500,000 fleeing to neighboring countries.

Those who remain in Khartoum suffer from the collapse of services such as electricity, water and communications networks, while looters plunder homes, mostly in well-to-do neighbourhoods.

Half of Khartoum’s 130 hospitals are not functioning, and all West Darfur state hospitals are out of service.

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