Published On: Thu, Aug 1st, 2013

European Union Provides Humanitarian Support to Sudan

imageBRUSSELS, Belgium – European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) is providing humanitarian support to Sudan by donating $22 million dollars to fund the humanitarian efforts of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in the region where at least 3.9 million people are in need of help.

The massive displacement of people and growing malnutrition rates are cited as consequences of the ten-year prolonged conflicts in Sudan and humanitarian efforts have become an increasingly necessary part of the survival of many of the region’s inhabitants.

The WFP Sudan plans to use the EU donation to provide life-saving food assistance to approximately 2.9 million people, half of whom are displaced. Some particular appropriations include the treatment of 33,000 children under the age of five at risk of malnutrition in eastern Sudan, a monthly food ration to 35,000 newly-arrived refugees, and nutritious supplementary food for approximately 16,000 malnourished children in the two conflict-affected border states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

Here in the United States, the Obama Administration has made it a mandate of foreign policy to end the violence in Sudan and appointed a Special Envoy with a mission to see to it that Sudan and South Sudan are both politically stable, economically prosperous and at peace with each other and their own people.

Joint international efforts to provide humanitarian support to Sudan will continue to play an increasingly important role in the region’s sustenance with UN estimates of over 4.7 million Darfuris relying on humanitarian aid.


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