Today, Wednesday, the United Nations appealed to donor countries to donate to provide relief to Sudanese civilians suffering from the burden of war, and called on the international community not to forget Sudan.
The organization said there is an urgent need to mobilize $4.1 billion to meet the humanitarian needs of people affected by the war, including displaced people who have fled to neighboring countries.
The United Nations estimates that half of Sudan's population – about 25 million people – is in need of humanitarian assistance and protection. Estimates also indicate that more than 1.5 million people have fled the country to the Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt as a result of the war. Ethiopia and South Sudan.
In a joint appeal with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees on Wednesday, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs asked for $2.7 billion in funding to provide humanitarian assistance to 14.7 million people inside Sudan.
He also called for $1.4 billion to be provided under this appeal to assist the approximately 2.7 million displaced people who have fled to Sudan's neighboring countries.
“The international community is still forgetting Sudan,” Martin Griffiths, the U.N. under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, told diplomats at the international organization's headquarters in Geneva.
He stressed the importance of the international community stepping up to provide relief to Sudan on an urgent need basis and said, “We must not forget Sudan. That is the simple message I am sending today.”
Griffith recalled the humanitarian suffering of the Sudanese people and said, “The 10-month conflict has deprived the Sudanese population of almost everything: security, shelter and livelihoods.”
“The generosity of donors helps us respond to large-scale violence against ethnic groups and provide children with food, shelter, drinking water and education, in addition to caring for survivors,” he stressed.
Griffiths pointed out that funding was no more than half of last year's needs, and stressed the urgent need to provide more assistance to meet Sudanese humanitarian needs this year.
In this context, the United Nations today announced that both sides of the conflict in Sudan have agreed to hold a meeting in Switzerland to discuss the issue of providing humanitarian assistance.
Griffiths said in statements made during a press conference that he had contacted the army commander, head of the Sovereignty Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and his rival, the commander of the Rapid Support Forces, Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo (Hemedti). About organizing a meeting between representatives of the two warring parties in Sudan to discuss aid distribution.
The UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs confirmed that both sides are in agreement on the matter and expressed his happiness at the move.
Fighting has been going on in Sudan since April 15 between al-Burhan-led military forces and the Hemedati-led Rapid Support Forces, which has so far resulted in thousands of deaths, including about 10,000 in Darfur. A report by United Nations experts.