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Germany has pledged 200 million euros to Sudan at the UN conference

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Status: 06/19/2023 5:03 pm

According to the UN, 24.7 million people in Sudan need humanitarian aid: Germany has now pledged 200 million euros at the donor conference. The country has been in a power struggle between the two generals since last April.

By 2024, Germany wants to provide 200 million euros in humanitarian aid to people in and around Sudan. Of this, 100 million euros are new funds that will still need to be planned depending on the development of the security situation and access options for humanitarian aid, Foreign Affairs Minister of the Federal Foreign Office, Katja Keul, told the UN Donors Conference in Geneva.

UN insists on three billion euros

“Warring parties must stop looting and allow safe access,” the Green Party politician demanded. The EU Commission pledged a further €190 million. According to the United Nations, 24.7 million people – half of Sudan’s population – are in need of humanitarian assistance.

United Nations aid agencies are seeking a total of more than three billion dollars (2.77 billion euros) to help the Sudanese people this year. Of this, $2.56 billion goes to the United Nations Office for Emergency Relief (OCHA), which primarily intends to fund food, water, shelter and medical assistance in the country. Another $470 million is earmarked for some 480,000 people who have fled Sudan, mostly to surrounding countries.

The Pushkists fell

In Sudan, the paramilitary forces of former vice-regent Mohamed Hamdan Daghlo have been fighting armed forces led by de facto head of state Abdel Fattah al-Burhan since mid-April. The two generals took power together in 2019 and 2021, but then stepped down.

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More than 2,000 people have been killed since the conflict broke out, and more than 2.2 million have been displaced from their homes. Many agreed ceasefires were broken by the warring parties. Apart from the capital Khartoum, the Darfur region, which has been ravaged by decades of ethnic conflict, has been plagued by severe violence.

and-General Secretary appeals Community of States

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for urgent support from the international community as the fighting continues. “The scale and speed with which Sudan is heading towards death and destruction is unprecedented,” Guterres said at the pledging conference. Without strong international assistance, the country could become a “lawless place” and increase insecurity across the region.

“The situation in Darfur and Khartoum is catastrophic. Fighting is raging everywhere, people are being attacked at home and on the streets,” Guterres stressed. The humanitarian crisis that preceded the outbreak of fighting has escalated into a disaster affecting more than half of the country’s population.

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