UNHCR Sudan: Humanitarian Challenges & Funding

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Coordinator for the Sudan, Mamadou Dian Balde, said humanitarian access for displaced persons “is of paramount importance” and is “critical for the 3.6 million internally displaced persons”. Balde said there are “major” funding gaps “as we support and we try to respond to the needs. There are an estimated 3.6 million Internally Displaced Persons in Sudan.

KHARTOUM AUGUST 23: The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Regional Refugee Coordinator for the Sudan Situation, Mamadou Dian Balde, on Tuesday (22 Aug), said humanitarian access for Sudanese displaced persons “is of paramount importance” and is “critical for the 3.6 million internally displaced persons that we have started seeing.”

Briefing reporters in New York via video teleconference from White Nile State in Sudan on the needs and challenges faced by people displaced by the conflict, Balde said there are “major” funding gaps “as we support and we try to respond to the needs, immediate needs around food, around health, around nutrition.”

He said, “We need the large development funding to come and to support systems. This way will not only make the asylum systems sustainable, but we will also be preventing the type of tensions that we have started seeing in some of the countries between refugees and host populations, host populations that are generous in receiving the refugees, but host populations that do not have access to these services.”

UNHCR and partners, Balde said, are “staying, delivering during difficult times, despite the conflict and in light of all the risk associated with it, these colleagues have been able to stay and deliver, and to support population civilians.”

There are an estimated 3.6 million Internally Displaced Persons in Sudan, and some 947,000 have crossed the borders into neighboring countries.

A 600 million US dollar appeal has been only 31 percent funded.

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