Sudan — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:23 pm on 10th March 2010.

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Photo of Baroness Cox Baroness Cox Crossbench 3:23 pm, 10th March 2010

When I was in southern Sudan two weeks' ago, the Government of southern Sudan expressed great appreciation of the Minister's recent visit and of all the aid that Britain is giving in humanitarian assistance and capacity building. Is the Minister aware that southern Sudan suffers from a humanitarian crisis, with one in seven children dying before the age of five and one in seven mothers dying in childbirth and with only 20 per cent immunisation? Could DfID take an overview of the distribution of aid to ensure that it reaches all those in need, both to save lives and promote stability before the elections and referendum in the south?