Sudanese Refugees

International Development written question – answered on 4th February 2004.

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Photo of John Barrett John Barrett Shadow Minister (International Development), International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the humanitarian condition of Sudanese refugees from the Beja community who are living in Eritrea; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn The Secretary of State for International Development

We have not made any specific assessment of Sudanese Beja refugees in Eritrea. However, we keep closely in touch with Government of Eritrea, NGO and UN reports/assessments, and are therefore aware of the concern that has recently been raised about the humanitarian situation faced by the Beja refugees.

UK is willing to play its part in the provision of assistance to address humanitarian needs, in any part of Eritrea and with any community, where there are urgent, unmet humanitarian needs.

We have been supporting supplementary food distributions to the Beja in Eritrea through the NGO Dutch Interchurch Aid.

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