Sudan: Humanitarian Aid

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 15 May 2023.

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Photo of Beth Winter Beth Winter Labour, Cynon Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his department is supplying funding for (a) United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and (b) other aid organisations requiring humanitarian supplies, in Sudan's neighbouring countries following the start of military action in that country on 15 April 2023.

Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development), Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development and Africa)

Before the onset of violence nearly 16 million people throughout Sudan required humanitarian aid. The situation has deteriorated significantly since then with conflict displacing hundreds of thousands and relief operations largely at a standstill owing to insecurity. The UK is working in concert with our international partners to improve humanitarian access and to scale-up aid delivery. On 4 May the UK announced an initial £5 million allocation which will help to provide urgent assistance to tens of thousands of refugees and returnees in South Sudan and Chad fleeing violence in Sudan. We will share details about implementing agencies in due course. The UK provides financial support to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and the Red Cross' Disaster Response Emergency Fund (DREF). Both mechanisms are responding to the crisis. The UK is a committed donor in Sudan, having spent over £250 million in humanitarian aid in the last five years.

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