UAE allocates 70% of $100mn humanitarian aid to Sudan & neighboring countries

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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UAE's Humanitarian aid to Sudan
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The United Arab Emirates, one of the leading contributors of humanitarian assistance to Sudan and Africa, has allocated 70 percent of the $100 million it pledged in April at the International Humanitarian Conference for Sudan and Neighboring Countries, to UN agencies and humanitarian organizations, in support of efforts dedicated to alleviating the humanitarian crisis in Sudan.

In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized that the aid will be allocated to key partners and UN agencies, including the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), UN World Food Program (WFP), UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and World Health Organization (WHO).

The UAE’s allocation aims to address the crisis and prevent further deterioration of the humanitarian situation and the imminent risk of famine in Sudan. This is part of a comprehensive strategy that consists of providing a full range of assistance, including food and health services, livelihood support, emergency shelter and the protection of women.

Reem-Al-Hashimy_UAE's Humanitarian assistance to Sudan
Reem Al Hashimy
UAE Minister of International Cooperation

“The aid provided to Sudan and neighboring countries by the UAE reflects the unwavering commitment of the country’s leadership to provide humanitarian and relief support to the brotherly Sudanese people, to address humanitarian challenges and continuously extend assistance and support to Sudan. UAE will provide aid to El Fasher and other areas in Sudan in cooperation with the World Food Program.”

Furthermore, the minister highlighted that the UAE established an air bridge with Sudan and neighboring Chad since the beginning of the crisis to provide support and aid to the Sudanese people, as well as mitigate the severity of the humanitarian crisis in Sudan and neighboring countries.

The UAE has also provided $130 million in humanitarian aid, and 9,500 tonnes of food and medical supplies through the operation of 148 relief planes. In addition to dispatching a ship carrying approximately 1,000 tonnes of urgent relief supplies.

Moreover, the UAE has supported refugee camps for displaced Sudanese people in Abéché and in a number of regions in Chad, and dispatched a plane carrying 100 tons of food supplies to Sudanese refugees in South Sudan through the World Food Program.

The minister also added that, “Within the framework of providing medical services to the Sudanese refugees in neighboring countries, the UAE built two field hospitals in the Chadian cities of Amdjarass and Abéché to support the brotherly Sudanese people. The hospitals’ care is extended to all civilians in need, regardless of nationality, age, gender, or political association. The number of patients treated at the hospital in Amdjarass since its establishment has reached 29,378.”

Al Hashimy, reiterated the UAE’s consistent position, calling for an immediate and permanent ceasefire, and the need to reach of a peaceful solution for the crisis by returning to the political process. The UAE also called for joint efforts and collaboration to end the conflict, enhance the security and stability of Sudan, prevent further loss of life, and establish a national consensus towards forming a government where civilians lead and participate, while meeting the aspirations of the brotherly Sudanese people for development and prosperity.

Martin Griffiths, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, stated that, “We are deeply grateful to the Government and the people of the United Arab Emirates for your generous support of $70 million to help bring relief to the people of Sudan through the United Nations. With this allocation, we can bolster our lifesaving support to families and communities caught up in Sudan’s unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Your compassion and solidarity with people in need across the world exemplify the power of global cooperation in making a tangible difference in the lives of the most vulnerable.”

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi thanked the United Arab Emirates for its contribution to the humanitarian efforts inside Sudan and in its neighboring countries. Filippo Grandi commented that, “The people of Sudan are enduring the dreadful consequences of this brutal war and need urgent support. State contributions are essential in providing much-needed lifesaving humanitarian assistance to vulnerable people in Sudan forced to flee.”

Cindy McCain, Executive Director of the World Food Program, quoted that, “WFP welcomes all pledges towards our lifesaving food operations in Sudan. With this contribution, we will be able to assist vulnerable people who are at risk of sliding into famine.”

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