US allocates $38M in humanitarian aid for Sudan

The United States has announced an additional $38 million in humanitarian assistance for Sudan, aimed at addressing the ongoing crisis exacerbated by conflict.

This aid, channeled through USAID, includes $23 million designated for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to support vital programs for Sudanese children.

Tyler Beckelman, USAID’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa, unveiled the funding during the Unite with the Children of Sudan event in Nairobi, Kenya.

The event, jointly organized by USAID, UNICEF, and Save the Children, highlighted the severe challenges faced by young Sudanese amidst ongoing conflict.

This latest announcement brings the total US humanitarian aid commitment to Sudan to over $1.4 billion since October 2022. The support from USAID and its partners will sustain critical relief efforts, focusing on nutrition screenings for millions of young children and essential healthcare services across regions like Darfur and Kordofan.

Since April 2023, clashes involving the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have left approximately 14 million Sudanese children in urgent need of assistance, with nearly 4 million facing acute malnutrition in 2024.

Aid agencies have emphasized the pressing need for increased humanitarian aid, particularly in areas like Khartoum and Darfur, where famine-like conditions threaten lives.

The US government reiterated its commitment to Sudan’s people, urging conflicting parties to cease hostilities, refrain from hindering humanitarian operations, and ensure safe access for aid personnel and supplies across conflict lines and borders.

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