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Denmark, Ireland donate $6 million to Sudan fund

by dabangasudan, May 06, 2016.



Food aid in Um Shalay,
Darfur (postconflict.unep.ch)

Denmark and Ireland have
donated $2.8 million and $3.2 million respectively to the Sudan
Humanitarian Fund to support international and national humanitarian
organisations in prioritised life-saving projects.

A statement of the UN Resident and
Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan pointed to the humanitarian
situations in Jebel Marra in Darfur, and of South Sudanese refugees
into Sudan, as two emergency projects that need ongoing response from
aid organisations.



Timely and targeted contributions
from the donor community are vital to ensure that the SHF continues
to be a strategic and flexible funding mechanism that supports
life-saving interventions,”
said Marta Ruedas, of the UNRHC in
Sudan.
Funding received in 2016 will
predominantly go towards supporting the response capacity of
international and national NGOs – the front-line responders in
emergencies.”

The $6 million funding by Denmark and
Ireland will support ongoing emergency response activities across
Sudan and aims to pilot innovative humanitarian interventions so as
to ensure maximum impact on the ground.


In recent months, Sudan has witnessed
wide-scale displacement from the Jebel Marra area in Darfur, with
tens of thousands of people reportedly displaced. 

Humanitarian
organisations are currently responding to needs on the ground, but
acute gaps in life-saving assistance, such as water, nutrition, and
health services provision, have stretched the existing capacity and
funds.



Displaced and refugees




The UN estimated that at least 138,000
people from the Jebel Marra Massif were displaced as of 31 March. 
Aerial bombardments by the Sudanese Air Force have struck the area
almost daily since mid-January, in the government’s attempt to
crush the holdout rebel forces. 

The majority of the displaced has
fled to camps in North Darfur. Activists have told Radio Dabanga that
humanitarian organisations were able to provide thousands of them
with aid.


Moreover, other new humanitarian needs
such as the influx of South Sudanese refugees into Sudan have put
additional pressure on the timely delivery of humanitarian aid. 

Since
late January 2016, there has been a surge in the number of South
Sudanese fleeing into Sudan.
Approximately 54,000 South Sudanese
refugees have arrived in East and South Darfur and West Kordofan in
just over two months. 

East Darfur has received about 43,000 of these
new arrivals, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian
Affairs (OCHA) reported last week.
 

In 2015, the Sudan Humanitarian Fund
allocated $54.8 million for humanitarian action across Sudan.