March 13, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The United Nations said on Wednesday that it wants to come up with $983 million in order to finance 364 projects in conflict ridden parts of Sudan.
Ali al-Zaatari, the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan speaking at a press conference to announce the kickoff of the UN plan for humanitarian aid in 2013, said that there are 3.4 million people in need of assistance including Southern Sudanese who are stranded in the North.
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ALSO: From the UN
Humanitarian needs in Sudan continue to be driven by a cycle of conflict, displacement and vulnerability. To meet these needs the United Nations (UN) and its partners are appealing for US$983 million1 to fund a total of 364 projects across thirteen sectors in 2013. This will allow for the provision of humanitarian assistance to 4.4 million people in Sudan. The majority of these people are in Darfur, where 3.4 million
people, including 1.4 million people receiving food aid in camps, will require some form of humanitarian assistance in 2013. The estimated 695,000 people in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states who have either been displaced or severely affected by the on-going conflict will also require humanitarian assistance. Other people in need include 142,000 refugees in Sudan, 45,000 people of South Sudanese origin who are currently at departure points in Khartoum, 38,000 people of Sudanese origin who have returned from South Sudan, and some 40,000 returnees to the Abyei area.
The highest priority humanitarian needs amongst these people are food assistance, livelihoods opportunities, water, sanitation and health services and protection of internally displaced persons (IDPs), refugees and other vulnerable groups. Given these identified needs, the UN and its partners have endorsed the following three strategic priorities to guide humanitarian action in 2013:
Contribute to timely and effective humanitarian response throughout Sudan.
Promote and facilitate durable solutions, empowering people and communities by reducing aid dependence.
Build capacity of national actors to address humanitarian needs in Sudan.
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