France Announces Humanitarian Conference for Sudan Crisis

Afaf Fahchouch
Afaf Fahchouch
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France revealed plans to host a critical ministerial meeting in mid-April aimed at addressing the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Sudan and its impact on neighbouring countries. The conference, slated for April 15th, underscores the urgent need to support Sudan and its surrounding nations as they grapple with the aftermath of a devastating civil war that has displaced millions and raised concerns of widespread famine.

Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne emphasized the importance of not overlooking the plight of civilians affected by the conflict in Sudan, urging the international community to step up efforts to provide essential humanitarian aid. The United Nations has echoed these sentiments, calling for $4.1 billion in funding to meet the urgent needs of those affected by the crisis and to support refugees who have fled to neighbouring countries.

With half of Sudan’s population – approximately 25 million people – in need of humanitarian assistance and protection, and over 1.5 million individuals seeking refuge in countries like the Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, and South Sudan, the situation demands immediate attention and action.

The proposed conference, to be attended by ministers from neighbouring nations, regional stakeholders, Western countries, and representatives from UN agencies and humanitarian organizations, aims to facilitate collaborative efforts to address the multifaceted challenges posed by the crisis. While discussions will encompass humanitarian aid and support, there will also be a focus on the broader political dynamics surrounding the conflict.

Despite diplomatic efforts, the 10-month-long conflict in Sudan, involving the country’s armed forces and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), persists, highlighting the need for sustained engagement and international cooperation to achieve a lasting solution.

While the primary warring factions may not be directly involved in the conference, the gathering provides an opportunity for key stakeholders to explore avenues for alleviating the humanitarian crisis and promoting stability in the region. France’s initiative underscores its commitment to addressing one of the most pressing humanitarian challenges of our time and signals a collective effort to provide relief and support to those affected by the conflict in Sudan.


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