UK nearly doubles aid package for war-torn Sudan to $112m

The £89 million aid package in 2024-25 is up from nearly £50 million in the current financial year

Sudanese refugees who have fled the war cross the South Sudanese border near Renk on February 14. AFP
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The UK government has pledged to double its support to Sudan to £89 million ($112 million) to help the nation cope with a deepening humanitarian crisis sparked by a year-long war.

The aid package was announced as Africa minister Andrew Mitchell visited the Sudan-Chad border, a crossing point for Sudanese refugees fleeing the violence.

Sudan was plunged into chaos last April when clashes erupted in the capital, Khartoum, between rival forces – the country’s military, led by Gen Abdel Fattah Burhan, and the Rapid Support Forces paramilitary faction, commanded by Gen Mohamed Dagalo.

The conflict has left 25 million people – more than half of Sudan’s population – in need.

The African nation is at risk of famine this year, the UN has warned.

Sudan tops the International Rescue Committee’s emergency watchlist, which looks at countries most likely to experience a deteriorating humanitarian crisis, because of the escalating conflict, mass displacement, an economic crisis and a near collapse of healthcare services.

The extra UK aid will include funding to Unicef, which will provide emergency and food supplies to people particularly in hard-to-access areas, including for 500,000 children under five, according to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

An extra £4.95 million will provide 100,000 women and girls with a range of services for health and to deal with child marriage and gender-based violence.

It is part of an £89 million UK aid package for Sudan in 2024-25 – up from nearly £50 million in the current financial year.

Displaced people in Sudan - in pictures

“The conflict in Sudan is costing devastating lives," Mr Mitchell said. "Millions are displaced and facing catastrophic hunger conditions.

"There is growing evidence of atrocities against civilians. The package announced today will help save lives.

"We have not forgotten the war in Sudan – nor must the world. The urgent priority is to end the violence.”

Updated: March 28, 2024, 9:46 PM