WFP reaches over one million people in Sudan with life-saving food assistance despite insecurity and access challenges

PORT SUDAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has delivered emergency food assistance to more than one million people in Sudan in the six weeks since operations resumed on 3 May. WFP briefly paused operations when the conflict broke out but has since rapidly scaled up food distributions, delivering life-saving assistance to people in 14 of 18 States as fighting continues and the humanitarian situation deteriorates.

“The humanitarian needs have reached record levels in Sudan and there is still no sign of an end to the conflict,” says Eddie Rowe, WFP’s Country Director in Sudan.

“WFP is doing everything possible to deliver life-saving assistance to millions of people in Sudan and thousands more who have fled to neighbouring countries, but we cannot do it alone. The world must now come together to provide the resources to support the people of Sudan in their hour of need.”

WFP is expanding its operation to support 5.9 million conflict-affected people across Sudan over the next six months. WFP urgently requires $US409 million for this scale-up.On 9 June in Wad Madani (Gezira State), WFP provided nutrition supplements and emergency food assistance to nearly 300 orphaned young children and teenagers and their caregivers who were evacuated from the Mygoma Orphanage in Khartoum, where dozens of children tragically died in the early weeks of the conflict.

The first cross-border movement of commodities from Egypt to Sudan took place on 16 June. The border crossing between Egypt and Sudan will be a humanitarian corridor for all humanitarian partners.
WFP has operations to support refugees from Sudan in all neighbouring countries: Chad, Central African Republic (CAR), Egypt, Ethiopia, and South Sudan.

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