The US Agency for International Development (USAID) announced that it is contributing an additional 30,000 metric tons of emergency food assistance to the World Food Program (WFP) for conflict-affected populations in Darfur in western Sudan.
Approximately 860,000 people have been internally displaced within Sudan and more than 110,000 people have fled across the border into neighboring Chad as a result of this conflict, according to the United Nations (UN), which has referred to the crisis as the world's worst humanitarian and human rights catastrophe at present.
The announcement follows a humanitarian ceasefire between the government of Sudan and rebels from the Sudan Liberation Movement and the Justice and Equality Movement which includes a pledge to guarantee safe passage of humanitarian aid to Darfur. This latest US food contribution, valued at approximately $27.1 million, is estimated to arrive in Darfur in late May in advance of the rainy season when logistical access to vulnerable populations will be greatly restricted.
This contribution brings the total USAID contribution to the WFP for the Darfur crisis since October 2003 to nearly 74,000 metric tons of mixed food commodities worth approximately $67 million. In addition, USAID has also contributed approximately 7,000 metric tons of mixed commodities worth approximately $4.8 million for the WFP in eastern Chad. — (menareport.com)
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