UAE signs additional $20 million grant for war victims in Sudan

UAE signs additional $20 million grant for war victims in Sudan

THE UAE once again strongly rejected allegations it is supporting the war in Sudan by supplying weapons to the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) as the gulf state pledged millions more in humanitarian aid for the war-torn African nation.

The Gulf country signed a $20 million agreement with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to fund displaced people in Sudan and neighboring regions.

Before the latest agreement, the UAE allocated U.S. $70 million in aid for Sudan through key partners and UN agencies last week.

This was on top of the $130 million humanitarian aid the Gulf nation has provided to Sudan since the conflict erupted on April 15, 2023.

The UAE strongly rejected the allegations of the Sudanese government that the country is supplying weapons to the armed forces’ rival faction – the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

The warring factions have been struggling to take control of Sudan which resulted in the ongoing civil war that is now approaching its 15th month.

Experts warned the deadly conflict has created a hunger catastrophe at a level not seen since twenty years ago. The conflict which has killed more than 14,000 people and displaced millions has forced about 755,000 war victims to suffer catastrophic levels of food insecurity.

“Fourteen months into the conflict, Sudan is facing the worst levels of acute food insecurity ever recorded by IPC in the country. Over half the population, 25.6 million people, face crisis or worse conditions,” Rein Paulsen Director, FAO said.

With the latest aid, the total amount of UAE’s humanitarian assistance to Sudan has now reached more than $3.5 billion in the past ten years.

 

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