American aid of $100 million for Sudan, conference Monday in Paris

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WASHINGTON/PARIS (Reuters) – The United States will announce this Sunday additional aid of $100 million for Sudan, a country at war which is the subject of an international humanitarian conference on Monday in Paris.

According to a press release seen by Reuters, Washington wants to encourage the international community to be generous as the first anniversary of the war in this northeast African country approaches on Monday.

According to the administrator of the American Agency for International Development, Samantha Power, this envelope is intended in particular to finance emergency food aid.

“One year ago tomorrow, the people of Sudan woke up to a nightmare,” Samantha Power wrote in this press release. “Warring parties have transformed bustling neighborhoods into combat zones, killing thousands, leaving bodies in the streets and trapping civilians in their homes without food, water or medicine.”

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The war which broke out in Sudan on April 15, 2023 pits the Sudanese army and the paramilitaries of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

Thousands of civilians were killed, according to figures difficult to establish, and both sides were accused of war crimes.

The war has pushed millions of people to the brink of famine, caused massive population displacements, triggered ethnic massacres and sexual violence in the Darfur region of western Sudan.

Washington’s announcement comes on the eve of an international humanitarian conference for Sudan and neighboring countries organized Monday in Paris, where the French and German foreign ministers, Stéphane Séjourné and Annalena Baerbock, will meet, as well as the representative of the European Union for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell.

(Reporting by Daphné Psaledakis in Washington, with Elizabeth Pineau in Paris)


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