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SUDAN: Khartoum urges the EU to offer more funding for refugees

Striving to contain refugees remains a big challenge to the global world. In spite of enormous efforts that have been made toward helping refugees who continue to be in dire need, finding a lasting solution remains an issue of utmost concern,

Under the leadership of Omar al-Bashir, the Sudanese government has called on the European Union (one of the world’s most influential bloc tacking the refugee crisis) to provide additional support to meet the urgent needs of refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Khartoum made this call through the Minister of foreign Affairs El-Dirdeiry Ahmed who on Friday met with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, in Brussels. Ahmed and the EU official Mogherini brainstormed on the prevailing condition in Sudan in conjuction with the current political and economic developments in South Sudan and the entire region. This was revealed by Sudan’s ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The ministry added that Ahmed and Mongherini also discussed the humanitarian condition of refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Sudan particularly South Sudanese refugees. For his part, the Foreign Minister extended the Sudanese government’s gratitude towards the EU for the unfailing support for refugees in need, urging for more of such gestures.

In a press release, Mogherini expressed appreciation for Sudan’s efforts in this regard, saying the EU has earmarked additional €20 million for humanitarian aid.

As per figures of Sudan’s Commission of Refugees, Khartoum is playing host to about 2 million refugees from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Chad, Somalia, Central Africa Republic, South Sudan, Yemen and Syria.

Statics from the UN reveals that Khartoum houses 110,000 refugees from Eritrea, 400,000 refugees from South Sudan and over 100,000 Syrian refugees.

In addition, some 500,000 South Sudanese who stayed in Sudan following the separation are also in need of humanitarian assistance according to the UN.

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