World Donors Pledge Over $2 Billion in Aid to Sudan Amid Devastating Civil War

The international community pledges over $2.1 billion in aid to address the devastating humanitarian crisis in Sudan, ravaged by a brutal civil war, as the UN warns of a potential catastrophe requiring urgent action.

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Rafia Tasleem
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World Donors Pledge Over $2 Billion in Aid to Sudan Amid Devastating Civil War

World Donors Pledge Over $2 Billion in Aid to Sudan Amid Devastating Civil War

At an international humanitarian conference in Paris on April 15, 2024, world donors pledged over $2.1 billion in aid to address the catastrophic humanitarian crisis in Sudan, which has been engulfed in a brutal civil war between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces since April 2022. French President Emmanuel Macron announced the aid commitment, which will go towards critical needs such as food, water, medicine, and other urgent assistance for the Sudanese population pushed to the brink of famine.

The conference, attended by top diplomats, UN officials, and aid agency representatives, called for an immediate cessation of attacks on civilians and for the warring factions to allow unimpeded humanitarian access to those in desperate need. UN Secretary-General António Guterres emphasized that the plight of the Sudanese people is being overshadowed globally, warning that the "life-and-death emergency" requires $2.7 billion this year to provide adequate aid to about 24 million people, nearly half of Sudan's population.

Why this matters: The civil war in Sudan has resulted in one of the worst humanitarian disasters in recent memory, with widespread hunger, sexual violence, infrastructure damage, and violations of international humanitarian law. The pledged aid marks a significant step towards alleviating the immense suffering, but sustained diplomatic pressure and efforts to end the conflict are indispensable to prevent further catastrophe.

The yearlong conflict has killed over 14,000 people, wounded 33,000, and forced nearly 9 million to flee their homes, with 1.8 million seeking refuge in neighboring countries. The fighting has severely impacted food security, with nearly 5 million people on the brink of famine. The European Union and its member states committed €896 million ($970 million) at the conference, while the United States pledged $147 million.

Despite the substantial aid pledged, the UN's humanitarian campaign still faces a significant funding gap, having secured only a small fraction of the required funds so far. Humanitarian aid delivery continues to be impeded by the warring parties, with aid workers facing grave dangers and access constraints. The crisis has also had a regional impact, with refugees fleeing to fragile neighboring countries.

Guterres warned that war crimes and crimes against humanity may have been committed in Sudan, calling for an end to the violence. "The Sudanese people are facing a humanitarian catastrophe and need our help now," he said. The Paris conference aimed to mobilize urgent funding and ensure that Sudan's crisis does not become a forgotten one as other conflicts dominate international attention.

Key Takeaways

  • $2.1B in aid pledged at Paris conference to address Sudan's humanitarian crisis
  • Civil war has killed 14K, displaced 9M, and pushed 5M to brink of famine
  • UN warns of war crimes, calls for end to violence and unimpeded aid access
  • EU and US commit $970M and $147M respectively, but funding gap remains
  • Conference aims to prevent Sudan's crisis from being overshadowed globally