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Obstacles facing relief agencies in Sudan

Director of U.S. Aid and former U.S. Representative to the United Nations, Samantha Power, described the conflict in Sudan as catastrophic during a session organized by the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington. Power emphasized that millions of Sudanese live in fear for their lives, highlighting the need for more than 25 million people to receive essential aid.

Power outlined the obstacles facing relief agencies, including bureaucracy and a shortfall in international funding. She expressed appreciation for voluntary initiatives in delivering humanitarian aid to affected communities, despite ongoing airstrikes and arrests.

Emphasizing the crucial role of emergency committees as a strong pillar in humanitarian efforts in Sudan, Power reviewed their activities such as burial services, water and food distribution, as well as providing medicine and combating malaria. She warned of the risks of the collapse of volunteer networks and urged countries and international organizations to coordinate with these networks.

Power underscored the significant contributions of active youth in providing assistance, noting their surpassing of humanitarian services to enhance the national fabric and create a better future for Sudan. She highlighted the sacrifices made by youth amid security challenges and resource shortages.

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