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Statement from the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding allegations of humanitarian aid hindrance:

The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has refuted what it deemed as claims propagated by some media outlets, suggesting that the Sudanese government is preventing the delivery of humanitarian aid to certain areas in Sudan. A correspondent from CNN, Namaa Elbakir, recently confirmed through a non-governmental organization employee that accumulated aid is present in Adre, Chad, with instructions not to enter West Darfur.

According to UN figures, over 7 million Sudanese have been forced to flee their homes, including 1.5 million seeking refuge in neighboring countries such as Chad, Egypt, Central Africa, South Sudan, and Ethiopia. The Foreign Ministry reiterated the Sudanese government’s commitment to the Jeddah Declaration of Humanitarian Principles signed on May 11, 2023, and subsequent obligations concerning humanitarian matters. This framework legally binds the addressing of all humanitarian aspects, including the delivery of aid to all parts of the country.

The Ministry affirmed the state’s policy to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to all regions and citizens without any hindrance or exception. Chad, situated in Central Africa, has received the largest number of Sudanese refugees, with approximately 546,000 people arriving since the start of the conflict in April last year, according to the latest UN Refugee Agency tally.

Sudanese refugees continue to arrive in Chad, one of the world’s poorest countries, joining over 180,000 refugees it hosted before the recent crisis. Reports from UN agencies indicate significant challenges in providing clean drinking water and sanitation services to new arrivals in eastern Chad, raising concerns about the spread of diseases and epidemics.

The Foreign Ministry highlighted the Sudanese government’s initiatives, including the call for an international conference on humanitarian aid for Sudan, held in Geneva in June 2023 with broad international participation. It also prepared for a high-level international meeting in New York in October 2023 to monitor the implementation of commitments made during the Geneva Humanitarian Aid Conference.

The statement further mentioned that the terrorist militias not only reneged on their commitments regarding humanitarian issues through the Jeddah platform but also exploited humanitarian truces to occupy more humanitarian and essential service facilities, such as hospitals, food warehouses, water and electricity stations, farms, and food factories, converting them into military barracks. Additionally, these militias attacked humanitarian aid convoys and looted warehouses of the World Food Programme on the island in December 2023, seizing enough food to sustain approximately 1.5 million people in need of assistance for a month, according to the program’s estimates.

The Foreign Ministry emphasized that these militias persist in obstructing the movement and delivery of aid to many areas and beneficiaries in the country. They also hindered the harvesting and cultivation of food crops in the Jazeera state, one of Sudan’s largest agricultural production regions, following their aggression on the state, terrorizing civilians, especially farmers, and looting agricultural machinery and transportation. The militia’s disruption of communication networks in the country has also hampered humanitarian operations.

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