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Sudan: First food assistance delivered in western darfur

by Sofia Navarro
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The director of the World Food Programme (WFP) in Sudan stated on Friday that conflict has driven over 20 million people to suffer severe acute hunger. This constitutes nearly 42% of the country’s population.

Eddie Rowe also pointed out that last week, for the first time, they were able to deliver food assistance in the state of Western Darfur. “A convoy of five trucks carrying 125 tons of basic food traveled from eastern Chad to Western Darfur, where we delivered one month’s worth of food assistance to about 15,400 people in the villages of Adikong, Shukri, and Jarabi,” he said.

The director hopes that this route from Chad will become a regular humanitarian corridor to reach these families in Western Darfur, especially in Geneina, the capital of Western Darfur. “The situation in Darfur, and especially in Western and Central Darfur, is catastrophic. Our teams passed through deserted towns and villages after a massive exodus of people. Health facilities, banks, and other critical infrastructure are destroyed.”

Rowe highlighted that those who remain are mostly women and their children, who are very vulnerable and have not fled due to excessive fear. Their husbands have died, been injured, or disappeared, and these families are barely surviving.

“Most of them eat only once a day, share what they have with their neighbors, and sell their possessions to buy food. Some markets are starting to reopen, and a few food items arrive from Chad. But food is their most urgent need.”

TYT Newsroom

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