World / East Africa
Wednesday, 26 Apr 2017 11:58 EAT
Sudan President Omar al Bashir has formed a 35-member committee to coordinate humanitarian aid to people of South Sudan starving due to civil war and famine ravaging the new state. The committee, according to Sudan's Ambassador in Nairobi Elsadig Abdalh Alyas, is headed by former President Field Marshal Abdel Rahman Swar Edhub.
The committee draws members from different organizations within the government, private and civil society organizations responsible for helping people of the South Sudan. Almost 4,994,000 people face serious famine and the figure by the end of this month will reach five million with urgent need of food aid and medication.
The number of refugees is increasing day by day as they flee to neighbouring countries with Sudan accommodating a big potion due to the ongoing fighting at Bor and Wau cities. The humanitarian situation is also dire in Unity and Bahr Al Ghazal states, with people starving due to famine caused by prolonged drought and fighting. So far the government of Sudan has handed over food aid of 10,000 tons of millet to World Food Programme (WFP) to go towards assisting the people.
Meanwhile, the Sudan government has opened up the borders of Hegleed in Sudan from the Bentiu in South Sudan in order to ease the flow of humanitarian aid. The border along Kosti in the side of Sudan and Renk in South Sudan has also been opened for the people to cross over and access aid, according to Ambassador Alyas. The border is also being used by the WFP crossing to provide humanitarian aid to war ravaged country.
The government of Sudan is also using the newly-formed committee to call on international organizations, governments and even individuals willing to provide humanitarian aid and support to the people of South Sudan to avert more deaths caused by the tragic disaster.
Last week, members of the Troika namely Norway, United Kingdom and the United States requested the government of Sudan to deliver humanitarian aid to areas in South Sudan gravely affected by the conflict and famine.
The statement from Troika said in part “This border crossing will allow for a second access route for emergency food assistance along with the already open Kosti-Renk river corridor”. The Troika also recognizes the government of Sudan’s efforts to facilitate the flow of food assistance through Port Sudan.
South Sudan is facing the most violent crises in the world right now as a result of famine and fighting among different tribes. For the past three years the World’s youngest country has been ravaged by the ongoing conflict making the humanitarian need most urgent.