UN seeks from donors more aid for Sudan

Marta Ruedas,UN resident and humanitarian coordinator for Sudan, speaks at a press conference in Khartoum, Sudan. (AFP)
Updated 22 August 2017
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UN seeks from donors more aid for Sudan

KHARTOUM: A UN official has called on donors to provide more assistance to Sudan after the world body received only a fraction of the $804 million it needs for humanitarian aid.
Marta Ruedas, the UN resident humanitarian coordinator, told a news conference in Khartoum that only 23 percent of the humanitarian aid for Sudan in 2017 had been raised.
The UN and its aid agencies had so far managed to raise only about $182 million, she said.
"We look forward to the continued generosity of donors to ensure that critical needs can be addressed in a timely manner," Ruedas said at the news conference to mark World Humanitarian Day.
Since the start of the year, some 2.5 million people have received humanitarian aid in Sudan, she said.
While the nature of assistance cannot be changed on the back of falling donor contributions, some adjustments will have to be made in the targeted number of people needing assistance, Ruedas said.
"It is difficult to prioritise given the limited resources," she added.
Hundreds of thousands of Sudanese still live in camps since being displaced from their homes after a brutal conflict erupted in the western region of Darfur in 2003.
Hundreds of thousands have been killed in the conflict when ethnic minority rebels took up arms against President Omar Bashir's Arab-dominated government in Khartoum, accusing it of economically and politically marginalising the region.
Global donors have been providing funds to meet humanitarian needs of Sudan, with about $11 billion contributed since 2003, including $570 million in 2016.
Although the violence in Darfur has been reduced and new displacements fallen significantly, the overall situation remains complicated with hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese refugees crossing into Sudan following a deadly civil war and famine in their country.
Some 416,000 South Sudanese have taken refuge in Sudan since December 2013 when a civil war erupted in South Sudan, less than three years after it separated from the north in 2011.


Nationalist ‘leprosy’ spreading in Europe: Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron is pictured after giving a speech on June 21, 2018, during his visit at the French western France of Quimper. (AFP)
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Nationalist ‘leprosy’ spreading in Europe: Macron

  • Macron condemned “resurgent nationalism and closed borders, which some are pushing for” while repeating that Europe “cannot welcome everyone”
  • Italy’s new far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who refused to allow the Aquarius to dock, hit back at the French president

PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday likened rising nationalism and anti-migrant sentiment in Europe to “leprosy.”
On a visit to Brittany three days before a meeting of European leaders to try to resolve the continent’s migrant crisis, Macron urged the French not to give into anti-EU sentiment.
“I’m saying to you in the gravest terms: Many hate it (Europe) but they have hated it for a long time, and now you see them (nationalists) rise, like leprosy, all around Europe, in countries where we thought that they would never reappear.”
These included “friends and neighbors” who “say the worst things and we become used to it,” he added.
Macron did not say to whom he was referring but France and Italy traded barbs in the past 10 days over Rome’s refusal to take in a boatload of migrants rescued in the Mediterranean.
The 629 passengers onboard the Aquarius were also rejected by Malta before being taken in by Spain in a case which shone attention on mounting anti-migrant sentiment in Europe.
Italy’s new far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who refused to allow the Aquarius to dock, hit back at the French president.
“If Macron were to stop insulting and concretely practice the generosity that fills his mouth by welcoming the thousands of immigrants that Italy has in recent years, it would be better for everyone,” Salvini said in the town of Terni, according to the Italian press agency AGI, when questioned about friction with France.
“We may be leper populists,” he said, “but I take the lessons from those who open their own ports. Welcome thousands of migrants and then talk we can talk.”
An influx of more than two million refugees and migrants from the Middle East and Africa in the past three years has fueled the rise of nationalist and populist parties, including the League and Five Star Movement which share power in Italy.
Macron condemned “resurgent nationalism and closed borders, which some are pushing for” while repeating that Europe “cannot welcome everyone.”
The median position adopted by his government — stepping up deportations of so-called economic migrants while improving conditions for refugees — was “always the most difficult because no one is happy, but it is more responsible than playing on people’s fears,” he argued.
In remarks aimed at his leftist critics, he said that those who argued “we should welcome everyone” were turning a blind eye to the divisions in French society.
“I want France and its national cohesion to remain intact,” he said.