France Announces Sudan Humanitarian Conference in April


France Announces Sudan Humanitarian Conference

France is gearing up to host a crucial ministerial meeting in mid-April to address the severe humanitarian crisis stemming from the civil war in Sudan. The conflict has uprooted millions, and the looming threat of famine has heightened concerns. With the United Nations calling for $4.1 billion in aid to meet humanitarian needs and assist refugees in neighboring nations, the conference aims to mobilize support.

Approximately half of Sudan’s population, equivalent to around 25 million people, is in dire need of humanitarian assistance and protection. Over 1.5 million individuals have sought refuge in neighboring countries such as the Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, and South Sudan.

The conference, scheduled for April 15, underscores the urgency of addressing the Sudan crisis and preventing it from fading into obscurity. Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne emphasized this during a parliamentary hearing. The diplomatic initiative seeks to bring together ministers from neighboring countries, regional stakeholders, Western nations, and key UN agencies.

Despite the gravity of the situation, the main warring factions might not be included in the discussions. The focus will extend beyond the humanitarian aspect, encompassing talks on the political landscape. The 10-month conflict involves Sudan’s armed forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF). Despite diplomatic efforts, a resolution to the conflict has remained elusive.

The conference’s multifaceted approach aims to garner international support, engage regional actors, and involve vital organizations working in the region. As the humanitarian situation in Sudan continues to worsen, the April conference stands as a crucial platform to galvanize collective efforts in addressing the complex crisis.


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