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Sudan: Humanitarian Aid

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL17609, tabled on 3 September 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Transitional Military Council, or relevant governing body, in Sudan about permitting access by humanitarian aid organisations to South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

Answered on

9 September 2019

This answer is a correction from the original answer.

Our Embassy in Khartoum closely monitors the concerning humanitarian situation across Sudan, and specifically in the conflict-affected States. An estimated 8.5m in Sudan are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, with 6.3m categorised as crisis level food insecure. Specifically, 778,000 people in South Kordofan and 162,000 in Blue Nile are categorised as being crisis level food insecure. On 25 August, our Ambassador in Khartoum directly discussed the food security and humanitarian situation with Prime Minister Hamdok and with Mohamed Hasan Al-Ta'yushi, a civilian member of the Sovereign Council, which has succeeded the Transitional Military Council. He also raised the issue of ensuring full humanitarian access to all parts of Sudan with both the Prime Minister and Al-Ta'yushi. The UK is one of the largest humanitarian donors in Sudan delivering life-saving aid to those affected by conflict and natural disasters. We will work with the new Government of Sudan, when appointed, and international partners to address the humanitarian needs of those affected by years of conflict, political marginalisation and economic neglect across Sudan, especially in the conflict-affected States including South Kordofan and Blue Nile States. I also reiterated UK support to the new Prime Minister in the margins of UNGA High Level Week.

Original answer

It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before Prorogation. Ministers will correspond directly with the Member.