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UN: Fewer people displaced in Sudan in 2018

October 8 - 2018 KHARTOUM
UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Gwi-Yeop Son (File photo: OCHA)
UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Gwi-Yeop Son (File photo: OCHA)

The United Nations has acknowledged a 92 per cent reduction in the number of displaced people in Sudan in 2018, citing ‘the calm in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile'.

On Sunday, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Gwi-Yeop Son said at a joint UN-government multi-year workshop for humanitarian response assessment plan for 2018: “The year 2018 has seen only about 25,000 people displaced, meaning that the number of displaced has decreased by 92 per cent”.

She explained that the number of returnees to their villages has increased reaching more than 300.000 this year.

Humanitarian aid

Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Ahmed Mohamed Adam said that Sudan has exceeded many of the previous stages in humanitarian work and has moved towards greater security and stability.

Serious work is required to move from emergency assistance to construction and reconstruction, he said.

As previously reported by Radio Dabanga, last week, the Sudanese Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) announced it approved a UN initiative to deliver humanitarian aid to people living in areas controlled by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) in the Two Areas (South Kordofan and Blue Nile states).

The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan has welcomed the decision by the Sudanese government to approve a UN’s initiative to provide assistance to the most vulnerable people in rebel-controlled areas in South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

“I welcome and commend this decision by the government of Sudan to provide access to the most vulnerable people in need,” UN Humanitarian Coordinator Gwi-Yeop Son said in a press statement on Tuesday.

President meets West Darfur Governor

The official Sudan News Agency (SUNA) reports today that President Omer Al-Bashir, received the Wali of West Darfur, Hussein Yassin Hamad, at the Republican Palace Monday and reviewed progress of the voluntary repatriation operations in the state.

President Al-Bashir affirmed the Presidency support to the development projects in West Darfur.

In a press statement, the Wali said that West Darfur is witnessing remarkable security and stability, a matter which was reflected positively on the voluntary repatriation project and expansion of the cultivated area.

Hamad indicated that he briefed the President on the implementation of development and services projects in the state.

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