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The United States has declared a humanitarian aid package exceeding $47 million for emergency response efforts in Sudan, alongside its neighboring countries, Chad and South Sudan.

In a meeting between the U.S. and Chadian officials, Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees, and Migration, Julieta Valls Noyes, engaged with Chadian Prime Minister Succès Masra, as reported by the State Department on Wednesday.

Sudan currently faces what the United Nations describes as the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, with over 8 million individuals displaced since the conflict erupted last April, and nearly 25 million requiring urgent aid. Among these are more than one million Sudanese refugees seeking refuge in neighboring nations such as Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic (CAR).

The State Department emphasized that this humanitarian assistance from the United States, made possible by the American people’s generosity, encompasses vital life-saving support, including provisions for food, water, sanitation facilities, shelter, medical services (inclusive of mental health support), and protection for Sudanese fleeing the ongoing conflict.

According to a statement released by the State Department, this recent allocation brings the total U.S. humanitarian aid contribution for individuals in Sudan and its surrounding regions to over $968 million since the fiscal year 2023.

Furthermore, the United States reiterated its commitment to collaborating with both international and local partners to deliver essential assistance to the millions of people adversely affected by the devastating conflict in Sudan. As the primary humanitarian donor for Sudan’s emergency response, the U.S. called upon the international community to join efforts in alleviating the suffering of over one million refugees compelled to flee due to violence.

The State Department emphasized the necessity for all parties involved in Sudan’s conflict to facilitate unimpeded humanitarian access, encompassing both cross-line and cross-border operations. It advocated for direct negotiations, a ceasefire agreement, and an immediate cessation of hostilities. The statement underscored that preventing a famine and averting long-term catastrophic consequences necessitates both a ceasefire and unrestricted humanitarian access.

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