Switzerland provides further funding to support people in Sudan and neighbouring countries

Press releases, 04.10.2023

The humanitarian situation in Sudan has deteriorated significantly amid the ongoing fighting. More than 5.3 million people have fled their homes, with a million seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. As a result, Switzerland is providing a further 5 million francs to support Sudan, South Sudan and Chad.

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Since the fighting broke out on 15 April 2023, the humanitarian situation in Sudan, which was already dire, has deteriorated even further. Since then, the fighting has spread from Khartoum to other areas. The conflict has displaced more than 5.3 million people and a million have fled to neighbouring countries – mainly Chad, Egypt and South Sudan.

Growing humanitarian needs

Switzerland is providing an additional 5 million francs in response to soaring humanitarian needs in Sudan and neighbouring countries, with 500,000 going to the Norwegian Refugee Council in Sudan and 1 million to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The funding will be used to support projects run throughout Sudan by local and international NGOs and UN agencies despite the continuing conflict. Switzerland is donating 1 million each to the World Food Programme (WFP) and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for their operations in South Sudan. Switzerland is also providing 1.5 million to various UN agencies for work in Chad.

So far this year, Switzerland has contributed over 45 million  to help manage the crisis in Sudan and affected neighbouring countries. Switzerland continues to monitor the situation in the region, which will allow it to adjust its support in response to changing needs.

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