US ship loaded with USD 35mln-worth aid arrives in Sudan

KHARTOUM, May 5 (KUNA) — A US ship loaded with tens of thousands of tonnes of food worth USD 35 million arrived in Port Sudan on Thursday, said a statement by the World Food Programme (WFP).
The aid provided from the United States Agency for International Development is to meet food needs of about 200,000 refugees from South Sudan living in a number of areas in Sudan and about one million internally displaced persons in Darfur region, the statement added.
In late April, the WFP warned that there was limited finance provided for about 221,000 refugees of South Sudan, adding that the deficit this year hits 82 percent.
The US shipment was received by charge d’affaires of the US embassy in Khartoum Benjamin Moeling and other officials.
Moeling stressed commitment of Barack Obama’s Administration to working with the WFP so as to alleviate suffering of refugees.
Meanwhile, WFP Sudan chief Adnan Khan said that the shipment will meet food needs of “at least one million internally displaced people and 200,000 South Sudanese for three months.
He added that the humanitarian needs in Sudan were increasing following renewed conflicts in some areas, adding that almost 50 percent of humanitarian assistance came from USAID. (end)

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