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Sudan Update- WFP - UNICEF - WHO

UN humanitarians complete first food distribution in Khartoum as hunger, threats to children intensify

For the first time since fighting broke out in Sudan on 15 April, humanitarians have been able to reach desperate families trapped in the conflict’s epicentre, Khartoum, with food assistance, the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.

WFP’s Country Director in Sudan, Eddie Rowe, told reporters in Geneva that in a major breakthrough, the agency distributed food assistance to 15,000 people in both Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) controlled areas of Omdurman, part of the Khartoum metropolitan area, since last Saturday.

Speaking from Port Sudan, Mr. Rowe highlighted other recent food distributions, in Wadi Halfa in Northern State to reach 8,000 people fleeing Khartoum and on their way to Egypt, as well as to 4,000 newly displaced people in Port Sudan. In total, WFP has been able to reach 725,000 people across 13 states in the country since it resumed its operations on 3 May, following a pause brought on by the killing of three aid workers at the start of the conflict.

Mr. Rowe said that WFP was rapidly scaling up its support, which they expected to expand depending on progress in negotiations for humanitarian access for all regions, including the Darfurs and Kordofans, strongly impacted by violence and displacement.

 

In addition to the 16 million Sudanese who were already finding it “very difficult to afford a meal a day” before the fighting started, Mr. Rowe warned that the conflict compounded by the upcoming hunger season could increase the food insecure population by about 2.5 million people in the coming months.

 

With the lean season was fast approaching, WFP’s plan was to reach 5.9 million people across Sudan over the next six months, he said.

 

Mr. Rowe stressed that WFP needed a total of $730 million to provide required assistance as well as telecommunications and logistics services to the humanitarian community, including all of the UN agencies operating in Sudan.

 

He also reiterated the humanitarian community’s call on all parties to the conflict to enable the safe delivery of urgently needed food aid, and deplored that so far, WFP had lost about 17 000 metric tons of food to widespread looting across the country, and particularly in the Darfurs.

 

Just two days ago, he said, the agency’s main hub in El Obeid, North Kordofan came under threat and looting of assets and vehicles was already confirmed.

 

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported that “more children in Sudan today require lifesaving support than ever before”, with 13.6 million children in need of urgent assistance. “That’s more than the entire population of Sweden, of Portugal, of Rwanda,” UNICEF spokesperson James Elder told reporters in Geneva.

 

According to reports received by UNICEF, hundreds of girls and boys have been killed in the fighting. “While we are unable to confirm these due to the intensity of the violence, we also have reports that thousands of children have been maimed,” Mr. Elder said.

 

He also pointed out that reports of children killed or injured are only those who had contact with a medical facility, meaning that the reality is “no doubt much worse” and compounded by a lack of access to life-saving services including nutrition, safe water, and healthcare.

 

Mr. Elder alerted that “all these factors combined risk becoming a death sentence, especially for the most vulnerable”.

UNICEF called for funding to the tune of $838 million to address the crisis, an increase of $253 million since the current conflict began in April, to reach 10 million children. Mr. Elder stressed that only 5 per cent of the required amount had been received so far, and that without the therapeutic food and vaccines which this money would allow to secure, children would be dying.

The dire situation of healthcare in the country has been aggravated by continuing attacks on medical facilities. From the start of the conflict on 15 till 25 May, the World Health Organization (WHO) verified 45 attacks on healthcare, which led to eight deaths and 18 injuries, the agency’s spokesperson Tarik Jašarević said.

He also cited reports of military occupation of hospitals and medical supplies warehouses, which made it impossible for people in need to access chronic disease medicines or malaria treatment. Mr. Jašarević recalled that attacks on healthcare are a violation of international humanitarian law and must stop.

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STORY: Sudan Update – WFP – UNICEF  - WHO

TRT: 3’09”

SOURCE: UNTV CH
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH, NATS
ASPECT RATIO: 16:9
RELEASE DATE: 30 May 2023
FORMAT: HYBRID PRESS BRIEFING
DATELINE: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

SHOTLIST

 

  1. Exterior wide shot: UN flag alley UN Geneva.
  2. Cutaway: wide shot, speakers behind podium at the press conference, UN Geneva.
  3. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Eddie Rowe, World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director in Sudan: “Our first distribution of food assistance to Khartoum started on Saturday, 27 May, where we were able to provide food assistance to 15,000 Sudanese, both in the Sudan Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces controlled areas in Omdurman, which is part of the Khartoum metropolitan area.”
  4. Cutaway: close lateral shot of speakers behind podium at the press conference, UN Geneva.
  5. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Eddie Rowe, World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director in Sudan: “Quite apart from the assessed 16 million people who would find it very difficult to afford a meal a day, this conflict compounded by the hunger season would increase the food insecure population by about 2.5 million people, who definitely would slip into the hunger category in the coming months.”
  6. Cutaway: close shot, journalist writing at the press conference, UN Geneva.
  7. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Eddie Rowe, World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director in Sudan: “Unfortunately, so far we've lost about 17,000 metric tonnes of food across the country, but particularly in the Darfurs. Just two days ago, our main hub in El-Obeid is under threat, even though the food has not yet been looted. But we know that our office pre-fabs, our assets and some of our vehicles have already been looted.”
  8. Cutaway: medium lateral shot, journalists at the press conference, speakers at the podium, UN Geneva.
  9. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) James Elder, spokesperson, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF): “More children today in Sudan require lifesaving support than ever before. So we now have a staggering, sobering 13.6 million children in Sudan who urgently require assistance. That's more than the entire population of Sweden, of Portugal, of Rwanda.”
  10. Cutaway: close lateral shot, journalists at the press conference, UN Geneva.
  11. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) James Elder, spokesperson, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF): “Hundreds of girls and boys have now been killed. And while we're unable to confirm these due to the intensity of the violence, we also have reports that thousands of children have been maimed.”
  12. Cutaway: close shot, speakers on the screen at the press conference, UN Geneva.
  13. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Tarik Jašarević, spokesperson, World Health Organization (WHO): “There are also reports of military occupation of hospitals, but also of medical supplies, of warehouses where medicines are stored for all of the country such as malaria medicines, where we have pharmacies with chronic disease medicines. And this is obviously impacting the possibility for people to reach those treatments that they need.”
  14. Various cutaways of journalists and speakers in the press conference room.

 

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