The European Commission is raising its support for humanitarian programmes in the conflict-affected areas of Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan. The funding - €17 million - will support the activities of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Sudan.
The EU contribution comes as many families across Sudan struggle for survival in the face of unresolved armed conflict, hunger and malnourishment. The majority of those in need come from Darfur, where WFP will provide life-saving food assistance to some 2.9 million conflict-affected people. EU funds will also provide nutritious supplementary food to more than 180 000 malnourished children, as well as pregnant and nursing mothers.
Humanitarian needs in Darfur continue to remain alarmingly high as the prolonged conflict enters its 10th year. The European Commission's humanitarian aid budget for Sudan and South Sudan was €157 million in 2012 (approximately €47 million for Sudan and €110 million for South Sudan). In 2013, the Commission has allocated an initial €80 million.