Thu. Jul 18th, 2024

The World Food Programme (WFP) announced the arrival of relief aid across the Chadian border for the first time in the Darfur region of western Sudan.

Some 250,000 people suffering from extreme hunger will benefit from this assistance, WFP said, while warning of a possible deterioration of the country’s hunger crisis.

The World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday it had negotiated the delivery of the first two convoys of food aid to Sudan’s Darfur region.

WFP spokeswoman in Sudan Lenny Kenzli said on Friday at a press conference in Geneva that “food distribution is now taking place in West and Central Darfur states, the first shipments since pro-military authorities prevented their entry across the border with Chad in February 2024.”

The people of Sudan cannot receive a continuous flow of aid through all available humanitarian corridors, she said, stressing that military operations and the suspension of crossings have made the task of humanitarian workers difficult.

The upcoming dry season will increase hunger in Sudan, she said, noting that the situation is difficult in the Darfur region, where cereal harvests are 78 percent lower than the average of the past five years.

Hunger in West Darfur State had reached alarming levels, and the route from Chad was essential if the humanitarian community had a chance to prevent widespread famine in Western Darfur.

A separate aid convoy arrived in North Darfur state from Port Sudan in late March, the first shipment to be transported across the battlelines in six months.

The World Food Programme (WFP) has warned of catastrophic hunger in Khartoum and West Darfur, while the United Nations has noted that 18 million people face acute hunger and warned of unprecedented levels of malnutrition during the dry season.

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