For many of us, the New Year may mean resolutions vaguely made and probably never kept. They usually concern less than fundamental things. But for the people of Darfur, caught up in a now largely forgotten conflict, 2015 has so far meant trauma and hardship. Over 20,000 people have been displaced just since the 1st of January.
That’s why I’m here in Darfur this week, to re-focus the spotlight on this terrible humanitarian crisis. In addition to those who have been forced from their homes so far this year, 430,000 people were displaced in 2014, and 4.4m Darfuris need humanitarian assistance. This conflict is one of Africa’s longest-running – but it would be easy to think it had ended long ago as other crises have taken centre stage.
The situation here is devastating – but there is so much we can do. The UK is committed to the people of Darfur, and the people of Sudan as a whole. So I announced this week that the UK will contribute a further £7 million to the UN’s Common Humanitarian Fund appeal for Sudan.
This funding will provide life-saving food, health services, water and sanitation, and support for families forced from their homes. It will also ensure that children displaced by conflict continue to receive an education.
Yesterday I visited some truly inspiring projects the Department for International Development is funding here in Darfur, through partners such as the World Food Programme (WFP), International Medical Corps (IMC),HelpAge and Concern Worldwide. I was hugely impressed by the bravery and commitment of the people working to deliver projects here in an incredibly tough environment, where humanitarian access remains difficult.
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