UN receives Ksh210B in donations for humanitarian aid in Sudan

Tuesday, June 20th, 2023 13:11 | By
President William Ruto with UNHCR commissioner Filippo Grandi
President William Ruto with UNHCR commissioner Filippo Grandi. PHOTO/State House Kenya

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi has revealed that the agency has raised USD 1.5 billion (Ksh210 billion) in donations for humanitarian aid in Sudan.

He explained that the organisation is seeking $3 billion (Ksh420 billion).

In a briefing to President William Ruto who is also the chair of the Quartet Group of Countries on the IGAD roadmap to peace in Sudan, Grandi said that the situation has escalated and the number of refugees fleeing the war is expected to hit the two million mark.

The quartet brings together Kenya, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Djibouti.

"The huge number of refugees at the borders of Egypt and Chad has led to a lot of suffering. The saddest part is that the humanitarian staff are not respected and the UNHCR office in Khartoum has been destroyed,” he said.

On his side, Ruto pleaded with warring parties in Sudan to allow humanitarian aid in the country to alleviate suffering.

Ruto said that humanitarian agencies should be allowed to work in the country without any impediment.

As chair of the IGAD Quartet Group of Countries, President Ruto said they were working to end to the crisis.

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