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UK donates $10m to fund humanitarian work in Sudan

Britain has donated an additional $10 million to support the Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has revealed.

This is the second such donation from the UK, after it pledged $10.9 million in December 2014, OCHA explained.

The statement quoted the Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan Marta Ruedas as saying: “The CHF is a strategic funding tool that helps national and international non-governmental organisations respond to the most critical needs of the most vulnerable people in Sudan.”

“In light of the significant funding gaps this year, the United Kingdom’s second allocation is a testament to their commitment to the people of the Sudan and the humanitarian community alike,” she added.

The Head of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in Sudan, Joanna Reid said in a statement: “This additional UK contribution will enable humanitarian agencies to continue to deliver life-saving humanitarian assistance, meeting the needs of the most vulnerable people.”

OCHA needs $1 billion to cover its operational costs this year, so far it has only received donations for 39 per cent of this.

Some 5.4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance across Sudan.

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