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Darfur: emergency help from Italy in response to humanitarian crisis

ROME, DECEMBER 14 –  It was a conflict well known when actor George Clooney was spearheading the international efforts as UN Ambassador. Now the Darfur it has faded faded from the headlines, while it continues producing many refugees, internally-displaced persons, unused farmland, and political unrest.  Italy is taking notice. Italy is taking notice. Emergency help  in response to humanitarian crisis afflicting Sudan, especially in that region where serious health problems and malnutrition affect displaced populations, has been approved in form of emergency contributions to international organizations such as IOM and the International Red Cross. The Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Mario Giro authorized two pledges for a total amount of 600,000 Euros.

The Italian financing will support the IFRC’s program  “Emergency assistance to displaced populations in Central and Eastern Darfur, Sudan “, in favor of some 15,000 people (3,000 families). Items of first necessity, emergency shelter and assistance in transporting goods from Port Sudan to Khartoum and later to the areas of the intervention are included in the program which will also contribute to improve the stocking facilities of the local Red Crescent organization.

The contribution to IOM aims at supporting the Sudanese government in the management of the migration crisis: better border controls, enforcing the fight against irregular migration and illegal trafficking of human beings are among the goals of the project. The initiative provides for training activities and
equipment of border personnel at the Port Sudan airport as well as the organization of a visit to the IOM center in Tanzania and at a border crossing post between Kenya and Tanzania. (@OnuItalia)

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