Sudan crisis: IOM seeks $209m for urgent response as NEMA returns 13 Nigerian students
International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has launched a response plan, appealing for $209 million to provide vital humanitarian assistance to people affected by the outbreak of violence in Sudan.
This came as National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) facilitated the return of 13 Nigerian students that fled the crisis by boat and sought refuge in Saudi Arabia. The students were scheduled to depart Jeddah yesterday, onboard Qatar Airways, and arrive Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja today.
The deteriorating situation is having dramatic implications on neighbouring countries, many of which are grappling with their own protracted crises.
Out of $209 million, IOM is urgently calling for $105 million needed for the response in Sudan and $104 million for response across Egypt, Libya, Chad, Central African Republic, South Sudan and Ethiopia.
This appeal also covers the $37 million IOM needs to immediately assist third-country nationals stranded in Sudan and in neighbouring countries.
“The current humanitarian situation in Sudan is by far the worst the country has ever seen,” said IOM Director General António Vitorino.
“Millions are in pressing need of basic assistance such as water, food and shelter. If we do not act now, the people of Sudan will face an inevitable humanitarian catastrophe. We appeal to the international community to urgently support relief efforts and mobilise financial resources to meet the mounting needs.”
The conflict is having devastating consequences for millions of civilians. Around 25.7 million people are now estimated to be in need of humanitarian assistance inside Sudan and across its borders. Over 843,130 people are internally displaced inside the country, according to IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix, with 1.8 million more expected to be internally displaced should the fighting continue.
Prior to the conflict, there were already 3.8 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and 1.1 million refugees in Sudan.
Nearly 259,000 people have already fled Sudan into neighbouring countries, arriving in extremely vulnerable situations into often remote and underserved areas. If fighting continues, it is estimated that over a million refugees and migrants affected by the crisis in Sudan may cross to neighbouring countries.
Millions remain inside the country with soaring food and transportation prices, lack of cash and access to health care, supplies and critical services. The deteriorating situation has been marked by increasing civilian deaths, destruction of health, water and communication facilities, shortage of supplies and poor conditions at overwhelmed border points, as people flee the fighting.
IOM is working with partners on an interagency and coordinated response plan and appeal, to enable the scale-up needed to respond to the rising needs of Sudanese and third-country nationals and returnees. IOM’s Crisis Response Plans for Sudan, Chad, Ethiopia, and the Central African Republic remain severely underfunded.
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