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Over 2 billion euros raised for Sudan aid one year into war

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

The humanitarian crisis in Sudan triggered by a year of fighting is now gaining some attention from global donors who have pledged to fund aid assistance.

At a conference in Paris, donors pledged more than 2 billion euros for Sudan, French President Emmanuel Macron has said.

The EU pledged 350 million euros, while France and Germany, the co-sponsors, committed 110 million euros and 244 million euros respectively.

The United States pledged $147 million and Britain $110 million.

The first anniversary of the war was marked on Monday but delays in humanitarian support has left millions displaced.

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Aid workers have described the conflict as one that has been neglected which could drive millions into famine.

There hasn’t been any success in stopping the fighting between the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

Support for those in need has been hindered by restrictions imposed by the warring sides, and demands on donors from other global crises including in Gaza and Ukraine.

“Unfortunately the amount that we mobilised today is still probably less than was mobilised by several powers since the start of the war to help one or the other side kill each other,” Macron said at the conference.

The fighting between the rival groups followed rising tensions over the RSF’s integration into the military.

The main sticking points are plans to include the 100,000-strong RSF into the army, and who would then lead the new force.

The disagreement over the timetable for that has delayed the signing of an internationally backed agreement with political parties on a transition to democracy.

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