Sudan’s Bashir orders humanitarian aid access to South Sudan

KHARTOUM (24 Feb.), Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has ordered the relevant authorities to assist the delivery of humanitarian aid to South Sudan through the country, an official said Thursday.

On Monday, South Sudan government declared famine in parts of the war-torn country, saying nearly 100,000 people faced starvation, while 4.9 million need urgent aid assistance.

“President Omar al-Bashir has ordered Sudanese authorities to offer all necessary facilities to ensure that humanitarian aid reaches South Sudan through Sudanese territories,” Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said in a statement.

The government official pointed out that President Bashir has ordered assistance to all international NGOs, agencies of the United Nations and other countries trying to deliver aid assistance to neighbouring South Sudan.

Photo: People in conflict-affected areas of South Sudan collect food from WFP. (WFP/Peter Testuzza)

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