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UN announces humanitarian response, refugee support plans for Sudan

GENEVA, Feb 7 (KUNA) -- The United Nations announced on Wednesday launching the humanitarian response plan and refugee support plan, which provides USD 2.7 billion to aid more than 17.4 million people in Sudan.
This came at a press conference by High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi and the UN Undersecretary for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths, in which they called on donor countries to provide the necessary support for the African nation.
Griffiths said Sudan's armed conflict had killed more than 13,000 people and left 27.5 million people in need of support and 19 million children out of school as a result of 90 schools being converted into refugee centers.
He also warned of food, health and education crises leaving nearly 18 million people face acute hunger there, pointing out that only 38 percent of the requested amount was has been reached.
On his part, Grandi expressed concern over the spread of violence, especially against women and children, saying that 1.5 million people were forced to flee abroad.
The plan aims to support 2.7 million refugees by providing shelters in neighboring countries, as well as healthcare and education.
He also expressed concern about the Sudanese people's lack of trust in the government, warning against growing calls for military intervention. (end) kmi.dss