Sudan to open humanitarian corridor to deliver aid to South Sudan

by Middleast Monitor

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Women and children line up for water at a refugee camp in South Sudan on 31 October 2012 [Oxfam International/Flickr]

KHARTOUM – The Sudanese government has agreed to open humanitarian corridors to deliver food aid to South Sudan, the South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation deputy commissioner said yesterday.

“I have received a notification from the Humanitarian Affairs Commission in Sudan stating that it has agreed to open a humanitarian corridor for the delivery of food assistance through the World Food Programme to the affected citizens in the country through the port of Aweil city,” the official told the Anadolu Agency.

He pointed out that Khartoum’s approval will facilitate the transfer of about 1,000 tonnes of food aid to areas affected by lack of food, especially those adjacent to the Sudan border, noting that opening the humanitarian corridor “will reduce transport costs, and will contribute to the rapid delivery of this emergency aid”. He did not specify the date when the borders will be opened.

Sudan closed its borders with South Sudan in 2011 accusing Juba of supporting and harbouring rebel groups fighting against it.

Since the outbreak of the civil war in South Sudan in December 2013, aid has been channelled through Kenya and Uganda.

Juba sent a high-level delegation to Khartoum last week to discuss oil export issues and the opening of border crossings to joint trade.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit is expected to visit the Sudanese capital of Khartoum in the coming days for discussions.

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  1. Subject: “Sudan to open humanitarian corridor to deliver aid to South Sudan” by Middleast Monitor
    Oct 5, 2017

    Commentary, 5 Oct 2017

    Sudan is to open its corridors and “South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit is expected to visit the Sudanese capital of Khartoum in the coming days for discussions”

    Why not? After all, it was never about PEOPLE in the first place. Self-serving politicians, with extreme desire and appetite for power and money had no interest in the establishment of democracy, liberty, equality, freedom of expression, rule of laws, justice etc etc etc . THEY ARE ONLY INTERESTED to THEMSELVES, for THEMSELVES, by THEMSELVES. The PEOPLE are only their enablers to put it diplomatically against the harsh (but true) expression: SLAVERY.

    African People are collective SLAVES for the so-called indigenous LIBERATORS. In Africa , at this moment, there are NOT less than FIFTY-ONE indigenous SLAVE OWNERS — with modern civilized titles of President or Prime Minister. THE END

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