Food aid for 1.4 million people in Chad to ‘cease to a halt’ soon, WFP says | Humanitarian Crisis News

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Food aid is expected to stop in January in a country that will take in hundreds of thousands of refugees from the Sudanese war.

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) says food aid will reach 1.4 million people in Chad, including newly arrived refugees fleeing violence. in the Darfur region of Sudan, in January due to lack of funds.

Financial constraints and high humanitarian needs have already forced the WFP to suspend aid to internally displaced persons and refugees from Nigeria, the Central African Republic and Cameroon since December, he said.

From January, these cuts will extend to people in need in Chad, the WFP said on Tuesday in a statement.

More than 540,000 refugees have gone from Sudan to Chad since a war broke out seven months ago between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), according to the International Organization for Migration.

Sudanese women, who fled the conflict in Murnei in the Darfur region of Sudan, wait next to their belongings to be registered with UNHCR when they cross the border between Sudan and Chad.
Sudanese women who fled the conflict in Murnei in Sudan’s West Darfur state wait next to their belongings to be registered with the UN refugee agency after entering Chad on 26 July 2023 [File: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters]

Many have fled West Darfur, where brutal violence and massacres erupted again this month in the state capital, el-Geneina, pushing thousands more people to escape.

“It is surprising, but more Darfuris have fled to Chad in the last six months than in the previous 20 years,” said Pierre Honnorat, WFP country director in Chad. “We cannot let the world stand by and let our life-saving operations stop in Chad.”

The WFP said it needs $185m to support people in Chad for the next six months. For months, UN officials have said that there is not enough international interest in the crisis and that they are not getting enough money.

“Darfur is fast spiraling into a humanitarian crisis. The world cannot let this happen. Not again,” UN aid chief Martin Griffiths said in June.

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