A joint Government of Sudan, United Nations and Troika delegation visits Kauda, South Kordofan, for the first time since fighting broke out in the state in 2011.
UNICEF and partners plan to scale up humanitarian assistance in newly-accessible areas of South Kordofan, including Kauda.
In 2020, 9.3 million people will need humanitarian assistance in Sudan, of whom 6.1 million will be assisted by the UN and partners.
Aid organizations assist the estimated 48,900 people (about 9,820 families) who have been displaced to El Geneina town, West Darfur State, due to inter-communal fighting.
A joint Government of Sudan, Troika and United Nations delegation visits Kauda, South Kordofan State, for the first time in nearly a decade In the first joint Government of Sudan – United Nations visit since fighting broke out in the state in 2011, the Prime Minister of Sudan, Dr. Abdalla Hamdok, the Minister of Labour and Social Development, the Minister of Health, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator (RC/HC) in Sudan, Gwi-Yeop Son and representatives of UN agencies, and diplomatic missions in Sudan on 9 January visited Kauda in the Nuba Mountains area of South Kordofan State. The delegation was received by Abdelaziz al-Hilu, leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N).
The visit comes following the Sudanese government’s commitment to allow unfettered humanitarian access to all areas of the country. In the spirit of corporation with the new Government of Sudan, Abdelaziz al-Hilu informed the delegation that the SPLM-N Al Hilu faction is open to the delivery of humanitarian assistance to all areas under their control in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states. The United Nations and partners stand ready to deliver assistance to people in need in all areas of South Kordofan and Blue Nile states. This is not the first time the UN visited Kauda. Last October, the WFP Executive Director, David Beasley, visited the area in the first UN visit in nearly a decade.
While in Kauda, the delegation visited schools where humanitarian organizations are implementing school feeding programme – a top priority identified following an assessment in the end of December 2019. School supplies for 800 children were also delivered as well as non-food items.