Egypt, UNHCR discuss mobilizing aid for displaced Sudanese

Ahram Online , Friday 26 May 2023

Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi discussed the need for the UN body to mobilize humanitarian and medical aid for countries hosting displaced Sudanese fleeing violence in their country.

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Shoukry also highlighted Egypt’s commitment since the beginning of the crisis to open its borders to those fleeing the conflict in line with its international and regional obligations.

So far, Egypt has received 121,000 Sudanese, most of them are women, children and the elderly, according to Egypt's top diplomat.

The discussion came during a meeting in Geneva on Thursday that also touched on ways the UNHCR can help Egypt bear the enormous burden of hosting a huge number of migrants and refugees, especially from Sudan.

Shoukry told Grandi that Egypt is already hosting nine million migrants and refugees from various countries.

Egypt is committed to respecting their human rights and dignity, and not discriminating against them, providing them with equal services, including access to health and education, Shoukry explained to the UN official.

Following the meeting, Grandi tweeted "Grateful to Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry for visiting us in Geneva. I look forward to travelling tomorrow to Cairo, where we will discuss how best to support Egypt — the country currently receiving the largest number of refugees from Sudan."

On Monday, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) announced allocating $5 million to support the UN efforts in Egypt to help people fleeing conflict in Sudan.

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