Japan provides $1.1 mln aid to communities affected by Sudan crisis in Egypt

Ahram Online , Wednesday 12 Jun 2024

​Japan has provided the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with $1.1 million to support host communities and migrants affected by the Sudan crisis in Egypt, including Sudanese new arrivals and third-country nationals (TCNs).

People cross into Egypt through the Arqeen land port with Sudan on April 27, 2023. AFP

The move aims to provide humanitarian assistance, including protection, medical care, and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) to the targeted populations, according to a statement released by the IOM.

It also aims to create complementarity with the Joint Platform for Migrants and Refugees, established in 2021, to bring together the Egyptian government, the United Nations agencies, development partners, donors including Japan, civil society, and other stakeholders.  

“This funding will directly address the humanitarian needs of Sudanese arrivals, TCNs, and host community members, providing essential protection, medical assistance, and MHPSS. IOM greatly appreciates the continued support of the Government of Japan to address the growing humanitarian needs,” said IOM Egypt’s Chief of Mission Carlos Oliver Cruz.   

“The crisis in Sudan has caused a lot of pain and hardship for Sudanese people for more than a year. Japan remains supportive of those who are affected and values the support of the Egyptian government and people to welcome and assist Sudanese to relieve their distress,” said Ambassador of Japan to Egypt Oka Hiroshi.

More than 514,827 people, including Sudanese, Egyptian returnees, and TCNs, have fled the conflict in Sudan to Egypt, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

This makes Egypt one of the largest recipient countries of people fleeing Sudan.

Since the outbreak of the Sudanese conflict, IOM Egypt has supported more than 53,000 individuals by distributing relief items and direct assistance, according to the statement.

However, the needs remain high as more than 123,000 Sudanese who were affected by the crisis have registered for direct protection and medical assistance, noted the IOM.

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