Egypt providing extensive humanitarian aid to people fleeing Sudan conflict: Minister

Ahram Online , Monday 4 Sep 2023

The Egyptian Red Crescent provided extensive humanitarian services to people fleeing the conflict in Sudan via the border with Egypt since the eruption of the conflict in that country in mid-April, according to Minister of Social Solidarity Nevine El-Qabbaj.

Minister Qabbaj at the border crossing
Minister of Social Solidarity Nevine Qabbaj at the Egyptian-Sudanese border crossing volunteers of Egyptian Red Crescent. Photo: Ministry of Social Solidarity.


El-Qabbaj made the announcement during a field visit to humanitarian relief points at the Qustul border crossing and the karkar bus station in Aswan governorate.

More than 250,000 Sudanese have crossed to Egypt through the Qustul and Argeen border crossings since the start of the armed conflict in Sudan, according to figures released by the Egyptian authorities.

The ERC distributed a total of 1.25 million bottles of water, food packets, and personal hygiene items to fleeing individuals, added El-Qabbaj.

It also provided fleeing individuals with 8,900 free phone calls to contact loved ones, and 1,600 train tickets for some to continue their journeys.

The ERC delivered over 44,000 primary medical services, including emergency medical services and women's and children's health services.

The organization also provided psychological support services to 8,700 individuals, according to El-Qabbaj.

In May, the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocated $5 million to support UN efforts in Egypt to help people fleeing the conflict in Sudan into the country.

Meanwhile, the UNHCR allocated over EGP 53 million to support the ERC's efforts in helping those fleeing the conflict into Egypt.

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