Over 1,900 metric tonnes of foods were stolen in Sudan

In Darfur, western Sudan, about 2000 tonnes of food supplies were taken. An armed gang attacked in the east of Al-Facher, the capital of North Darfur, on Tuesday evening.

A Warehouse WFP (World Food Programme) located in the Borsa area of El Fasher town, the capital of North Darfur State, came under attack from an unknown army group last Tuesday.

More than 1,900 metric tonnes of food were stolen, and that food was enough to sustain 730,000 poor individuals for a whole month.

Sudan’s North Darfur state authorities announced a night curfew in Sudan’s North Darfur state following the attack.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a statement urging Sudan’s government to restore order.

He emphasised that, by the Framework Agreement reached in March, the authorities must ensure that former UNAMID (United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur) property and assets are strictly utilised for civilians.

The UN chief encouraged Sudanese authorities to make remaining UN activities in the region easier to work in a safe environment and move through.

He ended by praising the UN civilian and uniformed forces who continue to work on the ground in “difficult” conditions.

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Khardiata Lo N’diaye, Sudan’s Humanitarian Coordinator, also criticised the looting.

“This was food aid for Sudan’s most vulnerable citizens.” She emphasised that “humane assistance should never be a target.”

Recently, one in three citizens of Sudan’s needed humane assistance, which equals 14.3 million individuals.

According to the Humanitarian Response Plan for 2022, 25 per cent of people require assistance with food security and livelihood.

According to the coordinator, an attack like this substantially impedes supply to those who need it the most.

WFP(World Food Programme) currently faces funding shortfalls, with an estimated $358 million.

Thousands of people flocked to the streets earlier this month to celebrate the third anniversary of the rebellion that led to the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir, who had governed for three decades.

According to the State authorities, “the security situation had been restored” on 29 December.

Sudan coordinator, Ms N’diaye, thanked the local people of Sudan’s for preventing the situation from worsening but called the government to step up some efforts to protect the humane premises and assets.