Sudan Authorities: We're not Hampering Aid to Darfur

A WFP Humanitarian Air Service helicopter on the way to Darfur. The Sudanese government has denied allegations that it is banning flights to south Darfur to prevent aid delivery. Photo by: Emilia Casella / WFP

The Sudanese government has denied allegations by European Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva that it is banning flights to south Darfur to prevent the delivery of aid.

Sudanese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Muawia Osman Khalid said the government did not impose a no-fly zone in Darfur, but only instituted temporary safety measures to protect aid workers, Sudan Vision reports.

The statement was issued on the heels of Georgieva’s four-day visit to Sudan. She called on Sudanese authorities to allow the most vulnerable areas to gain access to humanitarian aid as well as tackle the worsening insecurity in Darfur.

Georgieva also entered into a partnership with the World Bank on a food assistance program worth 46 million euros (USD56.6 million). The initiative will cater to internally displaced people and address the risk of hunger in the most vulnerable areas in Sudan.

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