U.S. Statement at the Joint Launch of the 2024
Sudan Humanitarian Needs and Response Plan
and the Regional Refugee Response Plan
As Delivered by Courtney Blake, Senior Humanitarian Advisor
We come together today at a critical moment for the people of Sudan.
Nearly ten months of conflict has pushed Sudan to the brink of humanitarian catastrophe. Close to 25 million people in Sudan–half the population–require humanitarian assistance. Globally, nearly 1 in every 8 internally displaced persons and 1 in 5 people experiencing extreme food shortages reside in Sudan.
And this crisis isn’t confined to Sudan’s borders. More than 1.7 million people have fled into neighboring countries—including South Sudan, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, and the Central African Republic—many of which are struggling with high levels of displacement and humanitarian challenges of their own.
In the interest of time, I will not repeat the statistics. In the face of staggering need, Sudan continues to present some of the toughest humanitarian access conditions in the world. Ongoing insecurity and bureaucratic obstruction by both parties prevents aid from reaching those in need.
The appeals released today reflect the severity of the crisis, and the urgent need for collective action. We cannot turn our backs on the people of Sudan.
Since the start of the conflict, the United States has prioritized the protection of civilians and delivery of lifesaving humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable, both inside Sudan and in neighboring countries.
Last year, the United States provided half of all funding to the Humanitarian Response Plan and Regional Refugee Response Plan.
And we will continue supporting the people of Sudan. But we cannot do it alone. I urge our partner governments to look at the severity of the situation outlined in these plans and ensure they are robustly funded.
In addition to humanitarian funding, we must all be united in our message to the parties to this conflict, and to those who support them: this must end.
The warring parties must come to the negotiating table and agree to an immediate ceasefire. They must also fulfill their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect humanitarian workers and guarantee safe access to deliver aid to those in need.