Sudan, UN sign deal to support communities hosting South Sudanese refugees

Sudan and the United Nations on Sunday signed an agreement worth $21 million to support the South Sudanese refugees and their host communities in Sudan’s border State of White Nile.

The agreement, signed by Sudan’s Refugee Affairs Commission and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), is scheduled to be implemented in three stages. The two sides launched the first stage of the project to support the refugees and their host communities at an amount of $2.2 million, to provide agricultural machinery, equipment and harvesters.

Sudan’s Refugee Commissioner Hamad Al-Gizouli said the most important of these stages is the rehabilitation of the White Nile Agricultural Services Project through cleaning the irrigation canals, transmission of electric power and re-cultivation of lands. He explained that the White Nile State is currently hosting more than 150,000 refugees in special refugee camps and more than 88,000 refugees in the towns of the border state with South Sudan.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

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