May 30, 2024

Administrator Samantha Power Arrives in Chad to Meet with Refugees Fleeing the Fighting in Sudan

In August 2021, USAID Administrator Samantha Power visited Sudan to strengthen the U.S. Government’s partnership with Sudan’s transitional leaders and the Sudanese people in building a new government and forging democratic institutions.

Administrator Samantha Power, representing the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), arrived today in the Republic of Chad to address the pressing humanitarian needs of Sudanese refugees who have fled the escalating conflict in neighboring Sudan. With Chad and other countries in the region grappling with the fallout of the crisis, Administrator Power’s visit aims to provide support, coordination, and life-saving assistance to those affected by the ongoing turmoil.

The humanitarian situation in Sudan has led to the displacement of approximately 250,000 people who have sought refuge in neighboring countries. Additionally, over 840,000 individuals remain internally displaced within Sudan, unable to leave due to fighting, fuel shortages, and fear. Recognizing the urgent need for international cooperation, Administrator Power’s visit underscores the United States’ commitment to addressing the plight of these refugees and supporting the efforts of local officials and humanitarian partners.

During her visit, Administrator Power will meet with Sudanese refugees to gain firsthand insight into their experiences and the challenges they face. She will also engage with local officials who are leading the coordination of humanitarian responses to address the urgent needs generated by the ongoing crisis. Administrator Power will hold discussions with U.S. government-supported, United Nations, and non-governmental organization partners involved in providing life-saving assistance to both refugees and host communities.

The United States Mission to the United Nations has been actively engaged in addressing the Sudanese crisis as well. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, recently met with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi to discuss the violent situation in Sudan and the urgent humanitarian and protection needs of those affected. They also deliberated on the impact of the Taliban’s ban on female UN workers and preparations for the Global Refugee Forum in December.

In another meeting, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield met with UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths to commend the United Nations’ leadership in mobilizing resources for the Sudanese people. The discussion emphasized the importance of ensuring safe and unhindered humanitarian access for organizations providing life-saving aid to the most vulnerable populations affected by the conflict. The dire humanitarian situation in Myanmar following Tropical Cyclone Mocha and the role of the Black Sea Grain Initiative in ensuring food reaches vulnerable populations were also addressed.

Administrator Power’s visit to Chad builds on the ongoing efforts of the United States and international partners to alleviate the suffering caused by the Sudanese crisis. The United States has been supporting initiatives to combat neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) globally, and three countries, Bangladesh, Benin, and Mali, have now been officially recognized for eliminating specific NTDs as public health problems. USAID’s investment in NTD control and elimination efforts in over 30 countries has made a significant impact, with six pharmaceutical companies donating more than three billion treatments since 2006.

The visit by Administrator Samantha Power not only highlights the United States’ commitment to addressing the urgent needs of Sudanese refugees but also underscores the importance of international cooperation in providing life-saving assistance and promoting peace and stability in the region. As Administrator Power engages with refugees, local officials, and humanitarian partners, the United States continues its efforts to support those affected by the conflict and work towards a more secure and prosperous future for all.

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