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Reference : V-F-CR-F-03665-N
Date : 30/04/2023
Title : Sudan : ICRC’s first international shipment of humanitarian aid arrives in Port Sudan
Duration : 00:06:29
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YOUSSEF, Patrick (director of operations Africa, ICRC)
SAIF, Misada (communication coordinator, ICRC)
MUNJES, Nebojsa (logistician, ICRC)
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Description : Life-saving medical material departed from Amman, Jordan to Port Sudan today as part of emergency operations by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) following the outbreak of conflict in Sudan.

The 8 tonnes of humanitarian cargo includes surgical material to support Sudanese hospitals and volunteers from the Sudan Red Crescent Society (SRCS) who are providing medical care to people wounded in the fighting.

“After 14th April, no-one has managed to get medical assistance into the country which is badly needed,” said Patrick Youssef, ICRC’s regional director for Africa. “This medical assistance will hopefully travel quite quickly from Port Sudan and delivered to the hospitals that are in most need and that indeed requires a ceasefire that should be respected by both sides for us to be able, with our colleagues from the Sudanese Red Crescent, to deliver these items as quickly as we can to the hospitals and allow the medical personnel, doctors and nurses, but also first aid volunteers, to do their job.”

The medical shipment includes anaesthetics, dressings, sutures and other surgical material that can treat thousands of people who may have been wounded by weapons. With hostilities still ongoing, ICRC teams will need guarantees of safe passage from the parties to the conflict to deliver this material to medical facilities in locations with active fighting, such as Khartoum.

Since commercial flights in Sudan were discontinued and civilian airspace became inaccessible, the ICRC has been working to overcome logistical and security challenges to help civilians in need who are trapped in the fighting. Delivering medical supplies to hospitals and helping them restore water and power lines remains its urgent priority.

The ICRC is grateful for the support of the authorities in Jordan -- where the ICRC has a major logistics hub -- who rapidly made an aircraft available to deliver this medical cargo. We also appreciate the cooperation shown by the civilian Sudanese authorities in charge of facilitating the arrival of aircraft with humanitarian goods and personnel on board.

The ICRC is sending a second airplane carrying additional ICRC medical supplies and emergency personnel.

“The World Health Organisation has reported over four thousand seven hundred injured with almost four hundred and fifty dead. This requires medical assistance but also requires a strong and steady professional dead body management,” said Youssef. “I hope this will be the first of a number of batches that will come, will be extremely crucial for the hospitals to be able to cater for the needs of thousands of people that are flocking to their doors and waiting to get medical assistance.”

The ICRC reminds the parties to the conflict to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law and to facilitate the work of medical and humanitarian personnel, treat detainees humanely and take all feasible precautions to avoid loss of life among civilians and damage to civilian objects and infrastructure.

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