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Berlin and Paris call for support for the Sudanese people amid civil war

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and her French counterpart Stéphane Séjourné have called on the international community to provide urgent support to Sudan at the start of an aid conference on the northeast African country in Paris.

A year after the country’s civil war broke out, Sudanese had become victims of oblivion, in addition to being victims of displacement and hunger, Séjourné said. “Today we are putting a forgotten crisis on the agenda,” she added.

In addition to previous funding, Baerbock has committed 244 million euros ($260 million) to Sudan and its neighboring countries. She called on all countries attending the donor conference to “also make a contribution”. Together, a terrible catastrophe could be avoided, she said.

“The world’s largest refugee crisis” was happening “before our eyes,” Baerbock said. Refugee camps in southern Sudan were overcrowded, with new arrivals every day who could not be cared for.

Food, drinking water, baby food, medicine, clothing, education, housing and “especially psychological counselling” were all in short supply, she said.

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Annalena Baerbock (2nd from right), the German Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stephane Sejourne (R), the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, arrive together with Josep Borrell (L), Representative of the European Union's Foreign Affairs, and Janez Lenarcic ( 2nd from left), EU Commissioner for Crisis Management at a press conference ahead of the ministerial meeting in support of peace initiatives for Sudan.  Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa

Annalena Baerbock (2nd from left), German Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stephane Sejourne (2nd from right), French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell (R), High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, and Janez Lenarcic ( L), EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, speaking at a press conference ahead of the ministerial meeting in support of peace initiatives for Sudan.  Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpaAnnalena Baerbock (2nd from left), German Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stephane Sejourne (2nd from right), French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell (R), High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, and Janez Lenarcic ( L), EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, speaking at a press conference ahead of the ministerial meeting in support of peace initiatives for Sudan.  Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa

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