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A joint Government of Sudan, Troika and United Nations delegation visits Kauda, South Kordofan State, for the first time in nearly a decade

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Khartoum, 10 January 2020. On 9 January, the Prime Minister of Sudan, Dr. Abdalla Hamdok, the Minister of Labour and Social Development, the Minister of Health, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme, the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator (RC/HC) in Sudan, Gwi-Yeop Son and representatives of UN agencies and diplomatic missions in Sudan visited Kauda in the Nuba Mountains area of South Kordofan State.

This is the first joint Government and United Nations mission to the area since fighting broke out in 2011. The delegation was received by Abdelaziz al-Hilu, leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N) al-Hilu faction.

Ms. Son commended the spirit of cooperation between the Government of Sudan and the SPLMN that resulted in this historic visit. It comes following the Sudanese Government’s commitment to allow unfettered humanitarian access to all areas of the country. Ms. Son is further encouraged that the SPLM-N al-Hilu is open to the delivery of humanitarian assistance to all areas under their control in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.

“The United Nations stands ready to deliver assistance to people in need in all areas of South Kordofan and Blue Nile states,” Ms. Son said.

While in Kauda, the delegation visited schools where humanitarian organizations are implementing school feeding programme – a top priority identified following an assessment in the end of December 2019. School supplies for 800 children were also delivered as well as nonfood items.

For further information, please contact the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Sudan:

Nahla Zarroug, zarroug@un.org