A wide-ranging humanitarian initiative has been underway in the region for some time, and several Italian NGOs, in collaboration with the Ministry's Special Envoy in Darfur, Barbara Contini, are working on the ground.
The plane left from Brindisi and will arrive in Nyala in Sudan later today. The Italian Ambassador, Angeloni, was awaiting it and handed the shipment over to the Ministry staff on the ground in the presence of Mrs. Contini.
The flight was carrying 30 tonnes of emergency supplies (worth over US$52,000) provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Directorate General for Development Cooperation, the Milan-based Red Cross, and several private companies. Among its contents are emergency food provisions, material for communication, medicines, clothes and toys for children, and electricity generators.
The humanitarian flight is part of a wider programme of emergency interventions arranged by the Ministry to support Sudan's peoples in need.