Switzerland Supports Sudanese in Egypt with $1.4 million

Agencies – Sudan Events

United Nations World Food Program UNFP in Egypt announced that it has received the first contribution of its kind from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, with a total value of $1.4 million to support people who have fled violence in Sudan.
The Swiss Embassy in Cairo stated – in a statement (Tuesday) – that the Swiss contribution will enable the World Food Program to continue providing cash assistance to approximately 6,000 people from Sudan living in Aswan, Cairo and Alexandria for a year.

“With this essential and timely assistance, we can reach people within minutes, and provide them with cash to meet their basic needs through a network of more than 140,000 retailers.” Said Switzerland Director in Egypt, Pravin Agrawal.
“Switzerland’s aid arrives at a critical time and will allow us to continue providing this vital assistance to Sudanese across the country.” Added Pravin.
For her part, the Swiss Ambassador to Egypt, Yvonne Baumann, expressed her thanks to the World Food Program team for their continued dedication and commitment to improving the lives of recently arrived Sudanese indviduals and families, stressing that Switzerland is committed to working with its partners to improve people’s ability to withstand and stay well.
The embassy statement stated that since the beginning of the Sudanese crisis last April until the end of October, the World Food Program has supported more than 277,000 people from groups affected by the conflict who fled Sudan and sought shelter in Egypt. The aid includes healthy, ready-to-eat food parcels that are provided upon their arrival at the two crossings. Arqin and Qastal border areas in Aswan, in addition to cash aid in Aswan, Cairo and Alexandria.
These people receive cash assistance via electronic cards issued through the World Food Programme’s emergency cash assistance platform.

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