Norway urges for opening of several more border crossings for unhindered humanitarian access in Sudan

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Norway has called for the opening of several more border crossings on the line of Tina border crossing which was recently reopened between Chad and Sudan in the southwest for urgent restoration of safe and unhindered humanitarian access across the country even as 25 million people in the country need humanitarian assistance.

“Re-opening of the Tina border crossing between Chad and Sudan in the southwest is welcomed, several more border crossings are needed to ensure the delivery of sufficient levels of humanitarian aid,” said an official statement.

Stressing the need for unfettered humanitarian access between RSF and SAF-controlled areas it said,” denying access to humanitarian assistance is illegal according to International Humanitarian Law and may constitute a war crime.”

“Norway is deeply concerned about the restrictions on humanitarian access in Sudan and calls for urgent restoration of safe and unhindered humanitarian access across the country,” it said further.

“The border between Chad and Sudan has been one of the most important entry points for humanitarian assistance in the past months. The recent closure of this border further restricted an already severely limited flow of life-saving humanitarian aid into Sudan. The border is essential for the delivery of life-saving humanitarian assistance to civilians in need, especially in the Darfur region in the west, where the situation is especially dire,” it added.

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The humanitarian consequences of the war in Sudan are alarming. More than half the population, some 25 million people, need humanitarian assistance. An estimated 18 million people are already facing acute hunger and the United Nations warns of a looming famine if conditions do not improve.

It emphasized that “Aid organizations are currently not able to reach many of them. Civilians must be protected. Using starvation as a method of warfare against civilians is strictly prohibited.”

The telecommunication black-out has affected large parts of Sudan since early February. While drawing attention to the situation it further added that “restoring connectivity so that civilians and humanitarian actors can communicate is also urgent.”

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