Darfur aid conference raised less than half its target
The conference, organized by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), aims at collecting USD two billion in the form of grants and loans to rebuild Darfur’s health, agricultural, educational and water sectors, among many others.
The OIC 57 member states joined the conference, besides, representatives from China, the United States, Russia, Britain, France, UN, AU, AL, World Bank and other non-governmental entities such as the Arab Physicians Union.
Countries including the United States, Canada, Norway and Britain did not pledge at the meeting, saying the region was not secure enough for the proposed work.
Despite the shortfall, Sudan said it was not disappointed by the results of the one-day meeting, which officials said raised $841 million for projects such as cement plants, roads and villages for displaced people in Darfur .
Joint Special Representative of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) Ibrahim Gambari, commented that the conference was held in its proper time, given the constructive peace developments recently witnessed by Darfur respecting the region crisis, lauding efforts dedicated by Qatar and the AU-UN Joint Chief Mediator, Djibril Bassolé.
Gambari reported that UNAMID forces were deployed to a level satisfactory to civilians’ protection and aid delivery to displaced people, adding that many areas in the region enjoy stability apart from “Jebel Marra” area