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UN: Sudan has 'dramatic escalation' in needed aid
UN: Sudan sees 'dramatic escalation' in needed aid; 3 percent of international appeal funded
Associated Press
2014-03-26 03:01 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The director of U.N. humanitarian operations says Sudan is seeing a "very dramatic escalation" in the number of people who need aid, up 40 percent from last year.

John Ging told reporters Tuesday that 6.1 million people in the vast east African country need help. He spoke after a visit there last week.

Ging says just 3 percent of the $995 million international aid appeal for Sudan has been funded this year. He calls that "alarming."

That's down from the 57 percent in funding last year.

Ging says violence in the long-chaotic region of Darfur has displaced almost 200,000 people this year.

"It's quite shocking for us to see how a region of the world that used to be very central to global attention has fallen off," he says.

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