United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Administrator Ms. Samantha Power, has affirmed determination of the Administration of President Biden to move forward in its development partnership with Sudan and to provide everything possible to assist the transitional government to accomplish the complicated and big transition tasks.
Former journalist Samantha Power, who worked in Darfur seventeen years ago, spoke in a high tone and a voice of solidarity and sympathy about her current visit to Sudan, which she started in El Fashir in Darfur and visited Zam Zam camp for displaced people whose suffering has been going on for decades and who still dream of returning to their villages after the conditions that enable them to do so are available.
She said in a press conference she held in Khartoum today that she was one of those who did not imagine that the change that occurred in Sudan could happen, and in this way in which the Sudanese showed great courage and insight that inspired people in different parts of the world, describing what happened in Sudan as a “miracle.”
She added that she understood the Sudanese people aspiration for quick solutions to the many problems they suffer from, but she said that this is something that definitely requires effort, resources and time.
She said she discussed with Sudanese officials the priorities and the strengthening of the Sudanese-American partnership to move Sudan from the stage of receiving humanitarian aid to the stage of comprehensive development.
She explained that USAID has allocated 700 million dollars to help Sudan face the great challenges of the transition period, and that other international institutions such as the World Bank and the World Food Program will implement urgent projects within this amount to enhance food security and support vital sectors such as the energy sector.
Ms. Samantha Power said that the priority at the present time would be on issues of humanitarian aid, support for democratic transformation, contribution to capacity building, reform and development of institutions in a way that allows them to attract the capabilities of Sudanese youth and provide job opportunities to them.
She added that resources of USAID would also be made available to implement transitional justice processes and institutions, which must include societal reconciliations to restore social peace and hold accountable those who committed crimes during the civil war and during the popular revolution, provided that all these steps lead to laying the foundations and rules for governance, political development, stabilization and establishing security, achieving economic growth and ending of the transitional period with transparent democratic elections and the transfer of power to an elected government.
In response to a question about the situations in Ethiopia and its impact on Sudan, the USAID Administrator pointed out that Ethiopia is going through a critical and difficult stage, and the specter of famine is looming over the Tigray region, which means the influx of more refugees from Tigray and Al-Amhara to Sudan, and that she would go to Ethiopia to work to ensure the arrival of urgent relief for needy in the trouble spots and help the Ethiopians to start a comprehensive dialogue between all parties to put an end to the suffering of the Ethiopians.
Mrs. Samantha Power had met President of the Transitional Sovereignty Council Gen. Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan, Prime Minister Dr. Abdalla Hamdouk, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Mariam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi and a number of other senior Sudanese officials.