Joint agency statement following Tuesday's Darfur Donor Conference

Published: 19 July 2006

In response to the $200 million pledged to the African Union force at yesterday’s donor conference, a group of leading international aid agencies (CAFOD, CARE International, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, IRC, Oxfam and Tearfund) working in Darfur issued a joint statement.

Jeremy Hobbs, Executive Director of Oxfam International, said: "Yesterday donors were asked to respond generously to the desperate situation in Darfur, but instead the African Union force is still $150 million short of what it asked for.

The African Union force is the only protection civilians have in Darfur, yet due in part to the lack of funding, many of their patrols have stopped and come nightfall the troops retreat to barracks.

Even if the money pledged is delivered, according to the chairperson of the African Union it will only keep the mission afloat until September. What then?

If donors continue to opt for protection on the cheap, it will be the men, women and children of Darfur who will pay the price.

With few exceptions, the AU is still dependent on just five donors (the UK, US, the EU, Canada and the Netherlands) for the vast bulk of funding for the force.

We urge all the other donor countries who are concerned about what is happening in Darfur to donate generously and work with the African Union to ensure we avert an even greater protection catastrophe."

Contact Information

For more information and interviews please contact:

UK:
- Judith Melby – Christian Aid - + 44 (0) 207 523 2408
- Brendan Cox – Crisis Action - + 44 (0) 7957 120 853, + 44 (0)207 324 4747
- Lydia Gomersall – IRC - + 44 (0) 20 7692 2741
- Ian Bray – Oxfam - + 44 (0)1865 472 498
- Islamic Relief – + 44 (0) 121 622 0663

US:
- Caroline Green - Oxfam International - +1 202 321 7858
- Kathleen Hunt – CARE International - + 1 971-332-8115
- Tina Susman – IRC - + 1 212 551 2950

KENYA:
- Beatrice Karanja – Oxfam - + 254 733 632 810

SUDAN:
- Alun McDonald – Oxfam- + 249 912 391 657