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Canada establishes humanitarian pathway to people fleeing Sudan

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Sudanese, who fled the conflict in Murnei in the Sudanese region of Darfur, cross the border between Sudan and Chad in Adré, Chad, on August 4, 2023.

The Canadian Press

Ottawa offers a lifeline to people who wish to flee the escalating civil war in Sudan and who have relatives in Canada who agree to support them financially.

Federal Immigration Minister Marc Miller stressed that this new humanitarian route is aimed at both Sudanese citizens and other foreign citizens who were living in the northeastern country of Africa when the conflict broke out in mid-April.

The program applies to people who are either a child, grandchild, parent, grandparent, brother or sister of x27;a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

These relatives must agree to support them financially, even if Ottawa has not did not specify the amount this would require.

Interested individuals must apply for the program and complete typical security and biometric checks used for visa applicants, such as fingerprinting.

Dueling militias sparked a civil war in Sudan this spring that sent some five million people fleeing, many of whom were already refugees from neighboring countries.

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A week ago, the United Nations Office for the Prevention of Genocide asked countries to speak out about what it calls the rise in ethnically motivated violence in the country, which includes killings and attacks against civilians.

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Sudanese trying to take refuge in Chad

Mr. Miller addressed the situation in a press release Thursday.

The conflict in Sudan and the humanitarian situation on the ground remain deeply concerning, recognized the minister.

Canada will continue to help those in need and honor its humanitarian tradition as a country. This humanitarian path will make it possible to reunite loved ones and save lives, he argued.

The war in Sudan began in mid -April after months of tensions between the military leader, General Abdel-Fattah Burhan, and the commander General Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, of the rapid support paramilitary forces.

The two generals led a military coup in October 2021 that derailed Sudan's short-lived transition to democracy following a popular uprising that forced the removal of President Omar al- Bashir in April 2019.

Conflict in Sudan has destroyed the country and killed up to 9,000 people in October, according to the United Nations. However, activists and doctors' groups say the real toll is much higher.

More than seven million people have been forced from their homes. home, more than 1.5 million of whom have sought refuge in neighboring countries, according to UN figures.

Canada has already allocated $165 million in humanitarian aid to those affected by this conflict, and also expedited immigration applications and waived fees for some people who fled the war.

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