17 April 2023
Harriett Baldwin raises concerns about the situation in Sudan

Following the Government statement on the situation in Sudan, Harriett Baldwin expresses her sadness and concerns for the women she met in Darfur who only want peace and asks about UK funding and the funding of the Rapid Support Forces.

Harriett Baldwin (West Worcestershire) (Con)

I, too, am heartbroken for the women I met in Darfur, who only want peace, security and to be able to educate their children; for the young women who protested and brought down al-Bashir, who hoped to see their country move towards democracy instead of another civil war; and for the World Food Programme workers, who deliver food in some of the hardest situations on the planet. My questions are about money. To what extent has the UK had to reduce its bilateral funding in Sudan? Who exactly is it who funds the 100,000 members of the Rapid Support Forces?

The Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Mr Andrew Mitchell)

My hon. Friend asks a couple of very important and good questions. She, like me, has visited Darfur and seen the plight of women caused by the disorder and destruction. Indeed, I first met our late colleague, Jo Cox, in Darfur, looking at how we could improve the plight of women there.

I cannot give my hon. Friend a detailed commentary on the funding of those groups, which as she rightly says is extremely important, but I can tell her that we will look at all these things, in every possible way, in our bid to bring peace to Sudan at this time.