Donors Pledge $4.5 Billion for Sudan Aid

Donors pledged $4.5 billion today for civil war recovery efforts in Sudan at an International conference in Oslo, Norway. However, there were warnings that not enough was being done for the Darfur region in western Sudan.

Donors Pledge $4.5 Billion for Sudan AidSudanese displaced children attend a class at an outdoors makeshift school in Drage camp, on the outskirts of the southern Darfur town of Nyala, January 2005. Donors in Oslo, Norway pledged $4.5 billion in aid for Sudan on Tuesday, April 12, 2005. UN Secr

The donor's conference was attended by about 60-nations. The money will mostly be used to strengthen the peace accord that ended a 21-year war between the government and southern rebels, according to Reuters.

Funds will be used for immediate needs like hunger relief and help for refugees returning to their homes. Longer term needs include the construction of schools, roads and hospitals. Sudan is one of the poorest nations in the world where one in four children dies before the age of five, according to Reuters.

In a cautionary note, United States deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick said nations should stay aware of the Darfur region.