HC Deb 17 March 1890 vol 342 cc1006-7

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if the attention of the Government has been directed to the statement in the Daily Telegraph as to the great distress and starvation in the Eastern Soudan; and if Her Majesty's Government propose to take any action; and, if so, in what manner?


Her Majesty's Government have been informed that great distress and destitution exist in the Eastern Soudan. With a view to the relief of the destitute in the neighbourhood of Suakin, a Committee has been formed, and many persons are daily fed. The Egyptian Government have contributed to the funds. The importation of grain is now permitted through certain ports, and the unhappy condition of the people has largely influenced this relaxation in spite of manifest military objections.