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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

EU increases humanitarian aid to South Sudan by €20 million

With nearly 4 million people estimated unable to meet their food needs, South Sudan is on the brink of famine.  As the situation in South Sudan worsens and aid delivery is increasingly challenging, the European Commission has released €20 million in new humanitarian assistance for the country. Food insecurity is at emergency levels. An estimated 40 000 people will face famine if aid is not provided urgently, especially in southern Unity State. The country's health system is also in a critical condition with ongoing measles and malaria outbreaks. "The suffering of the people of South Sudan is beyond imagination. The humanitarian situation is disastrous two years since the start of the conflict. The country is now on the brink of famine, while aid workers struggle to reach those in need. It is crucial that humanitarian access is granted and lifesaving assistance provided urgently to the South Sudanese people. The reported violations of international humanitarian law and abuses against civilians must stop. The people of South Sudan deserve to live in peace," said Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management. The additional funds will be used to meet urgent food assistance needs, as well as to provide basic emergency health and nutrition services. The new funding brings the Commission's total humanitarian assistance for South Sudan and the neighbouring countries affected by the crisis to nearly €165 million for 2015.

Source: European Commission