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Tuesday, 03 January 2012

Fleeing conflict in North Sudan

Following intense fighting in the Blue Nile State of the Republic of Sudan, tens of thousands of people have fled to Ethiopia and South Sudan. About 32,000 people have already settled in Maban County, in Upper Nile State of South Sudan. The needs are vast and the refugee population is rising fast. Although the European Commission's Department for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) is supporting various life saving programmes in South Sudan, this remote area is not easily accessible, which makes the delivery of humanitarian assistance a real challenge.
The main priorities of ECHO, which has allocated €140 million to address humanitarian needs in Sudan and South Sudan, include emergency preparedness and response, provision of basic services to the vulnerable populations living in areas particularly prone to shocks such as conflicts and natural hazards.
The Commission also supports programmes that assist Internally Displaced People (IDPs), Refugees, Returnees and vulnerable communities through the provision of health and nutrition services, water and sanitation, and food assistance. To facilitate the provision of assistance ECHO also supports common humanitarian services such as the common transport of humanitarian commodities, coordination of humanitarian air services.

Source: European Commission