Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Further life-saving services for South Sudan

Liberal Democrat Minister for International Development Lynne Featherstone has announced that Britain will provide further life-saving support for the hundreds of thousands of people fleeing the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.

Since fighting broke out in December 2013, 1.3 million South Sudanese people have become internally displaced, with more than 400,000 fleeing to neighbouring countries. There is also a food crisis affecting almost one in three South Sudanese people.


The Department of International Development will provide an additional £30 million package of vital assistance, bringing the total to £125 million. It will enable organisations including UNICEF, the World Food Programme and UNHCR to help South Sudanese refugees in other parts of Africa.

During her visit in South Sudan, Lynne Featherstone said:

"The people of South Sudan face a horrific humanitarian crisis which will only get worse with famine. The extra support from the UK Government will deliver supplies urgently needed by people who have been forced to leave their homes and move to neighbouring countries.

"Ultimate responsibility for the humanitarian situation sits with South Sudan’s leaders. The Government and Opposition must act now to stop the fighting, start to build a lasting peace and make every effort to allow aid to reach the people who need it. Until then, the need for basic life-saving services remains crucial and we urge the international community to join us in stepping up support."

Many of the refugees who have fled South Sudan are children who have been separated from their families and women who have endured sexual violence. The funding announced today will help to provide education for children and protective services for women.