South Sudan: €48.5 million in additional EU humanitarian aid


Despite a recent peace deal, humanitarian needs remain high in South Sudan with nearly two million people internally displaced and almost seven million in need of emergency food aid. To help the most vulnerable in the country, the European Commission today announces €48.5 million in humanitarian assistance on top of last week’s €1 million to step up Ebola prevention in the country. Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management said: “The EU continues to stand by people in need in South Sudan. Today on World Refugee Day let us not forget the 4 million South Sudanese who remain uprooted, either within their country or as refugees in the region. Our new funding will help partners save lives on the ground. It is therefore essential that humanitarian workers have full and safe access to do their lifesaving job. While humanitarian support is a matter of urgency, ultimately only a solid commitment to restore peace and stability can bring a long-lasting solution.” The EU-funded humanitarian projects will address in particular the protection of the most vulnerable, the provision of food and nutrition assistance to families in need, the provision of basic health care in hard-to-reach areas, and the setting up and running of accelerated education programmes for children who lost out on years of schooling in conflict-affected areas.