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Minister Sherlock announces €1.5 million funding to fight the threat of famine in South Sudan

Funding, Irish Aid, MoS Sean Sherlock, Press Releases, Africa, Ireland, 2014

 

Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, today announced the allocation of €1.5 million to address the immediate needs of those most at risk of famine in South Sudan.

Minister Sherlock spoke today about the threat of impending famine in South Sudan:

“I am gravely concerned by the deteriorating humanitarian situation in South Sudan. Ireland will provide an additional allocation of €1.5 million to the UN Common Humanitarian Fund for South Sudan in response to the crisis.

“This funding will assist the UN and its partners in their efforts to meet the urgent needs of the most vulnerable communities in South Sudan through the provision of food, clean water, healthcare, shelter, sanitation, hygiene and protection. This brings to €6.5 million the funding provided by Ireland to the South Sudanese crisis in 2014.

“Eight months into the current crisis nearly 2 million people have been displaced from their homes. Hunger and malnutrition are on the rise with almost 4 million people facing food insecurity.“

Minister Sherlock also spoke of his concern about the safety and security of those delivering humanitarian assistance and the need for all parties to the conflict to respect international humanitarian law:

“I would like to take this opportunity to express my condolences on behalf of the Irish people to the families, friends, and colleagues of the six South Sudanese aid workers who were killed in Maban County, Upper Nile State, South Sudan.

“Ireland condemns in the strongest possible terms attacks on humanitarian personnel as they seek to deliver lifesaving assistance to the most vulnerable populations and calls for unhindered access to affected areas where they carry out their vital work.”

 

ENDS

Press Office

7 August, 2014

 

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