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Additional €3 million Humanitarian Assistance Funding for South Sudan, Nigeria and Burundi

Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Mr. Charlie Flanagan T.D, & Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Mr. Seán Sherlock, T.D., Announce Additional €3 million Humanitarian Assistance Funding for South Sudan, Nigeria and Burundi.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Charlie Flanagan, T.D., and the Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Mr. Seán Sherlock, T.D., today announced €3 million in additional Irish Aid funding in response to the escalating humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, Nigeria and Burundi.

The funding will comprise:

€1 million to the International Committee of the Red Cross/Red Crescent (ICRC) for its humanitarian operations in South Sudan. €500,000 for the ICRC’s operations in Nigeria.

€1 million to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) for its South Sudan regional refugee response. €500,000 for the UNHCR’s Burundi regional refugee response.

Announcing the additional funding, Minister Flanagan said:

“South Sudan, the world’s newest country, is in crisis, on the brink of famine and in the midst of a bitter conflict. This has resulted in one of the most severe large-scale humanitarian crises in the world today.

“Despite the recently signed peace agreement, fighting continues and the number of South Sudanese refugees fleeing to neighbouring countries is increasing. 630,000 people have now taken refuge in Ethiopia, Uganda, Sudan and Kenya. The majority are women and children and many are in very poor health having walked for weeks to reach shelter.

“Together with the international community, I reiterate my call on all parties to this conflict to protect civilians and to immediately end unlawful attacks against them, their property and their livelihoods.

“I am also today calling on the international community to mobilise additional resources to meet the ever increasing needs of the most vulnerable South Sudanese people."

Today’s announcement brings Ireland’s total funding to help those affected by the crisis in South Sudan to over €18.7 million since the outbreak of the conflict in December 2013.

Minister of State Sherlock added:

“I am concerned that election-related violence in Burundi since the Spring of this year has caused over 192,000 refugees to flee into neighbouring countries, many to existing refugee camps in Tanzania.

“The additional €500,000 in funding to the UNHCR’s operations in the Burundian region which we are announcing today will help to alleviate the dire conditions in which the refugees find themselves.

“In addition, violent attacks by the militant group, Boko Haram, on civilians has displaced over 1.5 million people within Nigeria. The additional €500,000 in funding to the ICRC for their work in Nigeria will help in the delivery of emergency food and essential household items to nearly 260,000 people in hard to reach areas.”

ENDS

7 October 2015