The European Union has offered South Sudan £ 43.5million to fund its terrible humanitarian sector characterized by Covid-19, flooding and conflict.
In a press release seen by East African Over the weekend, the EU said the money will be used to help those in urgent need of food as well as those affected by man-made and natural hazards.
“The humanitarian situation in South Sudan is extremely dire. Parts of this youngest African country are facing conditions of famine and the country as a whole is bracing for the worst food crisis ever.
“There appears to be little international interest in this acute situation in the country. Only five donors, including the European Commission, account for nearly 77% of total aid to South Sudan, ”said Janez Lenarčic, EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, who announced funding to South Sudan.
Mr Lenarčic underlined that a humanitarian response is urgently needed to ensure adequate capacities are put in place.
“Not doing things now will make things even worse next year with even more lives lost,” he said.
“EU funding will help meet acute humanitarian needs, provide humanitarian protection to communities affected by violence and strengthen preparedness to face new shocks, including epidemics and natural hazards.
“With millions of children out of school in South Sudan, part of the funding will also go to education,” he added.
According to reports, in South Sudan there are more than 8 million people with unmet basic needs, including over 7 million others who are food insecure.
Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the EU says it has mobilized a wide range of tools and instruments in direct response to the broader humanitarian and development challenges in South Sudan.
The commission added that in 2020, it had allocated more than € 21 million to the pandemic response in the country, including funding two Humanitarian Air Bridge flights that carried 65 tons of personal protective equipment for people. frontline workers in July 2020.
This year, it has supported the delivery of Covid-19 vaccines to South Sudan through the Covax installation, which delivered its initial shipment at the end of March.