Britain Avails Additional £10million Support For Refugees

Happy to be home:Jubilant women upon arrival in Rumbek, Lakes State. [©Gurtong]

“The total figure of the additional support is likely to be higher but has not yet been released,” the Head of Political Affairs and Press at the British Embassy in Juba Belinda Volans told Gurtong.

“It will be finalised in a discussion with partners and other donors in light of the needs of the refugees”, she added.

The refugees are fleeing the conflict between the Khartoum government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North (SPLA-N) that has worsened humanitarian situation in Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan states.

The British International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell announced the additional funds for more than 200,000 refugees on Tuesday.

“As the eyes of the world turn to Britain on the eve of the London Olympics, we are standing by some of the world’s poorest people in South Sudan”, said Mitchell.

“Refugee camps close to the border with Sudan are filling up while aid agencies struggle to cope with the flow of new arrivals and the threat of disease outbreaks. The UK has moved rapidly to ensure funding is available to respond,” he said.
Mitchell said the new support from the existing aid budget, will help provide the refugees with food, urgent healthcare and safe drinking water which are lacking currently.

The money is expected to cover vaccinations and emergency treatment for 204,300 people, urgent nutritional supplements for 113,125 malnourished children, safe drinking water and sanitation for 163,000 people, emergency shelter and other basic equipment to 56,750 people.

The fund will also cater for agricultural supplies to 134,600 people and physical rehabilitation support for more than 300 injured survivors of violent assaults.

Maban County in Upper Nile state is believed to be home to more than 100,000 refugees who have fled Blue Nile in Sudan following secession last year.

Yida camp in Unity state hosts 55,000 refugees from Southern Kordofan, many of whom have fled the conflict in that state.

Last week, the Federal government of Germany also announced increasing their support for humanitarian organisations in South Sudan by USD3.1 million.

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