Norway Donates $63M To Alleviate South Sudan’s Humanitarian Crisis

This article was last updated on May 26, 2022

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Five million people in South Sudan are in acute need of humanitarian assistance.  “The crisis is expected to escalate significantly in the months ahead. The Norwegian Government is therefore allocating a further US$ 63million to humanitarian efforts in South Sudan,” said the Norwegian Foreign Affairs Minister Børge Brende. 

“By making this substantial contribution, Norway is sending a clear signal about the gravity of the situation.”  

This allocation comes in addition to the USD 17 million Norway has already provided for humanitarian efforts in South Sudan this year. 

Since last December, when armed conflict broke out in the country, over 1.3 million people have been forced to flee, and a great many have lost their homes and their livelihoods. 

Humanitarian partners fear the current crisis will continue to deteriorate in the months to come. 

The UN has now increased the funding requirement for humanitarian assistance from US$ 1.3 billion to US$ 1.8 billion. Only US$ 590 million has been provided by international donors so far.

Due to the critical and growing need for emergency relief and the protection of civilians, Norway, in cooperation with the UN, is hosting an international humanitarian pledging conference for South Sudan in Oslo from 19 to 20 May. 

“I am deeply concerned about the large number of civilians who have been killed or attacked by the parties to the conflict. There are reports of widespread and systematic sexual violence, and there is a severe risk of hunger,” Brende said.

“Rapid action is needed to prevent the situation from deteriorating further. We are bringing together the most important humanitarian actors in Oslo so that we can agree on joint measures to provide better help to the millions of people affected by the conflict.” 

The Norwegian Foreign Minister stressed the need for a cessation of hostilities (CoH) as the most important step towards mitigating the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. 

CoH would help allow people in acute need to get access to humanitarian assistance, and those who have fled their homes would be able to return and start to rebuild their lives. 

The Norwegian contribution will be channeled through humanitarian actors on the ground in South Sudan, including UN agencies, NGOs and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

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