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South Sudan, Nigeria and Burundi Humanitarian Assistance Funding

Refugees queue for blankets and mosquito nets at a distribution point in Yusuf Batil Refugee Camp, Upper Nile State, South Sudan. Photo: Brian Sokol / Panos

Ireland has announced an additional €3 million humanitarian assistance funding. Irish Aid programmes in South Sudan, Nigeria and Burundi receive increased funding

Irish Aid has pledged an additional €3 million funding to respond to the escalating crises affecting the people of South Sudan, Nigeria, and Burundi, as part of our focus on the immediate humanitarian and development needs of people in conflict-affected or fragile states. 

The funding will comprise:

Ongoing conflict in South Sudan has resulted in one of the most severe large-scale humanitarian crises in the world today. Widespread violence has forced 2.2 million South Sudanese people to flee their homes, while alarming levels of hunger have been intensified by flooding, droughts and displacement.

Since 2012, Ireland has provided €24.8 million in humanitarian assistance to support the work of United Nations and non-governmental organisations in preventing famine, providing vital nutrition supplies, and supplying water and child protection services in South Sudan and surrounding region. 

Since 2012, Ireland has provided €24.8 million to support the work of the UN and NGOs in preventing famine, providing vital nutrition supplies, and supplying water and child protection services in South Sudan and surrounding region. 

An estimated 4.6 million people, or 40% of South Sudan’s population, still face acute hunger and require lifesaving food or livelihoods assistance. Additional support pledged by Irish Aid will be used to support the work of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in meeting the ever increasing needs of the most vulnerable South Sudanese people.

Irish Aid has also dedicated more resources to help deliver emergency food and essential household items to people in Nigeria, where violent attacks by the militant group Boko Haram have displaced over 1.5 million people. In Burundi, Irish Aid has pledged increased support to help to alleviate the dire conditions in which the refugees find themselves, where election-related violence has caused over 192,000 refugees to flee to neighbouring countries.

Announcing the funding today, Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan called on the international community to join Ireland in mobilising additional resources to meet the ever increasing needs of the most vulnerable South Sudanese people.

 

Learn more about Irish Aid’s Humanitarian Assistance Policy and how we help to rebuild conflict-affected countries.

Did you know

Since 2012, Ireland has provided €24.8 million to support the work of the UN and NGOs in preventing famine, providing vital nutrition supplies, and supplying water and child protection services in South Sudan and surrounding region.