South Sudan

International Development written question – answered on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of Stephen Mosley Stephen Mosley Conservative, City of Chester

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessments she has made of the humanitarian situation in Jonglei and the Upper Nile in South Sudan; and what steps she is taking to support those who are being displaced or affected by the conflict in that region.

Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

The humanitarian situation in South Sudan remains extremely serious. There are rising humanitarian needs, but access constraints including active hostilities, continue to hamper the humanitarian response in some areas. DFID has provided direct funding to NGOs operating in Upper Nile and Jonglei states, to provide shelter, water and sanitation facilities and emergency medical care. DFID has also funded emergency logistics to airlift aid works and humanitarian supplies to those in need across the country. The World Food Programme has started airdrops of food supplies this week to both Jonglei and Upper Nile states, in sites with high concentrations of people.

The UK has so far committed £12.5 million of new funding to the response since December, and redirected £19 million of earlier commitments to be reprioritised to the crisis. We are reviewing with the Humanitarian Country Team and donors on the ground how to best reach and support the displaced populations, particularly in difficult to reach areas and within the current security context.

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