SOUTH SUDAN: EU STEPS UP EFFORTS TO PREVENT A HUMANITARIAN TRAGEDY

Brussels Diplomatic

Due to the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation in South Sudan, the European Commission is ready to boost its live-saving assistance by €45 million to prevent an appalling tragedy in the country which is affecting the whole region. This upcoming funding has been announced during a high-level meeting on the South Sudan humanitarian crisis organised in Washington by the European Commission, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the United States Agency for International Development.

Despite the agreement on the cessation of hostilities signed on 23 January 2014, reports of violence continue. The crisis came on top of an already difficult humanitarian situation in this the newest andone of the poorest states in Africa following decades of conflict and underdevelopment, combined with seasonal flooding, frequent dry spells and outbreaks of diseases.

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The first civil war, from 1955 to 1972, was between the Sudanese government and southern rebels who demanded…

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