13 July 2012

Sudan: Japan Earmarks U.S.$2 Million for Sudanese Refugees in South Sudan

Juba — The Japanese government on Friday announced its contribution of $ 2.04 million as emergency grant assistance to cater for thousands of Sudanese refugees who have fled their country in to South Sudan, due the deteriorating humanitarian situation in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.

Over 200,000 people, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), have fled fighting into South Sudan and neighboring Ethiopia, while the influx of these refugees has reportedly worsened living conditions, hygiene and other sectors in the refugee camps, thus the urgent need for humanitarian assistance.

"The Government of Japan will provide assistance in sectors of healthcare, water and hygiene as soon as possible in coordination with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)," reads a statement from its embassy in Khartoum.

The Japanese government's donation comes barely after the German Foreign Affairs office announced a €5 million increment to its foreign aid to Sudan and South Sudan, specifically meant to address the increasing humanitarian challenges facing the two nations.

The Federal Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle, in a statement, said the fund will mainly cater for emergency needs of thousands of refugees who fled the ongoing armed conflict in Sudan's South Kordofan and Blue Nile states into South Sudan.

The Sudanese government recently welcomed a proposed plan by the African Union, UN and the Arab League, to allow humanitarian access into the region, a move that was applauded by the international community.

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