With the forthcoming referendum on the possible secession of South Sudan, the African country is one of the humanitarian hotspots the European Union is keeping an eye on, according to EU aid and crisis response commissioner Kristalina Georgieva.
“The place that keeps us focused and concerned is Sudan, because of the forthcoming referendum in a country that has gone through a very difficult history and is surrounded by a difficult neighbourhood,” Georgieva told EUobserver.
The EU commissioner earlier wrote in a blog that the conflict-torn African state is “an easily predictable [humanitarian] challenge” in 2011.
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Georgieva also noted the weakness in disaster preparedness and prevention across the globe as disasters become more prevalent and intense.
The bloc has helped address humanitarian needs of some 140 million people worldwide this year, spending some euro1.1 billion (USD1.4 billion), she said.