South Sudan, EU Commits Funds for East African Crisis Response

Africa’s newest country is among the latest to announce financial aid for the ongoing humanitarian response to the famine and drought in the Horn of Africa, with a pledge to contribute $1 million to help ease suffering in the region.

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit noted that while his country’s contribution may be modest compared with the millions of dollars needed to adequately address the crisis, the donation underscores South Sudan’s commitment to help Kenya and other East African countries.

In its latest estimates, the United Nations says nearly $1 billion more is required to finance the response to the East African crisis, which the global body says has now affected more than 14 million people.

Meanwhile, the European Union also recently announced €60 million ($81.32 million) worth of additional aid for emergency relief operations in the drought-affected region. This brings the bloc’s total financial contribution to humanitarian work there to approximately €160 million.

The EU has also allocated some $40 million in financial assistance for Sudan and South Sudan.

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