UN injects funds in ‘neglected emergencies’

South Sudan will receive the largest chunk of the $104 million released by the U.N. Central Emergency Response Fund to boost international humanitarian response to 13 “neglected emergencies” across the world.

The African country will receive $20 million to be spent on relief services for returning refugees. The United Nations said recipient countries of the emergency funding were selected based on the severity of needs and current funding levels.

Pakistan is set to receive $15 million while Haiti will get $8 million. Eritrea and Djibouti in the Horn of Africa will each receive $4 million. Other recipient countries are North Korea, the Philippines, the Republic of Congo, Syria, the Central African Republic, Nepal, Chad and Ivory Coast.

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos noted that humanitarian operations in these countries have “fallen out of the headlines.” She urged donors to provide more funds to keep aid work in the said countries going.

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