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Germany awards additional €4.5 million to UNHCR South Sudan

MiCT The Niles
The Federal Republic of Germany pledged additional €4.5 million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on December 10, assisting refugees from South Sudan.
21.12.2015  |  Juba, South Sudan
UNHCR and WFP distributing none food items to refugees in Yida, May 11, 2012. (photo: The Niles | Bonifacio Taban)
UNHCR and WFP distributing none food items to refugees in Yida, May 11, 2012. (photo: The Niles | Bonifacio Taban)

(by the German Embassy to South Sudan in Juba)

The funds are in support of refugees from South Sudan in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda as well as IDPs and refugees from Sudan in South Sudan.

Through this contribution, the total amount of German support to UNHCR accumulates to eight million Euro.

“Also in Germany we have a long history of flight and displacement. The Germans were refugees themselves long time ago and found support by the international community,” the German Ambassador to South Sudan Johannes Lehne said.

“Through this, German refugees were able to develop their country. Now we are fortunately in a position to help other refugees in very difficult situations. I am convinced about the importance of helping refugees here in the region and I am happy that Germany can support the important work of UNHCR,” Lehne added.

The funding will be used to provide sustained support, like basic protection services and access to life saving and life sustaining assistance including food and nutrition, healthcare, shelter and non-food items.

“We warmly welcome the German Government’s ongoing commitment to help ensure that those affected by the crisis in South Sudan are able to access the basic life-saving services they desperately need,” UNHCR Representative Ahmed Warsame said.

“This contribution will allow UNHCR to receive new arrivals from South Kordofan and Blue Nile states with safety and dignity, and it will also contribute to UNHCR’s work to improve the protection environment for those who are internally displaced,” he added.

Warsame further said “this contribution is part of Germany’s long standing and appreciated support to UNHCR, having contributed over $140 million to operations worldwide in 2015 alone to improve the lives of the displaced”.

The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany has donated about US$70 million for humanitarian purposes in South Sudan since violence escalated in December 2013.

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