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EU verhoogt humanitaire hulp voor Soedan met 4 miljoen euro

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476122-kordofanThe European Commission has announced additional humanitarian aid of €4 million for Sudan, bringing the total of the Commission’s assistance to the country in 2015 to €32 million.

De nieuwe financiering volgt op een toename van vluchtelingen uit buurland Zuid-Soedan en intern ontheemden (IDP's) in Soedan.

“The humanitarian situation in Sudan is getting worse each day. In Darfur and in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile States, 5.4 million people are in need of lifesaving aid. The increasing number of refugees from South Sudan makes the already fragile context even more difficult,” said Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Commissioner Christos Stylianides.

“The EU is committed to help. Despite serious restrictions on humanitarian access, the EU has been relentlessly assisting those in need. It is vital that safer working conditions are assured for relief workers, allowing them to keep delivering lifesaving assistance,” he added.

The aid will be used to meet people’s most urgent needs, including food assistance, water, sanitation and health services.

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De humanitaire situatie in Soedan blijft nijpend na jaren van conflicten, natuurrampen en onderontwikkeling.

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More than 10 years since the beginning of the Darfur conflict, the country remains gripped by violence and insecurity. It now counts over 3 million internally displaced persons (IDPs). To make the situation worse, people suffer from high levels of malnutrition and lack both infrastructure and basic public services. About one fifth of Sudan’s population, approximately 6.6 million people, is estimated to be in need of humanitarian assistance.

Sinds het conflict in buurland Zuid-Soedan in december 2013 uitbrak, heeft Soedan ook een grote toestroom van vluchtelingen gekend. De afgelopen maanden is de situatie verder verslechterd, waarbij het aantal Zuid-Soedanezen dat hun toevlucht zoekt in het land nu wordt geschat op ruim 190.

The Commission’s humanitarian assistance to Sudan amounts to over €200 million since 2011. It has provided lifesaving assistance to IDPs, refugees and people affected by disasters, by giving them food, shelter, and access to health, water and sanitation.

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