A human catastrophe of alarming proportions is happening in South Sudan.
South Sudan faces the worst food security crisis in the world with more than half of its population – 7 million people – affected by hunger. 50 000 children are in danger of dying. The humanitarian situation is worsening due to floods, disease outbreaks and fighting.
Since the eruption of violence in late 2013, over 800 000 people have been internally displaced and more than 250 000 have sought refuge in neighbouring countries. The UN has declared South Sudan a "level 3" crisis.
The main needs are for food, clean water, healthcare, shelter, sanitation, hygiene and protection. Humanitarian aid workers are at a great risk in South Sudan and struggle to do their work. It is critical that neutral, impartial and experienced humanitarian workers can reach vulnerable people to deliver the assistance necessary for their survival.
The European Commission is making €120 million available in 2014 to respond to this humanitarian crisis. Humanitarian funding from the European Union – Commission and Member states – totals nearly €240 million.
European funding is allocated for urgent life-saving activities such as essential food and non-food items, as well as shelter, health, protection, water, hygiene and sanitation. Part of the funding addresses the urgent needs of South Sudanese refugees.
A team of humanitarian experts from the Commission is on the ground monitoring the situation, assessing needs and overseeing the use of EU funds.