Due to the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation in Sudan and South Sudan, the European Commission is boosting its humanitarian assistance by €30 million. The main concern is the ever-increasing number of refugees and displaced people fleeing the conflict area of South Kordofan and Blue Nile State in Sudan, mainly to South Sudan and Ethiopia.
‘The conflict in the border region has turned more than 210 000 people into refugees. Another 650 000 are internally displaced. These numbers keep rising. On top of that, food prospects are dire for more than half of the population, as floods and war have damaged the harvest. We have to react fast before it’s too late. And reports about the situation in South Kordofan and Blue Nile are very worrying. There can be no excuse for not letting in humanitarian assistance to people who need it,’ said Kristalina Georgieva, the European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response.
More and more refugees are arriving at camps in South Sudan that are already full. They are completely dependent on humanitarian assistance and are at risk of contracting cholera and other diseases. Almost half of the South Sudanese population, 4.7 million people, suffer from food insecurity.
In Sudan, the delivery of aid is extremely difficult due to restricted access. In South Kordofan and Blue Nile, humanitarian workers are not allowed to reach hundreds of thousands conflict victims. After nine years of conflict in Darfur, there are still 3.5 million people dependent on humanitarian assistance, including 1.7 million internally displaced.