Khartoum, March 8, 2017 (SSNA) — The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) welcomed a recent contribution of £2 million (approximately US$2.5 million) to its programme from the Government of the United Kingdom to respond to the needs of South Sudanese refugees in Sudan.
UNHCR is using the funds to purchase non-food items, such as blankets, sleeping mats and cooking kits, which help refugees, cook and collect water for basic survival. The kits will be prepositioned and provided mainly to newly arriving South Sudanese refugees in White Nile and East Darfur states, as well as other areas, in coordination with Sudan’s Commission for Refugees (COR).
Since January 2017, over 35,000 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Sudan surpassing the initial expectations of UNHCR and its partners.
Welcoming the contribution, UNHCR’s Representative in Sudan, Noriko Yoshida, said, “The United Kingdom’s support for South Sudanese refugees has been unwavering. Since 2014 when South Sudanese refugees started arriving in large numbers, the government and people of the United Kingdom have provided over £8 million (around US$10 million) to UNHCR in support of South Sudanese refugees. This is a major and timely contribution to our efforts to respond to the urgent and growing needs of South Sudanese refugees” ...
[ Full text ]