Britain announced £100 million in humanitarian assistance to war torn South Sudan as part of its effort to stem migration from East Africa, reportedly one of the world’s most conflict-ravaged regions the Financial Times Reported
“South Sudan will receive the largest share — £103m — from the £660m in extra funding promised by Theresa May this week as part of the prime minister’s “new approach” to tackling migration” Financial Times wrote.
The humanitarian relief comes at a time when the number of refugees from South Sudan has passed one million after renewed violence in July between forces loyal to opposition leader Riek Machar and those allied to the country’s president Salva Kiir.
The clashes sparked one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters, according to the United Nations.
“Most of those fleeing South Sudan are women and children. They include survivors of violent attacks, sexual assault, children that have been separated from their parents or travelled alone, the disabled, the elderly and people in need of urgent medical care” Leo Dobbs, spokesman for the UN refugee agency said.
However, panic is rebuilding in South Sudan after opposition leader Machar and top officials of the opposition SPLM-IO party issued a statement saying their forces would reorganize to “wage a popular armed resistance against the authoritarian and racist regime of President Salva Kiir.”
Renewed Fighting would worsen the humanitarian situation
Financial times reports that Britain’s aim is to focus on preventing people from leaving their countries by giving more aid or helping them settle and earn money in the first country they flee to.
British International Development Minister James Wharton said it was “firmly in the UK’s interests” to encourage the “longer-term stability of South Sudan”.