The £12.5 million commitment will provide immediate supplies and support to key organisations operating in South Sudan, including the International Committee of the Red Cross and UN agencies.
The UK has also activated the Rapid Response Facility to provide swift additional support through a number of pre-approved organisations.
Announcing the support, International Development Secretary Justine Greening said:
Many families have fled their homes and are now in urgent need of further help while they seek refuge from the violence. Britain’s emergency funding will provide a lifeline to thousands and will ensure aid agencies have the support they need. We are monitoring closely the situation on the ground and stand ready to provide further assistance as required. It is crucial that all humanitarian workers are now guaranteed safe and secure access to carry out their vital work.
The UK’s £12.5 million package of support will provide:
£3 million to provide emergency medical treatment to thousands of people and clean water to nearly 15,000 people. Medical supplies and skilled surgical staff will be delivered by the International Committee of the Red Cross;
£6 million for the Rapid Response Facility. This will allow international partners on the ground to provide clean water, health care and temporary shelter to thousands of people;
Tents for up to 7,500 people who have fled their homes. As well as protection against the elements, up to 1,500 family-sized tents will also provide women, girls and young children with some privacy. The £1 million consignment will be distributed by the International Organisation of Migration; and
£2.5 million to airlift aid workers and humanitarian supplies to those in need across the country, including through the UN’s Humanitarian Air Service.
As the crisis in South Sudan continues, latest UN figures reveal that 180,000 people have been displaced from their homes and 75,000 are sheltering in UN compounds. Many are in need to food, healthcare, shelter, clean water, sanitation and protection.
The support is in addition to the £60 million provided by the UK’s Department for International Development to South Sudan earlier in 2013.
This support is already allowing aid agencies, including ICRC, World Food Programme and UN Common Humanitarian Fund, to respond to the current crisis and provide food, medical supplies and specialist surgical staff.