Support for the population

Team of German experts back in South Sudan

Minister Müller: "We are sending a clear signal of support"

Refugee camp in South Sudan

29.04.2014 |

Berlin/Juba – For the first time since fighting broke out in South Sudan a team of German experts is back in the field. The team’s task is to initiate and imple­ment the additional support measures that Federal Minister Müller promised during his visit at the end of March.

"Our team of experts will be actively involved in providing vital support for the people in South Sudan," Müller said. "The dramatic situ­a­tion in South Sudan demands that we act immediately. A third of the popu­la­tion is in acute danger of starvation. The situ­a­tion is par­tic­u­lar­ly bad in the make­shift refugee camps. That is why the World Food Programme is now to receive, as had been announced, ten million euros to provide food for the refugees. With our agree­ment, the WFP has already made a start on procuring food for this purpose, in order to be in a position to help the refugees as quickly as possible. With the help of our funds, the African Medical Research Foundation will be able to secure basic medical care for about 160,000 people. With this contribu­tion we are sending a clear and quick signal of support to the many people suffering great hardship in South Sudan and are facing up to our humanitarian responsibilities."

Federal De­vel­op­ment Minister Gerd Müller was in South Sudan on 26 and 27 March to see for himself the situ­a­tion on the ground. His visit was the first by a member of a European gov­ern­ment since the latest crisis began. While there he promised 17.5 million euros to support the refugees.

Following the evacuation of seconded experts from the Deutsche Gesell­schaft für Inter­natio­nale Zusammen­arbeit (GIZ) and KfW Entwicklungs­bank when the violent outbreaks began in December 2013, de­vel­op­ment policy activities had been left to rest. Last Thursday (24 April) the German govern­ment’s crisis unit gave its approval for a core team to be sent to South Sudan under high security provisions.

The eight-strong team of experts will have the task of redirecting projects in the ag­ri­cul­tur­al sector that are of a more long-term nature so that they can benefit those in need right now.

Examples of such measures are the distribution of seeds and agri­cul­tur­al imple­ments, and the building of sanitation facilities. These measures and other activities will be financed via a "quick response fund" stocked with five million euros from previous commit­ments that have now been reprogrammed. This fund will also be used to support measures being carried out by non-govern­mental organisations working in South Sudan.

A further 7.5 million euros will go to non-govern­mental organisations that are already active in South Sudan and that have good access to broad sections of the popu­la­tion.

The people in South Sudan urgently need support through de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion and humanitarian assistance. There are now more than one million displaced persons in South Sudan – that is almost one in every ten citizens. More than half the popu­la­tion lives in extreme pov­er­ty, fewer than one in four has proper access to drinking water.

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