CERF gives $20 million for Sudanese refugees in South Sudan
19 July 2012: Large numbers of Sudanese refugees continue to enter South Sudan as they flee fighting and food shortages in Sudan’s Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan States. Humanitarian partners are concerned with the increase in disease incidence, including malaria and respiratory track infections, in refugee camps. These partners seek to expand health services and communications campaigns to ensure improved hygiene standards and the early detection of disease in refugee camps. The situation is compounded by a lack of potable water and worsening living conditions due to torrential rains and several influxes of refugees .
In response, the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided US$20 million to four UN agencies and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
CERF in Action - Rapid Response
CERF allocates $20 million for Underfunded Emergency in South Sudan
1 March 2012: The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocated more than $US20 million to four UN agencies and IOM to ensure that people displaced by communal violence and armed conflict, refugees and newly arriving returnees receive essential, life-saving humanitarian assistance.
UN agencies will be supported by CERF to provide temporary shelter to returnees in transit, as well as protection, water and sanitation, Non-Food Items (NFIs) and livelihood assistance. The humanitarian situation in South Sudan has recently deteriorated due to a combination of political-economic shocks, increased conflict and displacement and worsening food insecurity.
High numbers of South Sudanese are returning in large numbers to the country from Sudan, with up to 500,000 South Sudanese expected to return by April 2012. These factors have compounded existing vulnerabilities, putting millions of South Sudanese at risk.