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Britain pledges $100 million for South Sudan humanitarian aid
May 20, 2014 / 11:16 AM / in 4 years

Britain pledges $100 million for South Sudan humanitarian aid

OSLO (Reuters) - Britain is pledging 60 million pounds to help alleviate a humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, the government said on Tuesday, amid expectations conflict in the world’s youngest nation will worsen in the months ahead.

Children displaced by fighting in Bor rest upon arriving in Mingkaman refugee camp March 24, 2014. According to UNICEF, with more than 375,000 South Sudanese children displaced, it will continue to focus on the delivery of life-saving interventions - in nutrition, water, sanitation, and vaccination and is investing in providing support for separated children, access to education and a protective environment for all children. REUTERS/Kate Holt/UNICEF/Handout

Britain is one of South Sudan’s main Western sponsors, with Norway and the United States. Norway pledged $63 million in aid to South Sudan on Monday, and is hosting an international conference to raise more money on May 19-20 in Oslo.

The new funding brings London’s support for South Sudan since the start of the crisis in December 2013 to around 93 million pounds. Britain said its money would be distributed via agencies in South Sudan, including the World Food Programme and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

South Sudan became independent from Sudan in 2011. Fighting among various factions there has curbed oil production, vital for its economy.

Reporting by Gwladys Fouche; Editing by Larry King

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