Australia commits extra $7.8m humanitarian aid to South Sudan

Foreign minister Julie Bishop says the money will help 270,000 refugees who have fled the fighting

Australian Associated Press

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In this photo taken Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 and released by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), civilians fleeing violence seek refuge at the UNMISS compound in Bor, capital of Jonglei state, in South Sudan.(Photo: AP)

April 11, 2014 (Nyamilepedia) — Australia will provide an extra $7.8 million for South Sudan communities confronting the dire humanitarian crisis.

Foreign minister Julie Bishop said that would take Australian aid to South Sudan to $50 million.

She said Australian money would provide life-saving assistance, with $5 million for food and logistics through the UN World Food Program.

The remaining $2.8 million will go to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for shelter, healthcare, food, water and sanitation for the estimated 270,000 South Sudanese who have fled to neighbouring countries to escape the fighting that has torn the young country apart.

“Australia continues to call on all parties to immediately honour their commitments to halt hostilities and to begin an inclusive, peaceful political dialogue,” she said in a statement.

A small number of Australian defence peacekeepers are working with the UN Mission in South Sudan.

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