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Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

April 01, 2014 10:12 ET

Minister Paradis Announces Increased Humanitarian Assistance, and Food Security and Livelihood Support to South Sudan

Canada actively involved in supporting the crisis-afflicted people of South Sudan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 1, 2014) - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Today, Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced additional support to the people of South Sudan in response to the escalation of violence in several regions of the country since December 2013.

The security situation in South Sudan remains deeply concerning, with reports of continued fighting, attacks on civilians and ethnic violence. Those affected by the crisis are in dire need of protection, food, health care, shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene services.

"Canada continues to respond to the increasing needs in South Sudan," said Minister Paradis. "People who have been forced to flee their homes urgently need support. Canada's assistance will enable experienced humanitarian partners to deliver essential, lifesaving services on the ground, including increasing food production to stave off famine. Canada is particularly troubled by the impact of this crisis on women and children, and we are responding with specific protection measures for displaced people who have suffered from sexual and gender-based violence."

To address the needs of the displaced and in response to appeals from the United Nations, the International Red Cross Movement and Canadian non-governmental organizations, Canada is providing $24.85 million to experienced humanitarian partners already operating on the ground. In addition to emergency assistance, Canada is providing $51.5 million to help the people of South Sudan address longer-term food security and livelihoods needs, which will help to avert potential famine this year and reduce pressure on emergency food assistance requirements.

Canada calls on all parties to the conflict to provide immediate unhindered humanitarian access and allow for the safe delivery of emergency relief to those in need. We will continue to closely monitor the evolving situation.

Quick Facts

  • The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates that since December 2013, the conflict has forced more than 925,000 people from their homes, including more than 700,000 within South Sudan.
  • More than 250,000 South Sudanese have sought protection in neighbouring countries: Kenya, Uganda, Sudan and Ethiopia.
  • To date in 2014, Canada has committed more than $24.8 million in humanitarian assistance to South Sudan through United Nations humanitarian partners, the International Red Cross Movement, and Canadian non-governmental organizations.

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BACKGROUNDER

Canada increasing its humanitarian assistance to the people of South Sudan

Canada is providing an additional $24.85 million to address the increased humanitarian needs of people affected by recent violence in South Sudan.
The funding will be provided through the following partners:

- United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) - $11 million

Canada's contribution will help provide:

  • emergency food assistance to as many as 75,000 recently displaced South Sudanese in various United Nations bases throughout the country, and for as many as 200,000 Sudanese refugees currently displaced in South Sudan; and
  • specialized nutritional support for new mothers and young children, including supplemental food for pregnant and lactating women.

- United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) - $3 million

Canada's contribution will help provide:

  • emergency support to more than 230,000 internally displaced persons and more than 229,000 refugees in South Sudan;
  • shelter (tents and plastic sheeting) for as many as 5,000 families, and relief items (e.g., blankets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, jerry cans, hygiene materials) to as many as 75,000 internally displaced persons; and
  • support to refugees who are survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, as well as specific protection activities for displaced children.

- International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) - $2.5 million

Canada's contribution will help provide:

  • access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities for as many as 250,000 people;
  • food rations for one month for as many as 60,000 displaced people and returnees;
  • emergency shelter and other basic relief items for as many as 72,000 beneficiaries;
  • medical supplies, equipment, vaccinations and training for three health facilities, including one hospital; and
  • protection services to survivors of sexual violence and reunification support to reunite minors with their families.

- International Organization for Migration (IOM) - $2 million

Canada's contribution will help ensure that:

  • all internally displaced persons are registered, and appropriate needs assessments have been conducted; and
  • up to 75,000 people seeking refuge on United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) bases are provided with appropriate shelter, basic household items (cooking utensils, water containers, etc.), and access to safe water and adequate sanitation facilities.

- United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) - $2 million

Canada's contribution will help provide:

  • safe, reliable air service to more than 27 locations, enabling more than 200 humanitarian agencies to access remote communities in need of assistance;
  • timely medical and security evacuations for humanitarian workers in remote locations; and
  • transportation of light, essential humanitarian supplies to remote locations to be used in urgently needed relief operations.

- Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) - $500,000

Canada's contribution will help provide:

  • coordination and support services, including emergency preparedness, to more than 320 members of the humanitarian community operating in South Sudan, including UN agencies, and national and international non-governmental organizations;
  • improved humanitarian access through monitoring, reporting and advocacy efforts, with specific focus on issues of bureaucratic impediments and other challenges for humanitarian partners; and
  • improved communications tools and increased surge capacity in key states.

- Médecins Sans Frontières Canada - $1 million

Canada's contribution will help provide:

  • emergency health care in Warrap state and the Abyei administrative area through mobile health clinics, and emergency obstetric services and emergency health care for as many as 1,600 pregnant women;
  • emergency vaccines and supplemental food for treating malnutrition for as many as 40,000 conflict-affected people; and
  • training and staff support to increase the capacity of the Agok hospital to respond to emergencies.

- World Relief Canada - $1.5 million

Canada's contribution will help provide:

  • safe drinking water through the construction of 14 new water points and 14 rehabilitated water points, serving as many as 14,000 people and close to 2,500 households in Jonglei state;
  • sanitation facilities through the construction of 300 household latrines for conflict-affected people;
  • training for 6 hand pump mechanics and 14 water committees on maintenance, repair and testing of water points; and
  • increased access to relief items (e.g., tarps, soap, mosquito nets) for 750 vulnerable households.

- World Vision Canada - $1.35 million

Canada's contribution will help provide:

  • safe drinking water through the construction of 9 new water points in 7 health facilities and rehabilitating 15 boreholes for more than 12,400 people in Warrap state;
  • training for 24 water committees to manage, operate and maintain new water points and 6 blocks of latrines in 4 communities, benefiting more than 900 people;
  • support and training to 5 community hygiene promoters and conducting 5 sanitation and hygiene training sessions; and
  • emergency food assistance through the provision of supplemental feeding to close to 9,500 children under the age of 5 and to approximately 1,900 malnourished pregnant or lactating women.

Food security and livelihoods

Canada is also helping the people of South Sudan to address the worsening food security situation and pressing livelihoods needs by supporting the following development projects:

  • Farm-to-market roads in South Sudan - $20 million over four years, with the United Nations World Food Programme
    The project will focus on the construction of as much as 140 km of roads, which will support the timely and efficient delivery of food assistance and provide farmers with easier access to markets for their crops in stable areas of the country.
  • Improving fisheries in South Sudan - $11.5 million over five years, with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization
    This project aims to respond to increasing food needs in South Sudan by improving fish harvests and supporting river-based livelihoods in communities along the Nile River.
  • Food for work to build community assets - $20 million over three years with the United Nations World Food Programme
    Through this project, beneficiaries will participate in food-for-work activities to build community assets such as irrigation networks and food-storage facilities. In the short term, it will address immediate hunger needs. In the long term, the assets that are built will help improve agricultural production for as many as 450,000 people.

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