Govt grants additional €500k to GOAL for South Sudan relief

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) today said it has allocated €500,000 to GOAL to help them respond to the urgent needs of tens of thousands of refugees in the Maban region of South Sudan.

This funding is in addition to an initial €200,000 provided to GOAL by Irish Aid for the same crisis in December, the DFA said.

GOAL is currently implementing an emergency programme to support a growing displaced population in Maban County in Upper Nile State, where refugee numbers are expected to reach 75,000 over the coming weeks.

Recent conflict in the nearby Blue Nile State, which has caused this crisis, has the potential to destabilise the fragile peace between Sudan and South Sudan.

Meanwhile it was revealed that GOAL has provided emergency funding of €20,000 for its Honduras country programme, in response to the fire last week in the state prison of Comayagua, in which an estimated 356 people lost their lives.

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