Commenting on the donor conference for South Sudan in Oslo, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier issued the following statement today (20 May):
The donor conference for South Sudan comes at a critical time. We must mobilise further funds in order to help people in South Sudan and avert a looming famine. To this end, we will provide a further six million euros.
It is vital for people in the country to gain access to aid supplies and seeds quickly as the rainy season has started and they must now till their fields. I urgently appeal to the conflicting parties to lay down their arms and protect the aid supplies of the international community.
Including the six million euros pledged today, Germany has made available a total of 12.5 million euros for humanitarian aid in 2014 in order to improve the situation of people in South Sudan. In addition, it has provided 1.7 million euros for refugees from South Sudan in neighbouring Uganda and Ethiopia. The funds are being used to support projects run by international and non-governmental organisations.