Norway: South Sudan crisis is man-made, government must act

Abuja - Canada will provide $119.25 million humanitarian crises response to Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen.

The statement revealed that earlier this month, the United Nations appealed for humanitarian aid urgently, saying that this is the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of the Second World War. Somalia, itself roiled by decades of conflict, is facing mass hunger due to drought that was declared a national disaster on February 28.

Protracted conflict lies at the root of these humanitarian crises.

According to UNICEF, more than 5 million people in South Sudan don't have access to safe, clean water, compounding the country's problems of starvation and civil war.

"The funding announced will help provide life-saving assistance to crisis-affected people in these countries and will take into account the specific needs of women and children".

The Canadian government urged all recipient states to provide safe and immediate access for humanitarian workers and "allow them to do their work".

The world has got just three to four months to save millions of people in Yemen and Somalia from starvation, as drought and war wreck crops and block aid across the region, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Wednesday.

The announcement, it stated, was made by Canada's Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Mr. Ahmed Hussen, on behalf of the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau.

"We need to do more", said Carter, "we are responding to the needs of 16 million people and he went on to say that governments and individuals can play their part in helping those who are suffering".

From the total, 100 million euros will be allocated to help responses to the crisis in South Sudan and an influx of its refugees to neighboring countries, the European Union said Monday in an emailed statement.

  • Joanne Flowers