€2m in Irish aid pledged to vulnerable Sudan areas

The Government has pledged €2m in funding to provide life-saving food, shelter, basic health care and water to some of the most vulnerable communities in Africa.

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello, released the emergency assistance for people suffering in Sudan and South Sudan, where malnutrition rates have soared.

Some 8.5m people need urgent humanitarian assistance in both countries,with ongoing conflict driving people to flee their homes, particularly in border areas between Sudan and South Sudan.

Mr Costello said tomorrow marks the second anniversary of the independence of the Republic of South Sudan.

“It is the world’s newest state,” he said.

“While we welcome the progress made since 2011, many communities remain extremely vulnerable to disease and food shortages as a result of decades of conflict and chronic underdevelopment. More than 4m people do not have access to enough nutritious food. ”

Mr Costello said the UN estimates that 4.4m people need assistance in Sudan, with 3.5m people in Darfur in desperate need of emergency food assistance.

“While there has been progress, with 200,000 displaced people returning to their homes in Darfur, almost 1.5m people continue to live in temporary camps,” he added.

“The assistance I am announcing today will provide food, shelter, basic health-care and education to the worst-affected communities in both countries and help to safe-guard the gains made in recent years.”

Ireland has pledged €5.5m to the region so far this year through various organisations, including the United Nations’ Common Humanitarian Funds for Sudan and South Sudan.


Lifestyle

Is there a natural treatment I could use instead of steroids and antibiotic drops for dry eye?Natural health: I suffer from chronic dry eye

Denise O’Donoghue checks in with several expats affected by the cancellation of shows in BritainIrish actors on the crisis the West End theatre industry faces

This month marks four decades since the release of the classic record that would also be Ian Curtis’s final album with Joy Division. Ed Power chats to a number of Cork music fans about what it meant to themJoy Division: Forty years on from Closer

Last week, I shared my lockdown experience. I asked for a more uniform approach, should there be another lockdown. I explained that I worked mornings. Maybe I should have been more specific: working 8am to 1pm without a break, I gave feedback and covered the curriculum, using our school’s online platform. In the afternoons, I looked after my three kids (all under ten) while my husband worked. It was a challenging time for everyone and the uncertainty around what I should have been doing as a teacher made it harder.Diary of an Irish teacher: I want to get back to work. But I would like to do it safely

More From The Irish Examiner