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EU, UN give $72.8 million to Somalia, South Sudan

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The EU's Director General for International Development Cooperation Stefano Manservisi on Sunday signed a $53.7 million agreement with Somalia to strengthen governance, promote resilience and support vocational training.

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Manservisi who held talks in Mogadishu with Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and met with federal and regional leaders said the new support package comes in addition to the new support announced on May 9, on Europe Day, when the EU pledged to expand support to the education sector.

During his visit, Manservisi confirmed the EU's commitment to supporting Somalia in consolidating achievements in security, governance, productive sectors and technical cooperation.

The UN's Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided $15.5 million to support top priority humanitarian response activities in areas facing severe food insecurity in South Sudan, the UN humanitarian agency said on Sunday.

The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its latest report that the funds will also be used in famine-affected and at-risk counties, as well as those most-affected by recent conflict with high levels of displacement and new and urgent needs.

"The funds promote an integrated response to severe food insecurity, including emergency livelihoods support, along with treatment of severe and moderate acute malnutrition, emergency healthcare, increasing availability of clean water and improving hygiene," it said in its Humanitarian Bulletin.

Around 5.5 million people in South Sudan, or almost half the population, face severe hunger ahead of the lean season, which peaks in July.

Of these, more than 90,000 face starvation with famine declared in parts of former Unity state while another one million teeter on the brink.

The UN stresses that this unprecedented situation reflects the impact of ongoing strife, obstacles to delivering humanitarian assistance and declining agricultural production.

With this CERF funding, OCHA said humanitarian partners are aiming to reach an estimated 369,000 people in need in ten counties prioritized for assistance, including: Koch, Leer, Mayendit and Panyijiar in southern Unity, which have been classified as facing famine or an elevated risk of famine due to fierce and protracted conflict.


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