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EU announces aid to South Sudanese refugees

EU announces aid to South Sudanese refugees

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The European Union has pledged an emergency donation of about 78 million euros to humanitarian organisations working in South Sudan and Uganda.

The EU Humanitarian Commissioner for refugees Christos Stylianides, made the announcement Friday while visiting the Bidi Bidi refugee camp.

He also thanked the Ugandan government for the warm welcome given to refugees fleeing fighting in war-torn South Sudan.

“I want to encourage Uganda to keep its generosity and open policy towards refugees. It’s an exceptional case of a country which has opened the doors for refugees and not treating them badly,” EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner, Christos Stylannides said.

The funds are expected to be used to ensure that the refugees have access to lodging and basic necessities.

Some 210,000 refugees live in the Bidi Bidi camp considered the third largest refugee camp in the world.

An estimated 2000 to 3000 refugees arrive at the Bidi Bidi camp everyday.

The European Union’s donation is by far the biggest donation to help those suffering in South Sudan.

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