In response to the UK Government’s announcement to give an additional £200 million in aid to help prevent famine in South Sudan and Somalia, Oxfam’s Chief Executive, Mark Goldring, said: “We welcome this additional funding which will certainly make a difference to the dire humanitarian crises in South Sudan and Somalia.
“In South Sudan half country is expected to be affected by extreme hunger by July. Millions of people have been pushed to the brink and desperately need help. In Somalia, over six million people are in need of emergency food aid and the country is only weeks away from famine.
“Others must now follow the UK’s lead and provide more funding, to help prevent these crises from turning into catastrophes.
“We believe that Yemen and Nigeria are also on the brink of famine. In all four countries, we need urgent action to increase emergency funding and ensure greater access for humanitarian agencies so we can get help to all those that desperately need it."
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Oxfam spokespeople are available. To arrange an interview please contact: Sarah Dransfield on 01865 472269 / 07884 114825
In South Sudan we are currently helping 425,000 people with humanitarian assistance.
An assessment mission has been in Somalia and Oxfam is planning to launch a humanitarian response as soon as possible.
In Yemen we are helping over 1 million people. In Nigeria we have helped nearly 140,000 and are opening up new areas of work to reach more displaced people.