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Oslo hosts donor conference for South Sudan

Author : | Published: Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Donors for South Sudan in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, are urging President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar to use the agreement signed on 9th of May as a turning point to bring peace in the country.

The Norwegian Foreign Affairs Minister, Borge Brende, said it is vital that the ceasefire agreement holds and immediate practical steps are taken to ensure that aid reaches people in need.

The donor conference called for easy access of humanitarian agencies to people in need of assistance and the effective protection for emergency services.

The donors said that the leaders must stop the crisis from deteriorating into a famine.

The conference in Oslo also highlighted on the issue of widespread and systematic sexual violence in South Sudan, stating that girls and women are the greatest victims.

The UN reports that the number of people that are facing serious risk of food insecurity in South Sudan is expected to reach 4 million within seven months.

The International donors pledged more than 600 million dollars in aid to South Sudan today at a conference in Oslo aimed at averting a famine threatening millions of lives.

However Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende said this figure is less compared to the United Nations appeal, which amounts to 1.27 billion US dollars.

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