Scottish Government donates £250,000 in aid to South Sudan food emergency.
The funds will be sent to organizations working in the African country, which is facing hunger as a result of war, climate change, and Covid-19.
People with disabilities will get emergency food, seed kits, field crops, and agricultural training from the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) and Christian Aid.
Money from the government’s Humanitarian Emergency Fund will also be utilized to raise awareness and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
South Sudan is seeing its worst levels of food shortages and malnutrition since its independence a decade ago, according to the UN.
“The situation in South Sudan is dire, and we stand ready to act when faced with such an urgent emergency,” said International Development Minister Jenny Gilruth.
“We know that over 7 million people, or more than half of the population, are hungry, and the Humanitarian Emergency Fund can help.
“The Scottish Government is determined to fulfilling its duty as a responsible and caring global citizen, and this assistance will support people who are in dire need,” said the minister.
“We are delighted to be a member of the Scottish Government’s Humanitarian Emergency Fund,” said SCIAF chief executive Alistair Dutton.
“With this money, we will be able to provide emergency meals to individuals with disabilities in South Sudan.
“We’re collaborating with our local partners to offer critical seed kits and field crops, as well as agricultural training, to help families weather the storm and create a brighter future.”