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US sending $22m more to aid S Sudan

11 July 2014, 10:11

Washington - The US is sending an additional $22m in humanitarian assistance to refugees and people displaced by the violence in South Sudan.

The state department announced the new aid on Thursday, saying that with the latest funding, the US is providing more than $456m this fiscal year to those affected by the crisis in South Sudan.

South Sudan was plunged into violence in December when President Salva Kiir accused former vice president Riek Machar of attempting a coup. Thousands have died and more than 1.3 million people have fled their homes since the conflict erupted.

The latest US contribution will allow international and nongovernmental organisations to provide access to clean water, food, health care, household items, job training, gender-based violence prevention and programs for child protection.

- AP


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