Nations double South Sudan refugee aid to $1.2 bln

AP News
Posted: May 20, 2014 12:05 PM

STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Norway says wealthy nations attending a fund-raising conference for South Sudan have doubled their aid commitment to $1.2 billion for the world's youngest country, but the United Nations says more is needed to supply hundreds of thousands of refugees with food and shelter.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende, whose country hosted the 50-nation conference alongside the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, says he is pleased with Tuesday's announcement of $606 million in additional aid on top of previous commitments.

The United States committed $290 million, Britain $101 million, the European Union $76 million, Norway $63 million and Qatar $10 million.

Aid agencies say more than 300,000 South Sudan refugees have crossed into Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda. The UN has set a fund-raising target of $1.8 billion.