International Development Minister Ben Macpherson has announced that three aid agencies will share £300,000 for emergency response projects to aid families in Syria, Yemen and South Sudan.
The Humanitarian Emergency Fund panel has recommended the Scottish Government award £100,000 each to three projects: British Red Cross (Syria), Mercy Corps (Yemen) and Tearfund (South Sudan).
Mr Macpherson said:
“The Scottish Government is deeply concerned by the ongoing humanitarian crises unfolding in South Sudan, Yemen and Syria. That is why we have allocated £300,000 of funding to agencies working in those countries.
“As an outward-looking, compassionate nation, we will do all that we can to help those that are experiencing unimaginable suffering and who require urgent food, sanitation and health support.”
In Syria, hostilities between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and armed opposition groups have resulted in almost 325,000 individuals displaced and in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. This is the largest and fastest displacement in the history of the Syria Crisis. With 270,000 people with little to no access to food, clean water, shelter and medical care.
Marie Hayes, British Red Cross, Director Scotland Independent Living and Crisis Response said:
“Each week Red Crescent drivers deliver more than seventy truck-loads of water to people on the move who are living in makeshift camps and shelters and this will continue until people settle into more permanent locations. The grant will also support up to 350 Red Crescent volunteers to deliver vital humanitarian services such as water and sanitation, health, shelter and psychosocial support to those displaced.“
The conflict in Yemen is in its fourth year and is having severe humanitarian consequences upon the Yemeni population of 27.6 Million. According to the UNHCR, 85,000 people have been displaced in Yemen countrywide since December 2017. Immediate needs identified for affected populations include emergency latrines, tents or shelter kits, non-food items (dignity kits, hygiene kits, kitchen sets, bedding), food baskets, access to safe water, and protection support.
Mercy Corps Europe Director of Programmes, Michael McKean said:
“Mercy Corps Europe is extremely grateful for the support of the Scottish Government to provide access to clean water to vulnerable conflict affected households in Hudaydah, Yemen. This life-saving support is of great importance to provide both dignity and lifesaving water to 42,000 people who have been forced to flee their homes following ongoing conflict.”
Violent conflict erupted between the Government and armed opposition groups in South Sudan in December 2013. More than 7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection in South Sudan itself, and around 2.5 million refugees in neighbouring countries require assistance.
Lynne Paterson, Tearfund Scotland Director said:
“South Sudan is among the neediest places in the world right now. In the communities where we are working, availability of food is severely limited due to prolonged conflict, economic instability, disruption of livelihoods and poor harvests. This emergency funding from the Scottish Government will help us support the most vulnerable households with food assistance so they can provide for their families in the midst of what are extremely challenging circumstances. We are thankful to the Scottish Government for recognising the extent of the need and enabling us to bring help and hope where it is needed most.”
Food distribution pic courtesy of Syrian Arab Red Crescent