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Tue, 08 Jul, 2014 02:40:27 AM
FTimes Report, July 8
File picture of a family stand outside their home outside the town of Leer, South Sudan, after receiving aid package, on July 5, 2014. Photo AFP-Lehtikuva.
Finland has decided to increase its humanitarian assistance to South Sudan by 4 million euros, according to a press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 
As a result of the crisis in South Sudan, 1.5 million people have had to leave their homes. Almost 400,000 of them have fled to neighbouring countries, said the release issued on Monday. 
There are 3.8 million people in need of assistance, and the risk of famine is great in the crisis-ridden country.
“The humanitarian situation is alarming and worsening. If the violence does not stop and a political solution to the crisis is not found, the consequences will be catastrophic,” said Development Minister Pekka Haavisto.
Of Finland’s support, 2 million euros is channelled to the International Committee of the Red Cross and 500,000 euros to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies via the Finnish Red Cross, 1.2 million euros to the World Food Programme (WFP), 200,000 euros through Finn Church Aid and 100,000 euros through Fida, said the release. 
The donation brings the humanitarian assistance granted by Finland this year to 8.8 million euros.
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