$600m pledged for humanitarian aid in South Sudan

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Valerie Amos. UN Photo/Violaine Martin

Six hundred million dollars has been pledged by the international community to scale up the humanitarian response to the South Sudan crisis.

The pledges were made at a conference hosted by Norway in collaboration with the UN Humanitarian Office (OCHA).

Speaking as chair of the conference, Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said the pledges "once paid" will translate into "life-saving relief to the most vulnerable people in South Sudan," and those who have fled to neighbouring countries.

OCHA said that "violence and fear" have forced over 1.3 million people from their homes since fighting began in December last year.

The UN and its humanitarian partners need a total of $1.8 billion to implement their response plan for 2014.

Earlier this month, the President of South Sudan and the leader of the rebels signed an agreement to stop fighting, but violence has continued.

Sophie Outhwaite, United Nations

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