US$100 million released by UN chief for nine underfunded crises

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Women and children arrive in the Bentiu Protection of Civilians site for internally displaced people, in Unity State, South Sudan. Photo: UNICEF/Sebastian Rich

US$100 million has been released by the UN Secretary-General to support nine underfunded humanitarian crises.

Ban Ki-moon said the money would come from the UN's Emergency Response Fund, or CERF, which is designed to provide flexible financing for emergencies that may be overlooked.

Matthew Wells has more.

Mr Ban said that the resources would go to meet the "critical humanitarian needs" of millions forced from their homes in central and eastern Africa; specifically in South Sudan, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The other countries to receive aid in Africa are Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. All of these countries will share around US$64 million from the fund.

The money will be channelled through the UN's humanitarian partners.

A further US$28 million will be released for relief agencies addressing the needs of up to 350,000 people affected by conflict and food insecurity in Libya, Mali.

The most vulnerable of North Korea, or DPRK, will also receive emergency aid said Mr Ban.

He described the move as a sign of the UN's commitment to "leave no one behind."

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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