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Humanitarian Emergency Fund

Published: 17 Jul 2018 09:48

Support for aid projects in Syria, Yemen and South Sudan.

People being impacted by three separate conflicts are to be assisted by emergency aid from the Scottish Government.

A total of £300,000 from the Humanitarian Emergency Fund (HEF) has been made available to help alleviate suffering in Syria, Yemen and South Sudan / northern Uganda, with up to £100,000 allocated to each of the three crises.

The funding will be routed through aid agencies on the ground who are best placed to identify how to target resources to make the greatest impact.

External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop said:

“The conflicts in Syria, Yemen and South Sudan have caused terrible suffering. It has led to the large scale displacement of local populations, with severe humanitarian consequences and an urgent need for assistance from the rest of the world.

“We want Scotland to be a good global citizen and our Humanitarian Emergency Fund aims to provide emergency life-saving aid to those most in need.

“Our HEF panel member agencies are ready to provide in-country support to the innocent people caught up in these conflicts, many of whom are children. This financial support will help to provide much needed assistance.”

Background

The Humanitarian Emergency Fund provides immediate aid in the aftermath of a crisis.

The HEF panel is made up of eight leading humanitarian aid organisations in Scotland who advise and access the Fund: Tearfund, Oxfam, Save the Children, British Red Cross, SCIAF, Mercy Corps, Mission Aviation Fellowship, and Christian Aid.