Korea to Give $1 Million in Aid to South Sudan

The Korean government will provide US$1 million worth of humanitarian assistance to South Sudan, where Korean peacekeeping troops face an intensifying civil war, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.

According to the UN, around 189,000 refugees have fled fighting between government troops supporting the incumbent president and rebels backing the former leader, with 62,000 of them staying at temporary shelters provided by the UN.

Last month, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs asked the international community to provide $160 million in emergency funding.

The $1 million will be used by the World Food Programme, UNICEF and UNHCR to provide food, drinking water and temporary shelters for the refugees.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 07, 2014 12:34 KST