Leaked document: UK to cut South Sudan’s financial assistance by 59 percent

Boris Johnson. Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe /Getty Images

Juba, March 5, 2021 (SSNA) — The government of the United Kingdom is prepared to dramatically reduce its yearly financial aid to South Sudan by 59%, a document leaked to the Britain media and seen by the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) shows.

The Britain media says Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan to gut humanitarian assistance to some of the world’s poorest countries was put in place in February this year.

South Sudan along with Somalia, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lebanon, and Syria top the list of nations likely to lose significant portions of their financial aid.

The government lays out in the document that it proposed to cut financial assistance to South Sudan by 59%, Syria 67%, the Democratic Republic of Congo 60%, Nigeria 58%, Lebanon 88%, and Somalia 60%.

The report also says that many members of the UK parliament and humanitarian organizations criticize the government proposal, saying aid cuts would ring unnecessary suffering to people of targeted countries.

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