"The Contribution of UK Troops In South Sudan Is Absolutely EssentiaI"

70 out of a planned 400 troops have been deployed to South Sudan, to help with one of the worst humanitarian crises in decades.

70 Royal Engineers have been deployed to South Sudan, to help with one of the worst humanitarian crises in decades. 

The Engineers are currently working to establish a base there, and prepare for future deployments of troops to the country.

They are also working alongside the UN and other troop deploying countries to recognise what needs to be done. 

International Development Minister James Wharton visited South Sudan last month to see the humanitarian crisis there for himself:

 "I saw huge amounts of people displaced from their homes, I saw the scale of the challenge in meeting basic humanitarian needs".

The number of troops deployed to South Sudan is expected to rise from 70 to 400.

Mr. Wharton believes that these UK troops will bring world leading expertise, discipline and experience of working in challenging environments.

"Because we have some of the best Armed Forces in the world we make a real high level of contribution".

Wharton also explained that the reason the deployment has been such a slow process is due to ensuring facilities are as they should be and that the correct equipment is there so the military are able to get on with the jobs they have been sent there to do.

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Whilst in Sudan Wharton said he had many frank discussions with government organisations as they need to provide support to enable vital work to be carried out.

"I am confident that we will be able to make a very significant contribution... helping some of those people who have been so badly affected".


South Sudan Famine
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 In regards to whether troops will be deployed to any other areas of Africa, Mr. Wharton said that he is unable to predict the future but he believes it is important that the UK continues to play a global role and that we step up and meet our global obligations where humanitarian crises arise and where there is a difference we can make. 

"I recognise that we have some of the best and most highly trained Armed Forces in the world and there is a contribution we can make that many others cannot".