A power struggle in South Sudan, which gained independence from Sudan in 2011, has swollen the number of internally displaced people by 1.4 million over the past 12 months, to 3.8 million, obliging donors to increase their support. The European Commission has released €130 million in emergency aid this year for South Sudan.The authorities in Sudan recently agreed, for the first time, to allow an aid convoy to cross into South Sudan, where around 220,000 Sudanese have fled. Sudan, however, continues to block aid to two of its own states, South Kordofan and Blue Nile, where fighting has affected around 1.1 million people since 2011.The Commission, which is the third-largest contributor to the WFP’s Sudan programme this year, has spent more than €200m on emergency-related aid in Sudan since 2011. The European Union is currently reassessing its policy towards Sudan, where a diplomatic initiative to encourage a national dialogue has made very little progress since January. Presidential elections will be held in April. The United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) is calling for a renewed effort to ease the humanitarian crises in Sudan, expressing fear that competing emergencies have reduced attention to the 4.1 million people in Sudan in need of food aid.Adnan Khan, the WFP’s director for Sudan, said during a visit to Brussels that the level of funding for the international community’s support effort for Sudan – the ‘strategic response plan’, of which the WFP’s aid is just a part – had since 2009 fallen from 70% to only 47%, a drop that he attributed largely to the number of international crises and the protracted nature of Sudan’s 11-year conflict in the western province of Darfur.The WFP’s own programme has a shortfall of 30% this year.