UN seeks 1.7 billion USD to feed 6.8 million South Sudanese
By Deng Machol
Juba, South Sudan – The United Nations relief agency on Thursday appealed for 1.7 billion U.S. dollars to address the humanitarian needs of 6.8 million most vulnerable South Sudanese in 2022 as a new wet season looms.
Sara Beysolow Nyanti, the humanitarian coordinator for South Sudan said some 8.9 million people in South Sudan are estimated to have significant humanitarian needs in 2022.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) called on donors to fund the South Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan for 2022/2023 to help the affected populations with urgent life-saving assistance and protection.
“We estimate that 8.9 million people in South Sudan have significant humanitarian needs. The cumulative and compounding effects of years of climate related shocks such as flooding and drought, conflict and subnational violence have destroyed people’s homes and livelihoods, robbing them of the future they deserve,” said Nyanti in the press statement seen by the PAV.
Flooding and displacement in South Sudan are expected to worsen when the wet season begins in around a month, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, warned on Tuesday.
“Yet, throughout these shocks, the affected communities have continued to demonstrate a great sense of resilience, solidarity and creativity. I call on the Government, development partners, donors and humanitarian organizations to match their solidarity with unwavering support,” the Humanitarian Coordinator added.
It warned that an estimated 8.3 million people, including refugees, are expected to experience severe food insecurity by the peak of the lean season from May to July.
According to UN agency, there are over two million people displaced in South Sudan, many of whom have been displaced for years.
OCHA said large-scale flooding for the fourth year in a row is expected, with the destruction and displacement that comes with it.
The UN said more than 5.3 million people were assisted with food, health, water and sanitation, education, livelihoods, nutrition as well as critical protection services in the country in 2021.
The 2022/2023 Plan reflects the humanitarian commitment to protect vulnerable people, especially women and girls, the elderly and those with ability challenges, according to Nyanti.
“Sexual and other forms of violence continue to be a major problem in South Sudan, thus, protection is at the centre of everything we do,” said Nyanti. A collective response to prevent and respond to violence, especially against women and girls, is essential.”
Ms. Nyanti called on all parties to ensure a peaceful environment for civilians where humanitarian organisations have consistent, unimpeded and safe access to the people in need