Sunday December 10, 2017

US pledges $ 83 million to help IDPs in South Sudan

Yoal Manyang

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JUBA – The Government of United States of America announced on Tuesday an $ 83 million US dollar for the humanitarian assistant to the most affected people by the conflict in and outside South Sudan.
Nancy Lindbork Assistant administrator USIAD Bureau of Democracy, conflict and humanitarian assistant (/DCHA) addressing the Journalist in Juba on Tuesday said that: “today the United State is announcing the additional $83 million US dollars for humanitarian assistant particularly to assist in the current crisis”.
 
“As you are all aware that more 700,000 people who are newly displaced within South Sudan because of the crisis that erupted since December, the funding we are providing today will help provide urgently needed food, medical supply, hygiene kids, shelter the kind of assistant that will help people survive in the current crisis” Lindbork said. 

She added that there is a looming crisis of food insecurity with over a million of people who are currently in desperate need of food who where affected by the conflict and the flood. There is also a great need of help to those who are hosting the displaced people in the community.
 
“We need to reach this people immediately and that require humanitarian access and the need for the United Nations and both International and National NGOS to reach this people through all mean possible, we are very grateful that the route from Gambella in Ethiopia has recently been opened up, its also imperative to use all mean to allow humanitarian aids workers to use the roads, to use the rivers to be able to reach this people without harassment by any side” Nancy added. 

Meanwhile Catherine Wiesner Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of Population, refugees and US department of State said that apart from this funding include $15 million US dollar specifically from the US department of Population, Refugees and Migration for the UNHCR to assist about 250,000 people who flee the country to the Neighboring countries. 

“this cover the programs for Refugees in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and in Sudan, refugees continues to arrive every day to these countries as the daily numbers are increasing, they have seen more arrival this month and last month more than a thousand per day, its tragedy for the nation like South Sudan who have seen recently people returning for the hope to rebuild their nation” Said Wiesner.

She added that we thanks the neighboring countries who open their doors to the refugees, recognizing that this is strength.
“I have also noted that there is high number of unaccompanied and separated children among the refugees population, Kakuma camp now hosting 14,000 unaccompanied and separate children this mean that they have arrived alone or separated from their parent” Catherine said. 

The US will give this fund to the humanitarian agencies to save life in South Sudan and in refugees camps.

The Upper Nile Times

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