Aid agencies appeal for $1.72 billion
By Kidega Livingstone
Aid agencies operating in the Country has launched an appeal for $ 1.72 billion to provide critical life-saving assistances.
According to the aid agencies officials, over 6 million people affected by the conflict that resulted into displacement, hunger and a deteriorating economy need urgent assistance.
The Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan Alain Noudehou said that the appeal was to continue providing live saving assistance and protection.
“There is a growing need for humanitarian assistances with displacement, food insecurity, malnutrition, violence and economic decline taking a tool on the health, safety and livelihoods of people in need,” said Noudehou.
“We are calling for US dollar 1.72 billion to continue providing life-saving assistances and protection for six million people most in need in South Sudan,” he added.
He emphasized that centrality of protection of vulnerable groups especially women and children is in response plan.
Since the conflict began in December 2013, about four million people have been forced to flee their homes including 1.9million people who have been internally displaced and about 2.1 million fled as refugees to neighboring countries.
The United Nation Agencies reported that as conflict continues in some parts of the Country, the rate of hunger and malnutrition have risen and food security partners report the risk of famine for most vulnerable if early actions are not taken.
Earlier this year, according to South Sudan Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) an earlier than normal start of less season will result in an estimated 5.1 million (48 per cent of the total population) being classified as severely food insecure between January to March 2018.
Humanitarian Organizations continue to reach millions of people in need across the Country.
Last year as of the end of November, aid agencies had reached more than 5.1 million people with assistance and protection since the beginning of the year.