• The humanitarian community in South Sudan is appealing for US$1.72 billion to provide critical and life-saving assistance to 6 million people in South Sudan.
• The Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan welcomes news of the safe return of the six aid workers who went missing in Western Bahr el Ghazal region.
• Humanitarian partners support closure of Melut Protection of Civilians site and voluntary return of IDPs from Bor PoC site.
• Dozens of people reportedly killed in inter-communal fighting in Rumbek Centre and Tonj East counties.
South Sudan: Aid agencies appeal for $1.72 billion to assist 6 million people amidst rising needs
The humanitarian community in South Sudan has launched an appeal for US$1.72 billion to provide critical and life-saving assistance to 6 million people affected by conflict, displacement, hunger and a deteriorating economy. “There is a growing need for humanitarian assistance with displacement, food insecurity, malnutrition, violence and economic decline taking a toll on the health, safety and livelihoods of people in need,” said Alain Noudéhou, the Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan. “We are calling for US$1.72 billion to continue providing life-saving assistance and protection for 6 million people most in need in South Sudan.” Mr. Noudéhou emphasized the centrality of protection of vulnerable groups, especially women and children, in the response plan. Since the conflict began in December 2013, about 4 million people have been forced to flee their homes, including 1.9 million people who have been internally displaced and about 2.1 million who have fled as refugees to neighbouring countries.
As the conflict continues in some parts of the country, rates of hunger and malnutrition have risen, and food security partners report the risk of famine for the most vulnerable, if early actions are not taken.
According to the South Sudan Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), an earlier than normal start of the lean season will result in an estimated 5.1 million people (48 per cent of the total population) being classified as severely food insecure between January-March 2018.
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