UN In USD 1.1 Billion Humanitarian Appeal for South Sudan

The conflict has forced nearly 200,000 people from their homes.
The conflict has forced nearly 200,000 people from their homes.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs requires USD 1.1 Billion as an immediate intervention to counter the crisis in south Sudan.

Out of the total South Sudan funding requirement, Aid agencies need USD 209 million for the immediate crisis. Of this USD 43 million has already been secured and USD 166 million is now needed for the response from January to March 2014.

The funding will be used to cover the cost of camp management, food and livelihoods, health services, shelter, protection, water, sanitation and hygiene, and the ongoing response to refugees already living in South Sudan.

The humanitarian situation in South Sudan has deteriorated sharply since 15 December 2013, when violence erupted in the capital Juba and quickly spread, affecting mainly six of the country’s ten states.

Up to 200,000 people have been forced to flee their homes, including some 70,000 seeking shelter in UN peacekeeping bases, according to figures by the United Nations. It is expected that needs will
escalate further in the coming weeks.

An earlier statement by the UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos indicates that UN-OCHA intends to reach over 600,000 in the first three months of this year.

This as talks between South Sudanese rebels and a government started on Tuesday in Ethiopia to try to end fighting that has left the world’s newest state on the brink of civil war.

The talks will focus on brokering a ceasefire to halt three weeks of ethnic violence that has killed at least a thousand people.

The fighting, often along ethnic fault lines, has pitted President Salva Kiir’s SPLA government forces against rebels loyal to former vice president Riek Machar.

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