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UNICEF seeks $88.4m to aid S. Sudan children in crisis

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By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

January 25, 2013 (KAMPALA) – The United Nation Children’s Fund South Sudan is seeking donor support of up to US$88.4 million to help meet the needs of close to three million vulnerable women and children affected by conflict and displacement in the newly independent nation.

Without funding support the agency says it will be unable to continue its emergency humanitarian assistance for child health, water, sanitation and hygiene programs, targeted at stemming the country’s continuing nutrition crisis.

The agency says spending will be focused on these key areas, with a planned $22.3 million needed for nutrition, $21.6 million for water, sanitation and hygiene and $18.1 million for health.

The situation in South Sudan was highlighted in a report as part of UNICEF’s global launch of Humanitarian Action for Children for 2013 in Geneva on Friday, where it appealed for nearly $1.4 billion to meet the urgent needs of children in 45 countries and regions gripped by conflict, natural disasters and other complex emergencies.

In a press release extended to Sudan Tribune following the launch, the director of UNICEF’s emergency programme, Ted Chaiban, said children in South Sudan faced numerous challenges as a result of the ongoing humanitarian situation, which is further compounded by the unresolved political stand-off between South Sudan and Sudan, inter-communal conflict and flooding.

“Children are extremely vulnerable in emergencies, often living in unhealthy and unsafe conditions, at high risk of disease, violence, exploitation and neglect,” he said.

The number of people in need of food assistance in South Sudan has doubled from 1.2 to 2.4 million due to the deterioration in food security, resulting in severe malnutrition at persistently high levels.

The influx of refugees from Sudan and regional insecurity continues to have a major impact on humanitarian operations in South Sudan, UNICEF said. Over 175,000 refugees from Sudan’s South Kordofan and Blue Nile states have fled to Upper Nile and Unity states in South Sudan following the worsening conflict between the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) and the Sudanese government.

Nearly 170,000 people were displaced following inter-communal fighting and insecurity, with close to 100,000 people also displaced from the oil-contested Abyei region since May 2011.

South Sudan remains the world’s most challenging country for childbirth. The Household Health Survey in 2010 in Sudan showed one out of every nine children dies before birth, while only 10% of children are fully immunised and an estimated 200,000 children under five remain at risk from malnutrition.

UNICEF says the alarming statistics from South Sudan call for a joint response from governments, UN agencies, NGOs and communities to ensure children have access to basic services.

Radwan Al Fahil, a 12-year-old Sudanese refugee in Maban county in South Sudan, says he feels safe staying in the camp and is no longer living in fear.

He expressed happiness that his family now has access to food and education, adding that he considers education more important than shoes.

According to the UNICEF press release, more than 70,000 children under five were treated for severe acute malnutrition in 2012, with a million people provided access to emergency health supplies and drugs and about 300,000 children provided access to safe water.

HUMANITARIAN NEEDS HIGH

UNICEF said with ongoing conflicts in Sudan, including Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states, still unresolved, humanitarian needs are likely to remain high throughout 2013, as more people decide to seek refuge in South Sudan.

Continued austerity measures in the country are also likely to negatively impact on food security, poverty levels, child mortality rates and access to education.

UNICEF says the increased numbers of refugees feeling south will require a multi-sector response to meet their immediate and core humanitarian needs.

South Sudan UNICEF representative Dr Yasmin Ali Haque says “given the increasing needs, much more has to be done to ensure that every child has the opportunity to survive and thrive, particularly children affected by emergencies”.

This year UNICEF predicts it will treat 122,780 children under five suffering from severe acute malnutrition; provide 1.8 million children access to preventive and curative interventions for common childhood illnesses and provide 200,000 with emergency teaching and learning materials.

UNICEF works with children in more than 190 countries and territories and is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

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  • 27 January 2013 06:42, by Jalaby

    All UN charities organizations and others such as: UNICEF, CARE, Salvation Army, Save the Children, etc, all are required to help and pay money to South Sudan, although South Sudan is considered to be rich of oil and resources but the south is full of visionless people and thieves

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    • 27 January 2013 06:42, by Jalaby

      that explains why the country at the verge of economic collapsing and full of conflicts despite it can produce 350k bbl/day!!
      What do you really expect from thieves and visionless people other than the mess!! Go to hell idiot!!

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      • 27 January 2013 07:05, by mayom maboung marek

        the war of words has begun on this website ever since, people whose identities are shielded can use words they might not have said out loudly if they use true Names , and this is the worst aspects of humanity in Jallaby mundane post.
        this is not the my case, Jallaby is less mature,less educated, True Madukuru who turned their back on us [1997] in Yei, Rumbek, Tonj and like towns will not---

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        • 27 January 2013 07:16, by mayom maboung marek

          talk and talk in the blue like jallaby.FYI, we are not easy, one S. sudanese equals to 100 jallabies.treat it as a joke but it is not a joke, we are the most intelligent people, 4.3 billion $$ stolen by us and for us, no problem in that.if this is your issue, then forget it from today on ward.

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          • 27 January 2013 07:27, by Jalaby

            mayom maboung marek,
            Well,anyone who reveals his identity and talk about corruption you’ll never ever hesitate to eradicate him immediately!
            You’re not just thieves but liars,hypocrites,criminals professional and serial killers who their hands are full of innocent people bloods like journalists!
            Go to hell thieves and serial killers!!

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            • 27 January 2013 07:58, by mayom maboung marek

              Jallaby
              you are lying, you have your own notorious corruption syndicate[voracious greed for money]dangerous killers in Sudan.

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      • 27 January 2013 08:34, by Chol

        Jalaby, just because you’re no longer getting billions of dollars anymore from South Sudan oil doesn’t make South Sudanese leader visionless. The oil is secure from Sudanese thieves whether you like it or not case close. The oil is now the asset of South Sudanese people; they will use it at the time of their choosing.

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        • 27 January 2013 09:29, by Jalaby

          Mr. Chol,
          You said "The oil is now the asset of South Sudanese people" You’re damn wrong man, you’ve to be more honest and accurate and say "The oil is now the asset of South Sudanese thieves"!!
          You’ve a good English writing compare to many idiot jonobean in this forum who can barely write a useful sentence together!

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          • 27 January 2013 09:37, by Jalaby

            I won’t be surprised if you’re one of Mr. Kiir cabinet member since the south lacks for educated people,unlike majority of illiterate and naive southerners,I guess you would be a very dangerous man since you’re clever,widely open eyes,did you embezzle some of the oil money?did you get a letter from Mr Kiir to return any money my friend that you stole in a good faith?!

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      • 27 January 2013 13:50, by Observer

        Jalaby,
        Before you opened your mouth and made a fool of yourself it would have paid you to go to the UNICEF site and see how much they have asked for for Sudan.
        $71.3 million so we are not really in a position to mouth off.
        I know you wont believe me so here is the link
        www.unicef.org/appeals/sudan

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    • 27 January 2013 06:54, by Kenyang

      Jalabi,
      What is your explanation about other 44 countries which need this money like South Sudan? Are you sure Sudan is not among them? Lol

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    • 27 January 2013 09:15, by Ding Ding

      You mr Jalabi UN never destribute the money from house hold to house hold,please shot a fuck up.South Sudan is above the UN we pay UN so that they help but not their money, you mr Gay Jalabia it is too late even if you try other ways round, we are no longer Sudanese we are black African not black Arabsim of crminal Beshir or biskiir (towel)

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      • 27 January 2013 09:35, by Nibs

        Guys,don’t mind pointless idiot_Jallaba.he is too concern with south sudanese issues.You have every right jallaba to remain stupid but don’t advertise your idiocy.nobody doubt it.

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        • 27 January 2013 09:41, by Jalaby

          Mr. Nibs,
          Like the rest of Jonobean in this forum, I’ve no single doubt that you’re so eager to read my comment everyday even before you read the main topic itself!! lol lol
          And so careful not to miss a single comment of mine LOL LOL LOL

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          • 27 January 2013 12:27, by ViVa Sudan

            4 billion stolen by 75 SPLA ROTTEN LEADERS & THEY BEG FOR 88.4 M SHAMELESS IDIOTS FEED UR OWN KIDS ..WAT A CRAP WORTHLESS PPL BAD THIEVES.. y JALLABY EDUCATE THEM THEY ARE NARROW MINDED EMPTY HEADS

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            • 27 January 2013 14:20, by Observer

              ViVa Sudan
              And did you know that we begged ( according to you this is what it is) for $71.3 million?
              Not much difference and for the same reasons.
              If our leaders are so good why does UNICEF have to go begging for this amount for OUR children?
              www.unicef.org/appeals/sudan

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  • 28 January 2013 06:25, by Observer

    I notice that as soon as the likes of Jalaby and ViVa Sudan are presented with actual facts that they cannot ignore or refute, that they just disappear and shut up from commenting anymore on the topic.

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