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S. Sudan: aid agencies demand $1.27 bn to save lives, alleviate suffering

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February 4, 2014 (JUBA) – Aid agencies in South Sudan urgently require $1.27 billion to assist 3.2 million people suffering the humanitarian consequences of weeks of violence in the country.

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People gather at a makeshift IDP camp at the UN compound in Juba on December 22, 2013 where South Sudanese continue to flock as fears of a resumption of fighting in the capital fester. (AFP/Tony KARUMBA)

Toby Lanzer, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for South Sudan said the crisis response plan has been revised to reflect the deterioration of the humanitarian situation as well as prioritise frontline relief and pre-positioning.

“The priority is to save lives now, and ensure that we have food, medicine and other lifesaving supplies prepositioned in the field, in easy reach of aid agencies before the rains hit and the roads become impassable,” said Lanzer.

Almost 900,000 people, the UN says, have been displaced since violence broke out in the country’s capital, Juba in mid-December last year. Thousands have also been killed in what is regarded as the country’s worst-ever outbreak of violence since its independence in 2011.

Despite the violence, however, several key aid agencies have stayed in South Sudan to protect civilians and deliver aid under difficult circumstances. Also underway is reportedly a plan to provide emergency relief, uphold people’s rights and strengthen livelihoods.

The UN and its partners, however, say they require $1.27 billion to meet the most urgent needs until June, including vital pre-positioning of aid supplies for the whole year before the rainy seasons.

“To achieve this, I ask the international donor community to stand with the people of South Sudan and the aid agencies working here to help them before the situation gets even worse,” Lanzer said.

CONSOLIDATED APPEAL

At least $1.1bn, the world body said last year, would be needed in 2014 to enable aid agencies save lives and strengthen resilience across South Sudan. As of 31 October, 2013, however, $755 million had reportedly been mobilized towards the Consolidated Appeal (CAP) projects, which covered 70% of identified needs.

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  • 5 February 2014 05:46, by omoni jr.

    If you are a leader, would you not feel a shame when your people are suffering like this? would you not ask your own self why you caused an imagineable disaster, catastrohe?????????????????????????? Death to idiot kiir.

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    • 5 February 2014 15:38, by Ahmed Chol

      UN has to take over the oil and use that money to buy food for the civilians and the displace. OIL FOR FOOD IN SOUTH SUDAN NOW.

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  • 5 February 2014 11:14, by Johndumo14

    Dr Riek Machar must see the video of how his tribemen the White army were killed in battle in bor and other places and left being eaten by Hynas and vultures,he will notdream about to be a prsident of South sudan.The vultures are feeding on the thousands of death Nuer in Bor and around villages in Jongeli.The vultures are tired of eating the human flesh(meat) they are only eating the EYES!

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    • 5 February 2014 11:46, by Tong dut

      No money to be given to Kirr the Dinka, H I V is nice them Kirr ruling south sudan.

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  • 5 February 2014 12:21, by Sundayw

    South Sudanese,
    The opportunistic so-called NGOs never waste a good opportunity to raise funds at the expense of other people’s misfortune. They have been salivating and hoping for South Sudan to start suffering. The NGOs have been profiting from wars in Syria, DRC, and even Afghanistan.For every dollar they beg in the name of these poor souls, they actually spent 30 cents on humanitarian aid...

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    • 5 February 2014 12:25, by Sundayw

      ..the rest is pocketed by these fraudulent NGOs. Also, they only spent 10 cents to feed an African refugee and more than $1.10 to feed...a Syrian, Kosovo refugee, or even Palestinians. These NGOs are the real merchants of death. They work closely with their home gov’ts to make sure that some poor country is always unstable. Just look at the DRC next door.

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    • 5 February 2014 12:25, by Sundayw

      ..the rest is pocketed by these fraudulent NGOs. Also, they only spent 10 cents to feed an African refugee and more than $1.10 to feed...a Syrian, Kosovo refugee, or even Palestinians. These NGOs are the real merchants of death. They work closely with their home gov’ts to make sure that some poor country is always unstable. Just look at the DRC next door.

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      • 6 February 2014 03:26, by OurLand

        It is true that they did not spent it on your education: these are some of the most stupid remarks in recent history

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