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August 3, 2015 (JUBA) – At least 6 million people in South Sudan are in need of humanitarian assistance, with a quarter of a million children facing severe and acute malnutrition, a senior United Nations official has disclosed.

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UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien (UN Photo)

“Forced displacement remains a defining feature of the crisis, with some 1.6 million people internally displaced, and more than 900,000 having fled to neighboring countries, including more than 60,000 who fled to Uganda in July alone,” Stephen O’Brien, the under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs said Wednesday.

Last month, violence in the South Sudan capital, killed nearly 300 people lives, as rival forces loyal to President Salva Kiir clashed with those allied to Riek Machar.

According to O’Brien, South Sudan remains one of the most fragile nations in the world.

“The humanitarian response plan for 2016 is only 40 percent funded, leaving a gap of $765 million. More funding is urgently required for the scale-up of the response across the country,” said the official, who recently visited South Sudan.

The UN emergency humanitarian coordinator also condemned attacks on aid workers operating in South Sudan as well as seizure of assets belonging to humanitarian agencies, urging the country’s authorities to investigate and act against such matters.

“We humanitarians are here in South Sudan to save lives and for no other reason. Our task and demand by the UN and beyond is to impartially meet the urgent and severe humanitarian and protection needs of the millions of suffering people in this country,” he stressed.

At least 60,000 people have fled South Sudan’s recent violence in the capital city of Juba, bringing to nearly 900,000 the overall number of South Sudanese refugees in neighbouring nations since December 2013, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said.

However, with over 2.6 million of its citizens forcibly displaced, South Sudan reportedly ranks among countries with the highest levels of conflict-induced population displacement globally as an estimated half of the population rely on humanitarian aid.

(ST)

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  • 4 August 11:43, by Eastern

    Stephen and Co know very well who is causing all these 6 million South Sudanese to be in need of humantarian assistance; the number is rising by the day. If the UN doesn’t set up a Trusteeship soon, all South Sudanese will be in need of humantarian assistance; an unnecessary burden to taxpayers in the developed world!!

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  • 4 August 13:20, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    This time the urgency of intervention into South Sudan is vital to turn everything right. The talk must be effected in order to make murderers know the world is serious because J1 understands action more than words. Who does not know J1 qualifies for punishment? They have done any crime under the sky against innocent citizens who actually voted yes in referendum for nationhood.

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  • 4 August 14:43, by Angelo Achuil

    I have seen mothers, yes mothers begging in Juba and many children now at Mobil at passing cars, Hai Malakal. It pains me. We just have to hang on tight. God will make this time pass. God at the end will show as to why he allowed our leaders to bring the country down.

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    • 4 August 15:57, by Hardlinner

      Kiir and riek are dogs who care about leadership than lives of south sudanese. Those supporting both leaders stop fighting and engage themselves in cultivation of their land. War is just excuse people are just too lazy in south sudan. Case is point is that rebels and government forces are more happying with their guns than they do with their farm tools.

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      • 4 August 19:16, by Eastern

        ....ash covered youth and young men have been practically herded from Dinka enclaves to come and fight the "dors" in Equatoria because they "want to take away power" from Kiir!

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    • 4 August 21:49, by jubaone

      Achuil,

      What you see in Juba is only a small picture of the misery our people are now undergoing. It is worst in areas you have no live coverage. People are just starving to death or have fled to Sudan while the stupid comrades either spend millions on arms, marrying many wives or buying thousand of cows that are of no economic value.

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