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$4.4 billion required to prevent famine, says U.N chief


February 22, 2017 (JUBA) - The United Nations needs at least $4.4 billion by the end of next month to prevent "a catastrophe" of hunger and famine in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, its newly-appointed Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, said.

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António Guterres (UN photo)

More than 20 million people face starvation in the four countries and action is urgently needed now to avert a humanitarian disaster, Guterres said on Wednesday.

"We need $4.4 billion by the end of March to avert a catastrophe," he said.

According to Guterres, the world body has only managed to raise $90m of what it needs.

Three U.N agencies and South Sudan government on Monday declared famine in parts of the country, with an estimated 5 million said to be at the verge of facing starvation.

The UN children’s agency UNICEF said almost 1.4 million children acutely malnourished in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen could die from famine in coming months.

"The situation is dire," stressed Guterres.

"Millions of people are barely surviving in the space between malnutrition and death, vulnerable to diseases and outbreaks, forced to kill their animals for food and eat the grain they saved for next year’s seeds," he added.

In South Sudan, tens of thousands of people have been killed and nearly two million displaced in the country’s worst ever outbreak of violence since it seceded from Sudan.


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  • 24 February 2017 10:23, by Midit Mitot

    Yes, this is good money for these poor nations but don,t try to linkup with those gang in Juba, they will either divert it to Warrap or looted in a funny way that you would not understand.

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    • 24 February 2017 14:01, by Kuch

      Mr. Midit Mitot,

      How do some of Nuers feel about being always depending on foreign handouts? Don’t you idiots have shame in your whole lives? Now you are happy that other people who work very hard for their money are going to help idiots because you are simply too lazy to grow your own damn food>>>

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      • 24 February 2017 14:06, by Kuch

        You have asked time and time again to stop your damn aimless armed rebellion and get out of these filthy so-called UN compounds, but you fools just like cross your damn arms and fold your sorry legs and yabber day and night about corruption and Dinkas/Jaangs this and Dinkas/Jaangs that while doing nothing to help your sorry selves?>>>

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        • 24 February 2017 14:11, by Kuch

          Even if the government of South Sudan has the whole money on earth to distribute freely to you fools. How would some of you lazies going use the money if there food to buy from the markets? The food that is brought from countries like Kenya, Uganda and others is grown by human beings like us, but some of people just want to live on free things from other people have a look on these links:

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            • 24 February 2017 14:29, by Kuch

              and many more others a very irritating to some other South Sudanese who just don’t like the culture depending on foreign aids. All the abuses of all kind will be thrown at all the South Sudanese people by the donors because there are some fools and lazies who just don’t want to farm their damn lands to grow their damn own food to feed themselves but to always>>>

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              • 24 February 2017 14:35, by Kuch

                keep breeding and project their miserable photos to be taken by the Europeans and Americans so that their photos would be taken Europe, America and the whole world and screened on the TVs to cajoled others people around the world to donate their hard earned money to help other fellow human beings who even have a hand i their own misery>>>

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                • 24 February 2017 14:41, by Kuch

                  I am not too on the Nuers only here, other communities like the Murles do not even know how to grow their own food all their lives. But the Nuers are more partly to blame on this current crises. They will not accept their own faults because in the Nuer culture, it everything is always a Dinkas/Jaangs fault.

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                  • 24 February 2017 14:47, by Kuch

                    Riek Machar himself, when he was in Juba lastly even plainly told the Nuers in these filthy so-called UN compounds to remain there until the US, the UK, the UN and the NGOs distribute them with free money and item and then they can get out and go home! Really? Do the US, the UK, the UN and the NGOs owe anything to Nuers? Probably that was why Riek Machar, Pagan Amuom and others>>>

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                    • 24 February 2017 14:56, by Kuch

                      wanted to hand over our country to the US, the UK, the UN and NGOs. And it is the reasons why the US, the UK, their UN and their sleazy NGOs are more interested in Leer, Wau Shilluk and Yei because these are the areas where the UN-NGOs government is wanted. I just can’t understand how many of our people understand what the UN really is? Pathetic indeed.

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      • 24 February 2017 15:05, by jubaone

        It is the first time I am learning that other than jienges, there are "lazy" people out there. I thought much of the WFP airdrops were being flown straight to Gok Machar, Turalei, Aweil Mading and other jienge heartlands. I now understand why most jienges have stiff necks cos of looking into the sky all day expecting airdrops.

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      • 25 February 2017 19:25, by Midit Mitot

        Mr Kuch,
        I hope God had created you guys without feeling shame, if I were you, I would have not debate with any one in South Sudan, look, the country have given you a name call MTN, do you you think it,s a good image? Am sorry!

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