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June 2, 2018 (NAIROBI) - Efforts to assist millions of people fleeing South Sudan in Africa’s biggest refugee crisis face a critical funding shortfall of nearly $800 million, a United Nations official said Friday.

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Thousands of civilians fleeing violence seek shelter at a UN compound in Jonglei state capital, Bor (Photo: UNMISS/Hailemichael Gebrekrstos)

The five-year civil war has hit women and children particularly hard, and gender-based violence is a top concern, said Arnauld Akodjenou, regional refugee coordinator and UN refugee agency’s (UNHCR) special adviser for South Sudan.

Nearly 2.5 million people have been displaced by the war which erupted in 2013 due to political rivalry between President Salva Kiir and former vice-president, Riek Machar.

Attempts to resolve the political crisis have failed, and the UN Security Council voted on Thursday to renew some sanctions on South Sudan through mid-July.

“There is a level of suffering that you can see people are going through,” Akodjenou told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“Life-saving assistance is critical, starting with food, shelter and water. We are in a very challenging moment,” he added.

The primary focus remains on securing aid for food, shelter and water, and a Regional Refugee Response Plan designed to address the humanitarian disaster was struggling for funds, said Akodjenou.

Of the $835 million needed, only $64 million has been raised, he said.

Germany, the United States and Japan have been the biggest supporters of the programme, data show.

The UNHCR is working to address gender-based violence, including putting extra security measures in camps and providing counselling services to rape victims, he said.

A UN survey last year in camps in Juba, South Sudan’s capital, found about 70 per cent of women had been raped since the conflict began.

“No single girl, no single woman, should go through this on top of what they are already going through as refugees,” Akodjenou said.

The South Sudan violence has led to the deaths of tens of thousands of people and unleashed a refugee crisis expected to include more than three million people by end of year, according to the world body.

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  • 4 June 2018 05:23, by Kuch

    "S. Sudan refugee aid faces fund shortage: UN official"
    This is what we have been telling some of our lowly informed South Sudanese idiots that their UN & the NGOs are having a field day over our country & our people. Because we have a huge chunk of fools who do not know the dirty project behind the UN & the NGOs. Some lowly creeps from the West who cannot even find decent jobs>>>

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    • 4 June 2018 05:28, by Kuch

      in their own countries are brought to countries like South Sudan to come & live like kings by always defrauding others with their hard earn money. All these scammers masquerading themselves as humanitarian aid & NGOs workers often use the name of the hungry South Sudan as their begging bowls around the world, but would often come & used the begged money in the name of South Sudan>>>>

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      • 4 June 2018 05:34, by Kuch

        & the hungry South Sudanese people on their own opulence lifestyles in upscale hotels of Adis Ababa, Nairobi or Kampala. And then the rest of the begged money in the name of hungry South Sudan on other refugees in our own region & other parts of Africa. And then threw the leftover crumbs to their South Sudanese lazies & fools and then the next cycle of begging starts>>>

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        • 4 June 2018 05:39, by Kuch

          My fellow South Sudanese fools, if there are some people who hate the Europeans, Americans & their allies o-called humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping & their so-called human right business bullsh*ts. Then I am one of them. The Europeans, Americans & their gulf Arab states paymasters often use these so-called humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping & their so-called human rights nonsense>>

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          • 4 June 2018 05:44, by Kuch

            as their 21st century neo-colonialism intrigue to occupy & colonize the third world countries with resources. And our country fit their dirty intrigue bill well. Because we have a lot of resources, lands, our Nile Waters & of course, we don’t want to have anything to do with the evil white Americans, English, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, their gulf Arab states paymasters,>>>

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            • 4 June 2018 05:49, by Kuch

              their evil juus & some of their creepy allies in between like Abeshas (ethiopia). But the US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their creepy allies think, that our country is part of their so-called ANGLO-AMERICA piece of trash. They have taken our country & our people’s hostage. And they are using some of our fools like some of our Nuers, Shilluks & some Equatorians>>>

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              • 4 June 2018 05:53, by Kuch

                as their bargaining cards & blackmails to crawl their evil selves right back into our country to come & loot our country like the evils had/are still doing in countries like DRC, CAR, Libya, Mali, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Ukraine & other countries. But the US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus & their creepy allies in between are wasting their damn times & our times>>>

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