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S. Sudan: $1.5 billion required for humanitarian needs in 2020

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December 12, 2019 (JUBA) – At least $1.5 billion is needed to reach 5.6 million people with urgent life-saving assistance, the South Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan for 2020 shows.

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Alain Noudéhou, the Deputy Special Representative in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (Getty)

The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Alain Noudéhou said despite the period of relative stability since the signing of the peace agreement in 2018, humanitarian needs remain high.

Some 7.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance or protection and 3.7 million are displaced inside or outside of the country. Women and children continue to be the most affected,” said Noudéhou.

“The people of South Sudan are impatient for peace. The coming year offers great hope that the country’s leaders will begin the long road to recovery from conflict,” he added.

With improved access across South Sudan, the UN and hundreds of non-governmental humanitarian organizations are reportedly committed to working together with the authorities and affected communities to re-build lives and livelihoods.

Humanitarians will also align their efforts with development partners to meet most urgent needs while reducing vulnerability and needs in the longer-term.

“Reaching and protecting vulnerable people, especially previously inaccessible communities, is central to the 2020 response,” stressed Noudéhou.”

He added, “We want to reduce hunger, see a decrease in the number of infant and maternal deaths, give people access to the basic services they need to survive, and build resilience in communities so they can cope with continued shocks, like the recent floods.”

In 2019, UN said, about 5 million people have been reached with assistance through the Humanitarian Response Plan, thanks to the dedication of thousands of humanitarian workers, most of whom are South Sudanese, and the generosity of donors who have contributed more than $1 billion toward the 2019 response.

South Sudan descended into civil war in mid-December 2013 when President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup, allegations he denied.

In September last year, the country’s rival factions signed a revitalized peace deal to end the civil war that killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions.

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  • 13 December 2019 08:52, by jubaone

    Mr. Noudehou,
    Stop this nonsense. There’s no money. The kiirminal and his jienge henchmen have all the money. They can’t start a war cause chaos and expect the UN to keep feeding their folk. No. Equatorian returnees just need seeds, hoes and pangas. The lazy and dormant jienge giants want to be fed like caged gorillas. No. Give them hoes or they can starve. You have fed these miscreants for 40 yrs

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    • 14 December 2019 12:52, by South South

      jubaone,

      Great, great and great news. I totally agree with you. The returnees from Equatoria need hoes,seeds and pangas only to farm. We have them for them. Good news here is that you are acknowledging that Equatoria refugees are returning to South Sudan. Do you know why? Answers:
      1- Peace is coming to South Sudan
      2- No rebels in Equatoria areas.
      3- Food radio has been cut in refugee camps.

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      • 14 December 2019 16:47, by jubaone

        South South
        That is your interpretation.
        1. The jienge nyors have been contained and some are busy fighting themselves in Rumbek, Tonj and Gogrial.
        2. Most jienge youth have run away and dont want to be conscripted.
        3. Most Equatorians are reassured that Equatorian IOs and NAS will protect them.
        4. The returnees want their lands back from jienge settlers.

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        • 14 December 2019 16:52, by jubaone

          South South
          Recent fighting in Nyamuzi refugee camp in N. Uganda between the Madi and jienges shows how weak the jienges are and cant return to their lands. There is NO war in their areas, why run away like terrified chicken and still want to be fed like kids? They have no business staying as refugees in Uganda in the first place. Lazy idiots.

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    • 15 December 2019 09:45, by Fathi

      I’m not going to lie."Kirrminal" is pretty funny. I think I’m going to use it to make Pakuai mad LOL

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