GENEVA, Switzerland, February 4, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ – Aid agencies in South Sudan urgently require $1.27 billion to assist 3.2 million people suffering the humanitarian consequences of the crisis.
The conflict, which started on 15 December 2013, has led to devastating humanitarian consequences: the lives of millions of citizens have been shattered; almost 900,000 have left their homes; and thousands more have been hurt or wounded as a direct result of hostilities. Livelihoods have been lost, and people’s ability to move livestock to pasture, to fish or to hunt, has been severely compromised.
Key aid agencies have stayed in South Sudan to protect civilians and deliver aid. Humanitarians are scaling up the response to assist 3.2 million people up to June, based on rigorous prioritization. This includes relief for displaced people and host communities, refugees, and other communities whose lives and livelihoods are at immediate risk. Aid organizations plan to provide emergency relief, uphold people’s rights and strengthen livelihoods.
To do this, NGOs and UN agencies now 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 season arrives.
“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 the Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Toby Lanzer.
“We have revised the South Sudan Crisis Response Plan to reflect the deterioration of the humanitarian situation, to prioritize frontline relief and pre-positioning, and to take necessary actions now to prevent food security deteriorating later in the year,” continued Mr. Lanzer. “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.”