South Sudan needs $1.7 bln humanitarian aid in 2018

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JUBA (Reuters) – South Sudan needs $1.7 billion in aid next year to help 6 million people — half of its population — cope with the effects of war, hunger and economic decline, the government and the United Nations announced on Wednesday.
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JUBA (Reuters) – South Sudan needs $1.7 billion in aid next year to help 6 million people — half of its population — cope with the effects of war, hunger and economic decline, the government and the United Nations announced on Wednesday.
A woman from the Murle tribe and her children stand outside their tent in Pibor town in Jonglei state, South Sudan, file. REUTERS/Andreea Campeanu

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South Sudan slid into civil war in late 2013, two years after gaining independence from Sudan and a third of its 12 million population has fled their homes.

The conflict was sparked by a feud between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar, who is being held in South Africa, and eventually led to a fight along ethnic lines.

”We are calling for $1.72 billion to continue providing life-saving assistance and protection for 6 million people most in need in South Sudan,” Alain Noudehou, the U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, told a news conference.

Humanitarian assistance was needed for people suffering the effects of displacement, food insecurity, malnutrition, violence and economic decline, Noudehou said.

Since the conflict began, about 4 million people have been forced to flee their homes, with nearly 1.9 million people who have internally displaced and about 2.1 million who have fled to neighbouring countries, he said.

The conflict has also led to a cut in crude oil production, which is a key foreign exchange earner, and the ensuing insecurity has hampered cultivation of food.

Also at the news conference was South Sudan’s Humanitarian Affairs Minister Hussein Mar Nyuot.

“I believe if we don’t get the amount ($1.72 billion) and the donors don’t respond to this more crisis in South Sudan will happen. That means 2018 might be worse than 2017,” he said.

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