9 August 2013

Sudan: Aid Agencies Need $ 1.05 Billion to Feed South Sudanese

Juba — Aid agencies operating in South Sudan are in need of $1.05 billion dollars to be able to feed three million vulnerable people across the country.

According to a humanitarian funding update from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), as of July 31 2013, 58% of the sought for $1.05 billion had been realised.

However OCHA says $439 million more is still needed.

"While it is comparatively one of the best funded CAPs(Consolidate Appeal Process), partners in South Sudan require $439 million to meet their goals for the second half of the year of continuing to save lives and building resilience of people in need across the country", said the OCHA funding update.

Pibor Country in Jonglei state is one of the areas where aid agencies say thousands of civilians displaced by conflict are in need of assistance.

A recent humanitarian bulletin on South Sudan predicted a food crisis in the country from July to December 2013.

Areas outside violence affected communities will also face food insecurity, the UN agency said although the levels will be low compared to Pibor.

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