Sept 27, 2020 (Thessherald)–In the face of the ongoing alarming humanitarian crisis facing the people of South Sudan, the United States has pledged $108 million in humanitarian aid to help alleviate their suffering across the region.
The pledge was announced two days ago, at the UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting, entitled “A Dialogue with the World’s Top Ten Donors on Global Humanitarian Needs,” hosted by the United States.
“We announced nearly $108 million in humanitarian assistance for the people South Sudan, including South Sudanese in neighboring countries. This funding includes nearly $97 million from the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and more than $11 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance,” the U. S. said in its statement.USA
Since the onset of the conflict in South Sudan in 2013, the United States has contributed nearly $5.5 billion and an additional $ 64 million in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance for the response, including refugees and those affected by conflict and natural disasters, to nearly $907 million in Fiscal Year 2020 alone and nearly $5.5 billion since the start of the crisis in 2014, including more than $64 million in supplemental humanitarian assistance to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the region.”
“Heavy rains, fighting between armed groups, food insecurity, a deteriorating economic situation, and the COVID-19 pandemic have compounded an already dire humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.”
“In this response to the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, the United States supports the operations of a network of nearly 30 non-governmental organizations, including faith-based organizations, and international organizations like the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Children’s Fund, the World Food Program, the International Organization for Migration, and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
The United States remains the largest single donor of humanitarian assistance, both in South Sudan and globally.”
The United States reaffirms its commitment to support the people of South Sudan in these difficult situations in their lives.
“We will continue to be a catalyst for the international response to alleviate the suffering of the people of South Sudan.”