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The World Food Program has commended the US Agency for International Development for pledging $ 100 million in humanitarian assistance to help affected communities in South Sudan.
“The World Food Program is grateful to USAID for a contribution of $100 million,” the UN agency said on Twitter.
This aid will go a long way towards addressing food insecurity, as well as providing livelihood support for families directly affected by years of conflict.
“The contribution will be used to provide food and nutritional assistance as well as providing livelihood support and build the resilience of rural households across South Sudan,” the statement further added.
Over 8.3 million people are in urgent need of aid across the country
Earlier this week, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs predicted that more than 8.3 million of the country’s 12 million people will be severely food insecure.
“The already serious humanitarian situation has been compounded by severe flooding, affecting approximately 1 million people each year in 2019 and 2020. The South Sudanese people also continue to be highly vulnerable to epidemic diseases, due to low immunization coverage, a weak health system and poor hygiene and sanitation.”
Although South Sudan is considered as one of the world’s oil-dependent countries, it ranks 157 out of 194 nations in the International Monetary Fund’s 2020 Annual Report.