The United Nations relief agency on Thursday appealed for 1.7 billion U.S. dollars to address the humanitarian needs of 6.8 million most vulnerable South Sudanese in 2022.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) called on donors to fund the South Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan for 2022/2023 to help the affected populations with urgent life-saving assistance and protection.
Sara Beysolow Nyanti, the humanitarian coordinator for South Sudan said some 8.9 million people in South Sudan are estimated to have significant humanitarian needs in 2022.
“The cumulative and compounding effects of years of climate-related shocks such as flooding and drought, conflict and subnational violence have destroyed people’s homes and livelihoods, robbing them of the future they deserve,” Nyanti said in a statement issued in Juba, the capital of South Sudan.
The UN agency said there are over two million people displaced in South Sudan, many of whom have been displaced for years.
It warned that an estimated 8.3 million people, including refugees, are expected to experience severe food insecurity by the peak of the lean season from May to July.
OCHA said large-scale flooding for the fourth year in a row is expected, with the destruction and displacement that comes with it.
In 2021, the UN said more than 5.3 million people were assisted with food, health, water and sanitation, education, livelihoods, nutrition as well as critical protection services in the country.
Nyanti said the 2022/2023 Plan reflects the humanitarian commitment to protect vulnerable people, especially women and girls, the elderly and those with ability challenges.