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JUBA - 15 Nov 2019

US donates $92.5 million to South Sudan

Photo: WFP distribution in Jonglei, January 2012 (UNMISS)
Photo: WFP distribution in Jonglei, January 2012 (UNMISS)

The United States government said it has provided $92.5 million worth in humanitarian assistance to help people affected by ongoing conflict and food insecurity in South Sudan.

The contribution, according to the US embassy in Juba, also includes many of the estimated 908,000 people impacted by severe flooding in recent months.

The embassy said in a statement today that the assistance through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) will enable the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to continue providing emergency food and nutrition assistance to vulnerable people in South Sudan, including in flood-affected areas. 

As of early November, WFP said it had reached 400,000 of the more than 750,000 people in urgent need of food assistance in flood-affected areas.

 “Floods have exacerbated conditions that were already very precarious for more than 900,000 people in South Sudan,” said US Ambassador to South Sudan Tom Hushek.

 “We are supporting humanitarian organizations that are already responding with assistance in the worst-affected parts of Jonglei and Upper Nile, and will continue to provide lifesaving assistance to people in need in South Sudan,” he added.

 Across South Sudan, more than seven million people need humanitarian assistance. The United States is the single largest donor of humanitarian assistance to South Sudan, reaching more than 1.3 million people in South Sudan with life-saving humanitarian assistance every month.