UN: Urgent Relief Aid, Protection Needed for 9.4m People in South Sudan
The United Nations has expressed grave concern about the urgent need for immediate relief aid and protection assistance to support a staggering 9.4 million people in South Sudan who are experiencing a variety of problems, including humanitarian crises and security threats.
Humanitarians require $1.7 billion to target 6.8 million of the most vulnerable people, according to the 2023 Aid Workers Security Report, but only 43.8% of this has been financed.
With 40 attacks on aid workers so far this year, South Sudan had the largest number of attacks on aid workers, with at least 22 people killed and 36 injured.
“Too many humanitarians, most of them South Sudanese nationals, have lost their lives while trying to alleviate the suffering around them,” explained Peter Van der Auweraert, the acting relief coordinator for South Sudan, adding “As we mark World Humanitarian Day, we honor their memory and pay tribute to their dedication and selflessness”.
Humanitarian Crisis Magnitude
The United Nations’ revelation of the need for relief aid and protection assistance for 9.4 million individuals in South Sudan underscores the magnitude of the ongoing humanitarian crisis. These individuals are grappling with a complex interplay of challenges, ranging from food insecurity and displacement to health vulnerabilities and inadequate access to basic services. This call for assistance reflects the global community’s shared responsibility to address the critical needs of the most vulnerable populations. The scale of the crisis necessitates coordinated efforts from international organizations, governments, and humanitarian agencies to provide timely support and alleviate the suffering of those affected.
Ensuring Safety and Well-being
Amidst the ongoing challenges, ensuring the safety and well-being of the affected population remains paramount. The United Nations’ appeal for protection assistance emphasizes the urgency of safeguarding the rights and dignity of those who are vulnerable to conflict, displacement, and other forms of violence. Adequate protection measures are essential to create an environment where individuals can live free from fear and insecurity. This includes not only physical safety but also addressing the underlying factors that contribute to vulnerability, such as displacement and lack of access to basic services. By mobilizing resources and support, the international community can play a crucial role in helping South Sudan navigate these challenges and work towards a more stable and secure future.
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