The United States of America has announced a donation of more than 95 million US dollars to South Sudan.
“Today, the United States announced more than $95 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of South Sudan who are affected by ongoing political conflict and are facing extreme food insecurity, including likely famine,” statement issued on Thursday says.
It will be spent on provision of emergency food, safe drinking water, sanitation, and healthcare among other services.
The new funding will be used to provide humanitarian assistance to nearly four million people of South Sudan. The money is channeled through United States Agency for International Development.
“With this new assistance, USAID will help provide emergency food and nutrition assistance, essential healthcare, shelter, safe drinking water, and sanitation and hygiene services to some of the nearly 4 million people impacted. When possible, the Agency procures food from South Sudanese farmers who were able to harvest their crops,” it adds.
The assistance includes more than 52 million USD from USAID and nearly 43 million USD from the U.S. Department of State. This brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance to more than 482 USD million so far in Fiscal Year 2021.
USAID said South Sudan has been facing the highest levels of food insecurity and malnutrition since its independence in 2011.
USAID warned of severe food shortages in the upcoming lean season as food production was badly affected by flooding last year.
“The upcoming May-to-July lean season is expected to be the most severe on record and has the potential to leave more than 7 million people, including more than a million children, in need of food assistance. Recent floods, political instability, and COVID-19 have further exacerbated a dire situation,” it says.
UN World Food Program (WFP) recently, said an estimated 60 percent of the population in the world’s youngest nation is increasingly hungry.