Aid agencies in South Sudan need $166 million now to save lives of people caught by crisis

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Food distribution in South Sudan

Aid agencies need US$166 million from now until March 2014 in order to address the immediate needs of people resulting from the past days' violence as the crisis in South Sudan evolves.

This includes emergency programmes for some 200,000 refugees from Sudan in Unity and Upper Nile states of South Sudan.

The agencies say the resources will be used to provide clean water and sanitation, healthcare, shelter, and deliver food and livelihood assistance. It will also ensure that the rights of vulnerable people, including survivors of violence, are better protected. The money will be used to manage sites for displaced people and transport aid workers and supplies to strategic locations where communities are most at risk.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Toby Lanzer, said "This is an extremely difficult time for the people of this new nation, and it is crucial that aid agencies have the resources they need to save lives in the coming months." He said "There are at least 90,000 people who have been displaced in the past ten days. This includes 58,000 people who are sheltering in UN peacekeeping bases, a number which represents only a share of all the people we need to reach in the coming weeks."

The humanitarian community in South Sudan has re-prioritized its work for the coming months, as set out in the South Sudan Consolidated Appeal 2014-2016. $166 million represents the most urgently required resources from the overall $1.1 billion programme set out by the aid community for 2014.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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