Much more needs to be done to help South Sudan out of protracted crisesListen /
South Sudan is struggling to provide security and meet the basic needs of its people. That's the assessment of Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Kyung-Wha Kang.
She told a UN press briefing on Wednesday that an estimated 4.5 million people need humanitarian assistance, including close to 1 million people who are severely food insecure.
Assistant Secretary-General Kyung-Wha said that recent floods affected nearly 345,000 people, including many who lost their homes and farmlands were destroyed, exacerbating the severe food insecurity situation, which is already affecting about 1 million people.
“Although the humanitarian situation in the country has improved slightly over the last year, and United Nations agencies and aid partners continue to work with the Government to meet the needs of communities affected by crises, it was very clear that much more needs to be done. And my discussions with local authorities in Jonglei and in the capital, Juba, focused on the need to find sustainable solutions to South Sudan's protracted crises. That is, investing in better disaster management, strengthening the country's basic infrastructure, and ensuring lasting peace and development.”
Assistant Secretary-General Kyung-Wha said that is why the UN has decided to take a different approach to its humanitarian response in South Sudan for next year.
She said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) recently launched a multi-year plan, starting in 2014, which will focus on immediate emergency needs as well as longer-term measures including community resilience and national capacity-building.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.