UNHCR / SOUTH SUDAN URGENT APPEAL

16-Mar-2021 00:03:42
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and aid partners launched a US$1.2 billion appeal for vital humanitarian assistance for more than 2.2 million South Sudanese refugees, two-thirds of whom are children. UNHCR
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STORY: UNHCR / SOUTH SUDAN URGENT APPEAL
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SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE : ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 16 MARCH 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / FILE
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FILE – UNHCR – 26 JULY 2016, ELEGU/ADJUMANI, UGANDA

1.Wide shot, South Sudanese refugees UNHCR truck in background

FILE – UNHCR - 14 MARCH 2017, UGANDA

2.Wide shot, South Sudanese refugees in Imvepi Refugee Camp, Uganda

16 MARCH 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Babar Baloch, UNHCR Spokesperson:
“Today we’re talking about 2.2 million South Sudanese refugees in the neighbouring countries. And a major chunk of this refugee population is children. We’re talking about 1.4 million South Sudanese children being refugees. The amount that we have asked (for) today is going to help the refugees in the five neighbouring countries but also the host community that have been hosting them so generously.”

FILE – UNHCR - 14 MARCH 2017, UGANDA

4.Wide shot, South Sudanese refugees in Imvepi Refugee Camp, Uganda

16 MARCH 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Babar Baloch, UNHCR Spokesperson:
“COVID is not only a health crisis. It’s a crisis of livelihoods, as well. So with livelihoods disappearing, we’re seeing food ration cuts, refugees and host communities not having enough to eat, and us not getting enough funding as humanitarian agencies means we cannot do much for refugees and their host communities. The needs are dire and immense, from health, shelter, food, water and sanitation, and they need the world’s help at soon as possible.”

FILE – UNHCR – 07 APRIL 2017, LAMWO DISTRICT, UGANDA

6.Various shots, South Sudanese Refugees New Arrivals

FILE – UNHCR - MAY 2017 - ARUA, UGANDA

7.Wide shot, water cans in queue

FILE – UNHCR – MAY 2019, YUMBE, UGANDA

8.Close up, water tap

FILE – UNHCR - 01 MAY 2017 - BIDIBIDI REFUGEE CAMP, NORTHERN UGANDA

9.Wide shot, children at the playground

FILE – UNHCR – 09 MARCH 2021, BIDIBIDI, UGANDA

10. Various shots, drone footage of trucks
11. Various shots, refugees

FILE – UNHCR – 26 JULY 2016, ELEGU/ADJUMANI, UGANDA

12. Wide shot, Redcross giving out NFIs
STORYLINE
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and partners are appealing for US$1.2 billion to provide vital humanitarian assistance for more than 2.2 million South Sudanese refugees living in five neighbouring countries in 2021.

SOUNDBITE (English) Babar Baloch, UNHCR Spokesperson:
“Today we’re talking about 2.2 million South Sudanese refugees in the neighbouring countries. And a major chunk of this refugee population is children. We’re talking about 1.4 million South Sudanese children being refugees. The amount that we have asked (for) today is going to help the refugees in the five neighbouring countries but also the host community that have been hosting them so generously.”


South Sudan became the world’s youngest nation nearly a decade ago, but today millions of its population are displaced either inside or outside its borders. The crisis continues to be a children’s one with more than 65 per cent of the refugee population under 18, including 66,000 children who have been separated from their parents or usual caregivers.

While some progress has been made in implementing the latest peace agreement, humanitarian and protection needs remain high for the largest refugee situation on the African continent.

The majority of South Sudanese refugees are hosted in relatively remote and under-developed areas. The COVID-19 pandemic combined with climate change-related challenges including severe flooding, droughts and desert locusts have compounded an already dire situation.

SOUNDBITE (English) Babar Baloch, UNHCR Spokesperson:
“COVID is not only a health crisis. It’s a crisis of livelihoods, as well. So with livelihoods disappearing, we’re seeing food ration cuts, refugees and host communities not having enough to eat, and us not getting enough funding as humanitarian agencies means we cannot do much for refugees and their host communities. The needs are dire and immense, from health, shelter, food, water and sanitation, and they need the world’s help at soon as possible.”

Funding is urgently needed to provide life-sustaining assistance, including shelter, access to safe drinking water, education and health services. Food shortages are particularly acute with insufficient funding already leading to ration cuts impacting hundreds of thousands of refugees.

With the pandemic taking a toll on socio-economic conditions for both refugees and host communities, this year’s response includes a renewed and increased focus on resilience and supporting livelihoods.

Humanitarian partners will also intensify gender-based violence prevention and response, and prioritize support to persons with specific needs, including strengthening child protection programmes and scaling up psychosocial and mental health support.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda continue to generously host South Sudanese refugees and to take steps towards their inclusion in national systems – including health and education, in line with the Global Compact on Refugees. We are calling for renewed support from the international community to support their efforts.

While some 350,000 refugees have independently made the decision to return to South Sudan since 2017, and efforts are being made to move the peace process forward and support these returns, conditions are not yet in place for large-scale returns and funds are needed now to help the refugees and the local communities that have welcomed them.

The 2021 South Sudan Regional Refugee Response Plan complements the South Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan for 2021, also launching today. The HRP requires US$1.7 billion in funding to provide life-saving assistance and protection to 6.6 million people - including 350,000 refugees - in need within the country, many of whom are facing severe food insecurity due to conflict, climate change-related emergencies and the economic impact of COVID-19.
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