US announces over $57M in humanitarian aid for South Sudan

The United States has committed more than $57 million in additional humanitarian aid to support hundreds of thousands of crisis-affected people in South Sudan. This announcement was made by US Ambassador Michael J. Adler at the Gabat Nutrition Site in Aweil, Northern Bahr el Ghazal State.

The aid package includes nearly $55 million from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and $2.4 million from the U.S. Department of State. South Sudan faces severe humanitarian challenges due to insecurity and climatic shocks like seasonal flooding, which have exacerbated the country’s needs.

The UN estimates that around 9 million people in South Sudan will require humanitarian assistance in 2024.

Additionally, over seven million people will need food aid during the lean season from April to July, and 1.6 million children under five are at risk of acute malnutrition.

The ongoing conflict in neighboring Sudan has also driven over 700,000 people, primarily South Sudanese, to flee back to South Sudan since April 2023.

With this new funding, USAID’s partners, including UN and non-governmental organizations, will provide essential support such as market-based assistance, healthcare, nutrition, protection, shelter, and water, sanitation, and hygiene services to the most vulnerable South Sudanese and returnees from Sudan.

This latest contribution brings the total US government humanitarian assistance to South Sudan to nearly $351 million in fiscal year 2024. Since South Sudan’s independence from Sudan in 2011, the US has provided almost $7.3 billion in aid to the country.

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