CERF gives $6 million to crisis-affected people in South Sudan
14 August 2013: The ongoing intercommunal fighting between State and non-state armed groups in South Sudan has continued to deteriorate. Pibor County in Jonglei State is now one of the deadliest areas in South Sudan. High levels of direct targeting of civilians have forced thousands of people to seek refuge, fleeing from killings, rape, torture and beatings.
The United Nations estimates that the violence has affected 100,000 people, 60,000 of whom are estimated to be in critical need of food. Internal displacement has occurred within Pibor County to other counties in Jonglei State, or to other states in South Sudan. Another 24,000 people from Jonglei State have fled to neighbouring Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.
In response to the humanitarian crisis, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided a rapid response grant of US$6,053,561 to two UN agencies.
The World Food Programme (WFP) received $5,386,810 to provide emergency food assistance to internally displaced persons. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) received $666,751 to provide emergency nutrition supplies. UNICEF will also provide water, sanitation and hygiene facilities.
The allocations are expected to benefit 60,000 people.