OCHA asks gov’t, partners to chip in to reduce aid dependency

The United Nations is calling for concerted efforts from all stakeholders to address the prolonged humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), urgent collective efforts are needed to help the vulnerable population.

South Sudan continues to face deteriorating humanitarian conditions as a result of conflict, public health challenges and climatic shocks.

“It takes an array of partners to support crisis-affected people. We need…to increase investment from the government, the UN and development partners including the World Bank, IMF and African Development Bank,” said Sara Beysolow Nyanti, Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan.

In 2022, the humanitarian community in South Sudan estimates that more than two-thirds of South Sudan’s population, 8.9 million people will experience severe food insecurity.

UN OCHA said the humanitarian crisis triggered by the legacy of civil war and chronic underdevelopment continues on a costly trajectory for the country’s people.

“The hope is that the humanitarian needs will go down,” Beysolow stated.

A continuation and increase in sub-national violence reported in many states in South Sudan continue to disrupt livelihoods and trade and contribute to an increase in humanitarian needs in 2022.