UNICEF appeals for funding to avert further crises for children in South Sudan

Children South Sudan
(Xinhua/Pan Siwei)

The United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF) on Monday appealed for 34.8 million U.S. dollars in the next three months to avert a humanitarian catastrophe for children in South Sudan.

UNICEF said in a statement issued in Juba, the capital of South Sudan that the humanitarian needs are at a record high in 2022, while available funding is at an all-time low.

“With the pandemic and new pressures from global events impacting the supply of basic commodities, increasing prices and disrupting supply chains, we are seeing this situation get worse. And our ability to respond is facing further pressure,” UNICEF Representative in South Sudan Hamida Lasseko said.

UNICEF said the global shocks such as the conflict in Ukraine and global price increases of basic supplies and commodities threaten the UN children’s agency and its partners’ ability to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable.

According to the UN, South Sudan is already one of the toughest places in the world to be a child today, with some of the lowest global indicators for out-of-school children, malnutrition, immunization and child protection. Enditem

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