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The government of the Republic of the people of China has donated US$ 5 million to South Sudanese who are at the threshold of acute hunger in the country following the aftermath of famine and drought declaration.
JUBA, 10 June 2017 [Gurtong]-During the handing over ceremony held in WFP warehouse this week, the Undersecretary in the Ministry of humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Gatwech Peter Kulang appreciated China’s efforts in helping South Sudan.
Kulang explained that the conflict of 2013 crippled the economy of South Sudan.
“The conflict and the erratic weather are the main drivers of acute food insecurity compounded by economic meltdown resulting in devastating effects on livelihood situations across the country,” Kulang said.
He further explained that 3.8 million South Sudanese were affected early this year by conflict and became victims of food insecurity.
He stated that between February and April 2017 the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance had increased to almost 5 million, out of which 100,000 are facing famine conditions especially in Leer and Mayendit.
Gatwech however said humanitarian agencies have made significant efforts with humanitarian aid support to reduce food insecurity in the areas affected by the 3 years of conflict, adding that the government of China has been helping South Sudanese by donating money to buy food items through United Nations agencies and humanitarian agencies operating in the country.
“The government of China has donated what they call “Gift” to the people of South Sudan. The money donated has been given to World Food Programme (WFP) inform of food items which will be distributed to the priority areas which are most affected by hunger” said Kulang.
The Ambassador of China to South Sudan He Xiangdong said that 8000 metrics tons of rice is on the way to arrive as part of this support by China to South Sudanese.
The World Food Programme South Sudan Country Director, Ms Joyce Luma highly praised the donation granted by the government of China to the people of South Sudan.
Meanwhile, 24 individuals including children and the elderly have been reported dead after starving in Labarap County in Buma State.
Speaking to Gurtong during an interview with the Deputy Governor of Buma State, Rachael Anok Omoto said starvation in the area is getting out of hand.
“Starvation is very serious here in Buma State. There is no food for the people staying within and there are no quick interventions of humanitarian aid assistance to the State” said Rachael.
In February, South Sudan government and three UN agencies declared famine in parts of the country, saying the calamity is a result of prolonged civil war and an entrenched economic crisis that has devastated the world’s youngest nation.
Humanitarian agencies warned that more than half the country’s population will need food assistance this year.