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The conference, organized by the Norwegian government and the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) commenced on Monday and will end on Tuesday.
United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Toby Lanzer said the crisis needs US$1.8billion, adding that only $570 million has been realized so far.
Lanzer warned that “six months” from now the crisis is likely to worsen if donors fail to urgently intervene on the situation.
“Right now, we are in a better space than we will be in six month time,” he said. The conference has attracted over 260 delegates from 41 countries.
According to Lanzer, about 50,000 children are currently suffering from malnutrition. The top UN official reiterated that saving of lives, preventing famine and restoring peace are the current major priorities stakeholders need to focus on.
The Norwegian government on Monday pledged US$63million as part of its contribution to alleviate the South Sudanese crisis.
The two-day conference would frame out a policy on how to better manage the humanitarian situation in South Sudan.
South Sudanese Foreign Minister, Dr. Barnaba Marial, representing the Juba government at the conference, urged delegates to focus on both medium and long term solutions to the humanitarian crisis in the new nation.
“The conflict has caused a lot of damage. In fact, it has also affected the livelihood of our people: culture, livestock rearing and fishing activities,” Marial said.
“The main problems facing displaced populations are very clear: food shortage and shelter, shortage of clean drinking water, lack of medicines and lack of education facilities in states affected by the conflict particularly in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile.”
The minister reaffirmed the Juba government’s commitment to work with humanitarian actors to allow access to all areas with relief items to help ease the crisis.
South Sudan is held hostage since last December following an attempted coup plot allegedly by loyalists of former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar, an accusation the now leader of SPLM/A in opposition repeatedly denied.
According to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), over one million people have been displaced in the country by the five-month crisis.
Lanzer said the dreaded cholera has broken out in the country which may worsen with the rains becoming more stable in South Sudan.
According to the South Sudanese Health Minister Dr Riek Kok, already one person has died of the disease and 18 cases have been reported by Thursday last week.
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