South Africa: Juba The United Nations has released a new report that estimates 9.4 million South Sudanese people will need protection services and humanitarian assistance in the next year. That’s half a billion more than the current figure.
The following is an extract from the 2023 South Sudan Humanitarian needs OverviewMore people will be facing food insecurity by 2023. Nearly a third of the 12.4 million South Sudanese people are currently experiencing severe food insecurity.
The report stated that humanitarian conditions were worsened due to endemic violence and conflict, access restrictions, operational interference, public challenges, and climate change effects like flooding and drought.
The counties of the Upper Nile and Western Equatoria States, which have been in conflict, will require the most assistance.
“Something has to change in South Sudan because the number of people in need continues to rise every year and the resources continue to decrease,” said Sara Beysolow Nyanti, the Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, in a statement.
Nyanti appealed for peace conditions and development to decrease the need to provide humanitarian aid.
Violence continues to plague the country and poses a threat to a 2018 peace agreement signed by former rivals President Salvakiir, deputy Riek Machar.
Machar recently accused Kiir, in violation of the peace agreement.