The United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF) on Monday appealed for US$34.8 million over the next three months to avert a humanitarian catastrophe for children in South Sudan.
UNICEF said in a statement released in South Sudan’s capital Juba that humanitarian needs have reached an all-time high in 2022, while available funding is at an all-time low.
“With the pandemic and new pressures from world events affecting commodity supplies, increasing prices and disrupting supply chains, we are seeing this situation worsen. And our ability to respond is under additional pressure,” said UNICEF Representative in South Sudan, Hamida Lasseko.
UNICEF said global shocks such as the conflict in Ukraine and the global rise in the prices of supplies and commodities threaten the ability of the UN children‘s agency and its partners to meet the needs of the most vulnerable.
According to the UN, South Sudan is already one of the hardest places in the world to have a child today, with some of the lowest global indicators for out-of-school children, malnutrition, immunization and child protection. Final article