JUBA, — China has pledged 10 million US dollars in aid to help South Sudan respond to humanitarian needs.

Chinese Ambassador to South Sudan Ma Qiang told Xinhua here over the weekend that the funds would be used to purchase food and non-food items in an effort to immediately save the lives of thousands who are in dire humanitarian condition.

Ma said the people of South Sudan were in critical need of humanitarian assistance, aggravated by the recent fighting between the country’s rival groups, which has forced nearly 1.0 million people to flee the country to seek refuge in neighbouring countries.

“I am going to meet the minister of humanitarian affairs to discuss other items that are urgently needed so that we can immediately provide to rescue those in dire need of assistance,” Ma told Xinhua in Juba.

The current humanitarian situation was prompted by renewed fighting between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those who support rebel leader Riek Machar and the mid-December 2013 civil strife.

Ma says the immediate humanitarian assistance needed includes rice, shelters and medical drugs for maternal diseases and cholera, as well as other valuable medical equipment.

He stressed that at this critical time China is still committed to providing humanitarian assistance to those who are in need.

In 2016, humanitarian needs in South Sudan have continued to grow as a result of violence, displacement, hunger and disease.

Source: Name News Network