UNHCR, WFP PLEDGE TO STEP UP SUPPORT FOR SOUTH SUDANESE REFUGEES

GENEVA, May 16 (NNN-XINHUA) — The United Nations refugee agency and the World Food Programme (WFP) have vowed to jointly step up support for desperate refugees fleeing South Sudan.

In an updated response plan presented here Geneva Monday, the two agencies said that they are seeking 1.4 billion US dollars to provide life-saving aid to South Sudanese refugees who had fled to six neighboring countries up to the end of 2017.

The South Sudanese refugee response plan so far remains only 14 per cent funded, they said.

“Bitter conflict and deteriorating humanitarian conditions in South Sudan are driving people from their homes in record numbers,” said United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi.

According to the UN information, the situation in South Sudan continues to worsen, with a combination of conflict, drought and famine leading to further displacement and a rapid exodus of people fleeing one of the world’s most severe crises.

A UN source said that with more than 1.8 million refugees, one million of them children, having sought safety in neighbouring countries, South Sudan had now become the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.

The UNHCR said the current rate of people fleeing South Sudan exceeded the humanitarian community’s already pessimistic estimates, and the number of people fleeing to northern neigh our Sudan in March surpassed the expected figure for the entire year. — NNN-XINHUA

Source: NAM News Network