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US offers S Sudan over $133m in aid

Author : Hellen Achayo | Published: Friday, September 23, 2016

The United States has announced nearly $133 million in new humanitarian assistance for South Sudanese refugees in neighboring countries and internally displaced people.

The Administrator for the USAID, Gayle Smith, declared the additional funding at the High Level Side Event on South Sudan on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The US says the funding will assist South Sudanese refugees as well as refugees from other countries who are taking refuge in the country.

This new funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian aid for the people in South Sudan to nearly 1.9 billion dollars since the start of the conflict in December 2013.

While announcing the funding, the US has demanded that all parties stop attacking civilians and allowing humanitarian access to those in need throughout South Sudan.

“We call on South Sudan’s leaders to prioritize the safety and security of the citizens they represent, to restore stable environments for civilians and humanitarians, and to enable people to rebuild their lives,” it said in a statement.

More than 2.7 million people have had to flee their homes; either to other parts of South Sudan or to neighboring countries as refugees.

The US says the new funding will boost emergency health services, increase access to clean water and sanitation, provide psychosocial support and other services.

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