United States through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $106 million in additional humanitarian assistance through the UN World Food Program (WFP) for the people of South Sudan. This is due to the devastating effects of violence, food insecurity, the COVID-19 pandemic, and successive years of widespread flooding–all of which are compounded by impacts resulting from Russia’s unprovoked war against Ukraine.
Through this money, the U.S. government is supporting WFP to provide food and nutrition assistance to nearly 914,000 crisis-affected people, including refugees and individuals facing food insecurity and malnutrition, across South Sudan. In addition, these funds will support logistics efforts by WFP to move vital relief commodities to help people most in need around the country. This new assistance follows USAID’s July 7 announcement of $117 million in assistance for South Sudan made available by the drawdown of the Bill Emerson Humanitarian Trust, which is also providing vital food and nutrition assistance through WFP.
Further, its estimated that between seven and eight million people in South Sudan are facing acute food insecurity during the current June to September lean season, primarily due to conflict and insecurity, poor economic conditions, and recurrent flooding. Nearly nine million people, more than 70 percent of the country’s population, are in need of humanitarian assistance.