South Sudan, 21 February 2014: UNICEF South Sudan urgently needs US$ 75 million for children affected by humanitarian crisis ahead of rainy season
South Sudan appeal part of UNICEF’s annual global appeal for children – largest ever this year
JUBA, 21 February 2014 – UNICEF appealed today for US$ 75 million for South Sudan as part of its Humanitarian Action for Children 2014 (HAC) appeal. The annual global appeal, launched today in Geneva, was for almost US$2.2 billion for 50 countries, to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance in 2014 to 85 million people, including 59 million children, who face conflict, natural disasters and other complex emergencies. The HAC appeal highlights the daily challenges faced by children in humanitarian crises, the support required to help them survive and thrive, and the results that are possible even in the most difficult circumstances.
“I have just returned from South Sudan, the latest large-scale conflict to disrupt the lives of millions of innocent children. Over 400,000 children and their families have been displaced by the conflict, and over 3.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. The rainy season is coming and we need to preposition supplies and reinforce essential services, for which we need urgent funding to prevent a catastrophe,” said Ted Chaiban, UNICEF’s Director of Emergency Programmes.
Following the violence that broke out in December 2013, over 700,000 people have been displaced within the country and more than 150,000 others have sought refuge in neighbouring countries. UNICEF is working with partners to provide children and their families with water and sanitation, making provisions so that bore holes and latrines will be elevated before the floods that the rainy season will bring. It is reaching children with health and nutrition services, supporting vaccinations against diseases such as measles that can quickly become deadly. UNICEF is also providing safe places for children to learn and play, and helping to reunite children separated from their families.
Funds raised by the appeal will also help UNICEF in its work with partners to strengthen communities’ abilities to cope with future conflict or natural disaster shocks, by reinforcing national preparedness systems and developing resilience among children and communities.
“Children are always the most vulnerable group in emergencies, facing a high risk of violence, exploitation, disease and neglect,” Chaiban said. “But when support is made available, we can change the lives of children for the better,” he added.
Contributions to UNICEF’s 2014 appeal will allow the organization to build on its work in 2013, during which the following global results were achieved:
UNICEF particularly seeks resources that are not ear-marked for specific programmes or emergencies. This would allow the agency to respond to underfunded emergencies or where the needs are greatest; to apply innovative solutions to complex situations; and to integrate early recovery programming in large-scale emergencies.
For more information about UNICEF South Sudan and its work visit: http://www.unicef.org/southsudan
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To download the Humanitarian Action for Children 2014 report please click here: http://www.unicef.org/appeals/files/HAC_2014_South_Sudan_-_FINAL.pdf
For more information, please contact:
Doune Porter, Chief, Strategic Communication, UNICEF South Sudan
Mercy Kolok, Communication Officer, UNICEF South Sudan
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