Republic of Korea provides USD 200,000 for humanitarian assistance to women and children in South Sudan

14 December 2020
A student wearing a blue UNICEF-labelled backpack walks away from camera
UNICEF South Sudan/2020/Hill

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN – The Republic of Korea has provided USD 200,000 to UNICEF to help women and children in dire need of humanitarian assistance in South Sudan. UNICEF estimates that in 2021 a total of 7.5 million people, which is two-thirds of the population in the country, will need humanitarian assistance.

“I wish the support by the Korean Government helps the South Sudanese to fight the unprecedented challenge, COVID-19 pandemic. Korea is committed to expanding cooperation with South Sudan for its sustainable development,” says H.E. HA Byung-kyoo, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea.

Many children and their families in South Sudan are affected by concurrent intercommunal violence, armed conflict, cyclical drought and perennial flooding. The recent floods have impacted the lives of more than one million people and disrupted their access to health care, nutrition services, drinking water and education.

Women and children are most at risk from the resulting displacement and disruption of essential lifesaving services. They experience significant protection issues including abduction, gender-based violence and threats to their safety.

“The support by the Republic of Korea is very timely,” says Mohamed Ag Ayoya, UNICEF South Sudan Representative. “We are grateful for this support. Thanks to this generous support we will be able to bring more help and hope to the women and children in greatest need.”

Exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and underfunding of humanitarian appeals, the scale of the needs among the population is fast outstripping the ability of the humanitarian actors to respond. The contribution of the Republic of Korea will be instrumental in ensuring life-saving assistance for the ones most in need in the hard to reach areas.

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Yves Willemot
Chief of Communication
UNICEF South Sudan
Tel: +211 91 216 2888

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