UN seeks $1.3 billion in humanitarian funding for South Sudan

January 19, 2016 22:26

NAIROBI - The United Nations is seeking $1.3 billion in humanitarian aid for South Sudan, where two in ten of the population have been driven from their homes during two years of conflict.

More than 10,000 people have been killed and 2.3 million displaced since the country's civil war broke out in December 2013, when soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir first clashed with troops who backed his deputy, Riek Machar.

Eugene Owusu, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, said $1.3 billion would be the "bare minimum" needed to support 5.1 million people in the country facing life-threatening circumstances. "The challenge we face is unprecedented," he said.

The UN said more than 680,000 children below the age of five are believed to be acutely malnourished.

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