A UNHCR official calls for more international attention to South Sudan.
Raouf Mazou, Assistant High Commissioner for Operations at UNHCR, called on the international community on Friday to support South Sudan with climate-adapted development assistance to help it transition from relying on humanitarian aid.
After a five-day visit, Mazou called for more international attention and funding for the country, which has been hit by catastrophic floods for four years, leaving almost one million people in severe need of aid.
Mazou visited Bentiu, in the north, which has been heavily damaged by water and saw local efforts to safeguard the people from the effects of flooding.
“People who have suffered for years as a result of violence are now on the frontlines of a climatic disaster that has robbed them of their ability to maintain themselves.” This cycle must be interrupted, and we call to donors to provide additional money so that we may increase help,” Mazou added.
South Sudan is home to around 340,000 refugees, most of whom are Sudanese. Since 2018, the nation has accepted approximately 600,000 refugee returns from neighbouring countries.
Mazou visited agricultural cooperatives in Torit, in the east, one of the regions housing returns, where former refugees and local community members labour together in a farming cooperative to make a livelihood.
“I am impressed by these communities’ tenacity and the possibilities for solutions.” “I urge our development partners to make significant investments in these regions so that essential services are available to returning families and the communities that welcome them,” Mazou said.
With approximately 2.3 million South Sudanese refugees in neighbouring countries, South Sudan’s refugee crisis is Africa’s greatest. Another 6.8 million people need immediate life-saving assistance due to intermittent community violence and growing food shortages.