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US pledges $133m for displaced South Sudan refugees

US pledges $133m for displaced South Sudan refugees

South Sudan

The United State has announced nearly $133million additional humanitarian assistance to South Sudan’s refugees and internally displaced people.

The aid comes amidst discussion over whether the US should cut its aid to the country trying to recover from civil war.

U.S secretary of state, John Kerry las month said US humanitarian assistance to South Sudan will not continue forever if its leaders “are not prepared to do what is necessary for their people”

More than one million people have fled South Sudan since fighting broke out in December 2013 and more than 1.6 million people have been internally displaced.

Some refugees from the country are taking shelter in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, and Uganda.

Forty percent of South Sudan’s population are now in need of life-saving assistance, with some people on the brink of starvation.

The new funding will boost emergency health services, increase access, and the availability of clean water and sanitation, provide psychosocial support and other services to survivors of gender-based violence, increase access to emergency education for refugee children, and build and expand new refugee camps throughout the region.

The United States has given nearly $1.9 billion in aid since the civil war started.

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