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UN appeals for $1.6bn for 'shattered' South Sudan

Published on Feb 4, 2014 7:40 PM

JUBA (AFP) - The United Nations (UN) issued an urgent appeal on Tuesday for US$1.27 billion (S$1.62 billion) dollars for aid for South Sudan, hit by a seven-week-old conflict that has forced close to a million people from their homes.

"The priority is to save lives now, and ensure that we have food, medicine and other lifesaving supplies prepositioned in the field, in easy reach of aid agencies before the rains hit and the roads become impassable," said Mr Toby Lanzer, the UN's top aid official in South Sudan.

Describing the impact of the fighting as "devastating", he said there were 3.2 million people suffering the humanitarian consequences, including 900,000 people who have been forced to abandon their homes and thousands more wounded.

"Livelihoods have been lost, and people's ability to move livestock to pasture, to fish or to hunt, has been severely compromised," he said.

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