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UN says $210 million needed to aid South Sudan

Published on Dec 26, 2013 8:32 AM
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Newly arrived displaced families wait at Tomping United Nations base near Juba international airport, where some 12,000 people from the Nuer tribe have sought refuge at, on Dec 24, 2013. Aid agencies need US$166 million (S$210 million) over the next three months to help civilians in violence-wracked South Sudan, the United Nations said on Wednesday. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - Aid agencies need US$166 million (S$210 million) over the next three months to help civilians in violence-wracked South Sudan, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

The money is needed for maintaining health and sanitation, distributing food, as well as managing camps for those displaced by the recent ethnic clashes, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement.

It would also be used to help some 200,000 refugees from neighbouring Sudan who have fled to the South Sudanese states of Unity and Upper Nile.

"There are at least 90,000 people who have been displaced in the past ten days. This includes 58,000 people who are sheltering in UN peacekeeping bases," said UN humanitarian coordinator for South Sudan Toby Lanzer in the statement.

 
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