Alain Noudehou, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, and Matthew HollingWorth, the Country Director of World Food Program (WFP), wade through flood water in Duk padiet county of Jonglei State, in South Sudan, Sept. 24, 2020.

The United States announced $81 million to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Sudan, reaching the vulnerable people affected by recent flooding, including refugees and those displaced by conflict in Darfur, South Sudan.

According to a Press Release by the Department of State Saturday, the funding includes “more than $64 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance and $17 million from the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.”  

It brings the total U.S. humanitarian response for vulnerable people to “more than $436 million in Fiscal Year 2020, including for the COVID-19 humanitarian response,” according to the statement.

“This assistance will provide critical protection, shelter, essential healthcare, emergency food assistance, education, and water, sanitation, and hygiene services for refugees, internally displaced people, and vulnerable host communities,” the statement read.

Sudan continues to confront a number of humanitarian challenges, including significant population displacement caused by intercommunal violence, which has endangered civilians and led to deteriorating humanitarian conditions. 

“The lingering effects of conflict, economic shocks, and recurrent environmental hazards, such as drought and the worst flooding in more than a century, have resulted in more than nine million people in need of humanitarian assistance,” said the US in statement, assuring “unfettered humanitarian access throughout the country”.

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  • Muhammad Arif Sheva holds a B.A degree in Journalism from Int'l Peace Leadership College Rizal, Philippines. Sheva works as an editor and content writer for Khaama Press.