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US donates $57 million to cushion crisis

By William Madouk

 

United States of America has announced more than $57 million in additional humanitarian assistance to address urgent needs of crisis-affected people in South Sudan.

In his remark on the occasion of July 4 or the independence of the United States, the US ambassador to South Sudan, Micheal J. Adler cited that United State government would also donate another $100 millions in coming months.

“As part of that support, today I am announcing more than $57 million in additional humanitarian assistance to address urgent needs of crisis-affected people in South Sudan,” said Adler.

“And we intend to provide additional support in the coming months, including $100 million in food aid in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture,” he added.

According to U.S, the aid providing this year by American government in South Sudan is nearly $351 million to date in Fiscal Year 2024 and to approximately $7.3 billion since 2011.

US Envoy appealed to authorities in Juba to increase its own contribution to assist 9 million vulnerable that constitutes 75 percent of the country’s population including over 700,000 people, who have fled from Sudan since April 15th, 2023.

“I again call on the transitional government to reduce the costs and risks faced by international donors and humanitarian workers seeking to help the South Sudanese people,” the envoy stressed.

“This includes full and consistent implementation of the transitional government’s commitment to fully enforce exemptions from taxes, duties, and fees for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, UN specialized agencies, diplomatic missions, and other international donors and their contractors, grantees, and implementing partners in South Sudan,” he noted.

This year marks the 248th anniversary of the independence of the United States since 1779.

“When we celebrate the anniversary of our Declaration of Independence, we are celebrating and honoring the “self-evident” truths enshrined in that document. These are indeed truths and values that we should all seek to honor every day,” Alder noted.

 

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