NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday said
it will use over 30 million euros received from the German
government to tackle high malnutrition among children and
provide safe water and sanitation to thousands in South Sudan.
Mahimbo Mdoe, the
UNICEF Representative in South Sudan, told journalists in Juba
that they will support over 4 million children at risk of
malnutrition, disease in the nutrition, water and sanitation and
child protection programs.
He added that less
than half of the population in South Sudan has access to safe
water and only more than 10 percent have access to basic
Most of the funding
will be used in the northern areas of Jonglei, Bentiu Malakal
and Baggari area of Wau where severe acute malnutrition is high
among children living in the Protection of Civilian sites (PoCs).
Mdoe disclosed that
children have become the face of the humanitarian crisis fueled
by conflict and economic collapse.
According to the
2018 Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), more
than 48 percent of the South Sudanese population is facing
severe acute food insecurity, out of which 1 million people are
facing emergency food insecurity.
In addition one out
of five children fled their homes and there are more than 1
million child refugees from South Sudan.