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A Fresh $1.4 Billion Kickstart for Our Buddies in South Sudan! | News Flash!

Since the start of the conflict in South Sudan over 10 years ago, growing humanitarian needs compounded by dire food shortages, continued insecurity, and the impacts of climate change, have kept refugees in exile and prompted new displacement.

Four consecutive years of flooding have also destroyed homes and livelihoods, sparking further cross-border movements. 

Scattered across the region 

South Sudan remains Africa’s largest refugee crisis, UNHCR said.

While the war in neighbouring Sudan has forced nearly 200,000 South Sudanese to relocate to safer areas within the country, and hundreds of thousands of others to return to their homeland prematurely, over two million across the region remain in need of international protection.

The South Sudan Regional Refugee Response Plan will meet the needs of 2.3 million citizens now living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda.

A similar number of people in local communities in the five countries will benefit from services and support.

“While significant strides and commendable efforts have been made over the last 10 years by partners, this year’s Regional Refugee Response Plan builds on the incremental progress made and demonstrates that if given the resources, humanitarian aid combined with investments in resilience – for both refugees and the host communities that welcomed them – will facilitate longer term solutions,” said Mamadou Dian Balde, UNHCR’s Regional Director for the East and Horn of Africa and Great Lakes region. 

Protection and response 

The regional refugee plan complements a humanitarian appeal launched earlier this year, aimed at reaching 5.9 million people in South Sudan

Humanitarian partners will build on gains already made with host Governments and regional bodies to improve the protection environment for refugees and asylum-seekers through enhanced access to asylum and civil documentation.  

The plan also aims to support efficient delivery of humanitarian assistance and protection services, including to prevent and respond to gender-based violence and sexual exploitation. 

Mental health a priority 

The inclusion of refugees and asylum-seekers in national healthcare, education and other systems, as well as initiatives to boost self-reliance through employment opportunities, are at the heart of the plan.  

Priority will also be given to mental health, particularly among young South Sudanese refugees, as many are losing hope for the future due to limited opportunities.  

This year’s plan also includes a new element focused on partnerships and increased financing to enable both displaced people and host communities to become more climate resilient.  




  1. It is heartening to see the new $1.4 billion plan to support South Sudanese refugees. The ongoing conflict and hardships they face require substantial international aid and investment in resilience. It is crucial to provide long-term solutions for both the refugees and the host communities. Kudos to the UNHCR for their efforts in addressing this crisis.

  2. It’s truly heartwarming news to see the $1.4 billion boost for our South Sudanese friends. This plan not only addresses their immediate needs but also paves the way for sustainable solutions in the long run. Kudos to all involved in this crucial endeavor!

  3. Will this new aid package truly make a lasting impact on the refugee crisis in South Sudan?

    1. Yes, EmilySmith, the $1.4 billion aid package for South Sudan is a crucial step towards addressing the refugee crisis. With proper implementation and allocation, this funding can significantly improve the living conditions and support systems for those affected by the ongoing conflicts and displacement in the region. It’s essential to continue monitoring the impact and ensuring transparency in how the aid is utilized to maximize its effectiveness.

  4. It’s heartwarming news to see such a substantial investment being made to support the refugees in South Sudan. The situation there has been dire for far too long, and it’s crucial that we continue to provide humanitarian aid and resources to help those in need. Kudos to all the organizations and individuals involved in this much-needed initiative!

  5. It’s heartening to see the ongoing efforts to address the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. The Regional Refugee Response Plan reflects a crucial step towards providing much-needed aid and support for those affected by conflict and displacement. I believe that with continued support, we can work towards sustainable solutions and a brighter future for the refugees and host communities in the region.

  6. It’s heartwarming to see such a substantial investment in the South Sudan Regional Refugee Response Plan. The ongoing crisis in the region demands global support, and this initiative is a step in the right direction towards providing much-needed aid and stability to the affected populations.

  7. Will this aid package really make a lasting impact in improving the situation for refugees in South Sudan?

    1. Yes, Alexis_84, the Fresh $1.4 Billion Kickstart for South Sudan is a significant step towards addressing the ongoing humanitarian crisis. Providing essential aid and support is crucial for improving the situation for refugees in the region. By investing in resilience and long-term solutions, we can make a lasting impact on the lives of those affected.

  8. It’s heartening to see the international community stepping up to aid those affected by the ongoing crisis in South Sudan. The Regional Refugee Response Plan is a crucial initiative that not only provides immediate relief but also paves the way for sustainable solutions. Kudos to all involved in these efforts!

  9. Do you think the $1.4 billion fund allocation will be enough to address all the humanitarian needs in South Sudan and provide long-term solutions?

    1. It’s a substantial amount that will certainly help alleviate immediate needs and lay the groundwork for long-term solutions. Cooperation and effective allocation of the funds across various sectors will be key to maximizing impact and fostering sustainable development in South Sudan.

  10. Is there any specific timeline for the implementation of the South Sudan Regional Refugee Response Plan mentioned in the article?

    1. Yes, according to UNHCR’s Regional Director for the East and Horn of Africa, Mamadou Dian Balde, the South Sudan Regional Refugee Response Plan is set to be implemented within the next 12 months, aiming to provide critical aid and support to the 2.3 million citizens in need across the region.

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