UN seeks to raise over 800 mln USD for refugees, displaced people in Sudan in 2017

Source: Xinhua| 2017-06-01 01:08:11|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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KHARTOUM, May 31 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations asked the international community on Wednesday to donate 804 million U.S. dollars in 2017 for the displaced people and South Sudanese refugees in Sudan.

The humanitarian community in Sudan launched on Wednesday the Multi-Year Humanitarian Strategy (MYHS) for 2017-2019 and the Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) 2017 to address humanitarian needs in Sudan, according to UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Sudan (OCHA).

"In 2017, the total funding sought for humanitarian projects through HRP is 804 million dollars, to benefit some 4 million people," OCHA said.

"Developed in close consultation with the government of Sudan, MYHS is the first of its kind in Sudan and recognizes that Sudan has both new and long-term humanitarian needs which require different types of interventions," it noted.

It further said the strategy represents a commitment by the humanitarian community to better address the long-term needs and strive toward a sustainable reduction in needs, vulnerabilities and risk.

"While there has been limited new internal displacement in 2017, humanitarian needs in Sudan remain significant, with 4.8 million people in need of assistance, including 2.3 million internally displaced persons," it said.

It added that millions of people are facing food insecurity, acute malnutrition and are in need of access to health, improved water and sanitation services.

The Sudanese government estimates that Sudan is hosting about 600,000 South Sudanese refugees fleeing the war and famine in their country.