JUBA, July 19 (Xinhua) -- South Sudan on Thursday called on aid agencies to open more humanitarian aid corridors in an effort to reach the recently affected communities with much-needed aid.
Hussein Mar Nyuot, Humanitarian Affairs Minister, called on both local and international aid agencies to build communities resilience through unhindered relief supplies
"With your support our people can cope up with ways of sustaining their livelihoods. We need to join hands and appeal together to our donors to with help our communities with more aid," Nyuot said during the launch of South Sudan National Resilience Conference (SSNRC) in Juba.
He said both national organizations and UN aid agencies play a big role in building community resilience because they understand the issues that are facing people at the grassroots.
The minister said the compounding effects of the widespread violence and sustained economic decline further weakens the capacity of people to face threats to their safety, livelihood and health.
"People of South Sudan need support and the right way to channel it is through funding National organization," he stressed.
The event was organized by the 10 national nongovernment organizations and attended by UN agencies under the theme: Building resilient communities for peaceful co-existence in South Sudan.
Felix Sunday Khamis, Executive Director for Grassroots Relief and Development Agency (GREDA), said the polarization of ethnicity has led to an erosion of social cohesion which has emerged as powerful negative factors.
As the conflict in South Sudan enters its fifth year, the humanitarian crisis has continued to intensify and expand, on a costly trajectory for the country's people and their outlook on the future.
UN agencies estimated that about more than 7 million people are in need of aid assistance as more than 2 million have fled to neighboring countries.
Millions of South Sudanese civilians have sought refuge in neighboring countries as the conflict rages on despite attempts by international players to end it.