Extra $86M for famine crisis in South Sudan
The woman appeared content for the moment, waiting under a tree for a little bit of salvation to fall from the sky.
International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau recalled seeing the woman in a northern remote region ofSouth Sudan during a four-day visit that wrapped up Monday.
The woman was one of the four million South Sudanese who have been internally displaced because of the four-year-old civil war raging in their country. Another two million have fled the country as refugees.
“It’s the middle of nowhere for us, she didn’t even have a roof over her head,” Bibeau recalled in a conference call. “She was sleeping under a tree waiting for airdrops to feed her family.”
South Sudan has emerged as one of the newest drivers of the larger global crisis in displaced people, one that reached epic new proportions Monday when the United Nations released the latest record-breaking number quantifying the problem: 65.6 million people on the planet have fled their homes.
The South Sudanese homeless are almost totally dependent on humanitarian assistance because when they do find sanctuary, they can’t resettle safely or grow food to feed themselves, said Melanie Gallant, head of humanitarian campaigning for Oxfam Canada.
Canada announced an additional contribution of $86 million to assist famine and war ravaged South Sudan. That’s on top of the $36.9 million Canada gave to South Sudan in March.
A malnourished child sits on a Doctors Without Borders clinic bed in Northern Bahr al Ghazal, South Sudan. GETTy IMAGES