Ex­tra $86M for famine cri­sis in South Su­dan

Metro Canada (Toronto) - - CANADA/WORLD -

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

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