New UN appeal concentrated on food aid

The United Nations is asking for more than $500 million in emergency aid for South Sudan.

The bulk of the money will go to food aid. Assessments made by the government and the United Nations show that about half of the population, or 4.7 million people, are food insecure,Voice of America reports.

Lisa Grande, U.N. humanitarian coordinator in the country, points to food shortages, conflict and border closing as some of the reasons for the current humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. The country’s shutdown of oil production in January has only made matters worse.

It is uncertain whether the appeal will be fully funded, given the status of last year’s humanitarian appeal. Only one-third of the nearly $800 million appeal in 2011 has been funded as of May 16.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.