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  • Germany has, so far, given US$30 million to the WFP to aid the South Sudanese people.

    Germany has, so far, given US$30 million to the WFP to aid the South Sudanese people. | Photo: Reuters file

Published 26 January 2019
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The WFP official explained that the new funding will be used to provide food and nutrition assistance to vulnerable people, including the displaced population and children under the age of two.

According to the United Nation World Food Programme (WFP) disclose the receipt of a US$4.5-million humanitarian contribution, from Germany, which will provide aid for some seven million South Sudanese people.

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"It will allow us to preposition food ahead of the rainy season and deliver timely assistance to the people in need while giving the entire humanitarian community a reliable airlink across the country," WFP Acting Country Director in South Sudan Simon Cammelbeeck said in a statement.

The WFP official explained that the new funding will be used to provide food and nutrition assistance to vulnerable people, including the displaced population and children under the age of two.

The UN agency said that the agency provided food, rebuilding, infrastructure assistance to some 5 million people in 2018. South Sudan was devastated by a challenging agricultural season in 2018.

The funding is expected to address devastating levels of food insecurity in the African nation as well as enable the UN Humanitarian Air Service to continue humanitarian flights.

"Alongside humanitarian assistance to South Sudan, Germany will continue to support recovery and resilience building activities that will help the country become a food secure nation in the long term," Jan Hendrik van Thiel, German ambassador to South Sudan stated, reiterating Berlin’s committed to working with WFP and other humanitarian agencies to help vulnerable peoples.

The ambassador van Thiel added that Germany will “continue to support recovery and resilience building activities that will help the country become a food secure nation in the long term.”

Germany has, so far, given US$30 million to the WFP to aid South Sudan as well as more than US$850 million overall in 2018.

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