This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 10 January 2014, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
UNHCR is appealing today for US$99 million to help the hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the worsening humanitarian crises in South Sudan and the Central African Republic. The money is both for the South Sudanese and Central Africans who have fled their countries as well as for those who are displaced internally.
The $99 million comprises $59 million for the South Sudan situation and $40.2 million for the Central African Republic crisis, both for the period till end March. It follows a joint appeal on 31 December by OCHA for $209 million for South Sudan and a 24 December 100 Day Plan for CAR covering $152.2 million in immediate support needs. Today’s appeals reflect the worsening situations in both cases, with hundreds of thousands of people now affected.
In South Sudan, the situation has continued to deteriorate. Fighting has spread to seven of the country’s 10 states. The number of South Sudanese fleeing to neighbouring countries has quickly increased, and now totals some 43,000 people. As of Wednesday, 32,443 South Sudanese had arrived in Uganda, 4,754 in Kenya’s Kakuma Refugee Camp, some 6,000 in Ethiopia and at least several hundred in Sudan, with unconfirmed reports of thousands having fled there. Uganda is now seeing between 4,000 and 5,000 South Sudanese arriving every day.[Full story]