UN warns of funding shortages for South Sudan refugees


UNHCR has warned of funding shortages as thousands of refugees flee South Sudan causing strains on the surrounding countries.

The refugee agency said that it had received only $122 million of the $608.8 million needed for refugees in South Sudan and the six countries of asylum.

“Worst affected are remote regions in Uganda, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic where UNHCR had no previous presence,” UNHCR said in a statement.

The agency said the inability to provide food, shelter, basic services, psychosocial assistance, education and livelihood opportunities were prolonging vulnerabilities.

It appealed to the international community to support countries of asylum to protect and assist South Sudanese refugees.