Khartoum January 22, 2023 – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has received financial support from the Japanese government to support South Sudanese refugees hosted by the Sudanese government.
The war in South Sudan during the year 2013 forced thousands of citizens to flee due to the intensification of military battles between the government army and the rebels, and they reached areas in the border White Nile state, where a number of shelter camps were established.
“The Government of Japan contributed $1.6 million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), to support protection and assistance interventions for refugees hosted in White Nile state,” said a statement issued by the UNHCR, a copy of which was received by (Sudan Tribune).
He stressed that the Japanese grant will benefit more than 220,000 refugees in the state who suffer from a complex humanitarian situation in the region, which has witnessed alarmingly high rates of food insecurity, in addition to benefiting members of the host community in the areas surrounding the camps from the funding.
He indicated that the funding will improve the health and nutritional outcomes of refugees by supporting the community management of acute malnutrition services for children and pregnant and lactating women, along with improving access to primary health care services and referrals for secondary health care, and also aims to support the water and sanitation sector.
“We are grateful to the government and people of Japan for this commitment and welcome our continued partnership to protect and assist refugees in Sudan,” said Axel Bishop, UNHCR Representative in Sudan.--
“As the country faces its worst food crisis in a decade, this timely funding will enable UNHCR to provide much-needed humanitarian assistance to refugees in White Nile state,” he added.-
The White Nile state in Sudan is among the most underfunded regions, hosting more than 280,000 refugees, more than 80 percent of whom live in 10 camps in two regions (Al-Salam and Al-Jabalin) on both sides of the White Nile River.
The Expanded Standard Nutrition Survey conducted by UNHCR in 2022 indicates an alarming situation for refugees in the state While widespread acute malnutrition is reported to be very high or critical, the prevalence of severe acute malnutrition is critical in all 10 camps in White Nile State. .
For his part, Ambassador of Japan to Sudan Takashi Hattori said, “I sincerely hope that this project will contribute to improving access to basic human needs such as health and water for refugees and asylum-seekers in White Nile State.”
Sudan is the second largest country of asylum in Africa, hosting more than 1.1 million refugees and asylum-seekers. In 2023, UNHCR Sudan needs $396 million to provide an effective response and provide life-saving assistance and protection.