"The suffering of the South Sudanese people is just unimaginable", WFP Executive Director David Beasley said Monday in a press release.
The larger than anticipated refugee movements have shifted funding priorities and created shortages that affect the quality of life in all aspects. "Many are dying from hunger and disease, many more have fled their homeland for safety overseas", Beasley said, adding that many are "close to the abyss".
Beasley, who was appointed WFP chief in March, said that shortages of cash had forced the United Nations body to decrease its aid to famine-stricken refugees, who have escaped poverty and war in South Sudan.
South Sudanese wait to collect food donated by Saudi Arabia Government through the Islamic Council of South Sudan Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Juba South Sudan. "South Sudan is one of the greatest tragedies of our time", UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi told a donor conference in Geneva at which the appeal was launched on Monday (May 15).
"The number of people fleeing to Sudan in March surpassed the expected figure for the entire year", it said, with about 375,000 South Sudanese refugees now in the country.
The troubled country has reportedly now become the world's fastest growing refugee crisis with more than 1.8 million refugees, including one million children, having sought safety in Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic (CAR).
Less than three months after the formation of the TGoNU, the United Nations said humanitarian situation deteriorated drastically when fresh fighting erupted in the capital, Juba, on July 8, 2016.
The UN said people were now fleeing South Sudan at a rate that far exceeded already pessimistic estimates.
Ethiopia is hosting the same number, while the situation in Uganda is even more dire, with almost 900,000 refugees from South Sudan in that country. WFP Executive Director David Beasley, a long-time member of the US Republican Party and former governor of SC, called the suffering "just unimaginable."They are close to the abyss".
Kenya counts about 97,000 South Sudanese refugees, DR Congo has 76,000 and the Central African Republic has 2,200.
The United Nations has urged donor countries to raise their contributions to South Sudanese refugees, saying some Dollars 1.4 billion would be needed to help people out of starvation inside and outside the war-torn country.
The updated response plan does not cover humanitarian needs of around two million people displaced internally in South Sudan.