United States (US) government has announced additional humanitarian assistance of $86 million to help conflict-affected people in South Sudan, as well as South Sudanese refugees in the region.
This new funding, announced on Wednesday, it said will provide much-needed “safe drinking water, emergency health care, nutrition services, shelter, improved sanitation facilities, agricultural training, and seeds, tools, and fishing supplies for the most vulnerable families and communities.”
South Sudan’s new cabinet is expected to be appointed on Thursday in preparation for its first meeting on Friday.
This first step towards the establishment of a new transitional government of national unity (TGoNU), to unite the two main factions divided by the two-year civil war, follows the arrival of vice presidential nominee Riek Machar in the capital Juba on Tuesday.
Machar’s much anticipated arrival follows repeated delays as he clashed with President Salva Kiir over the number of his followers, and the number and type of weapons they would be permitted to carry, who would be allowed to accompany him on his return to Juba.