Statement by the U.S. Embassy on the Ambassador’s Visit to Malakal, Upper Nile State, December 14, 2023


On December 14 Ambassador Michael Adler visited Malakal in Upper Nile State where he heard first-hand from people about the challenges they face.  The visit was also a chance to gain visibility on UN peacekeeping operations.  The Ambassador was joined by personnel from the U.S. Embassy and from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Organizations Office of Peacekeeping Operations.

Intercommunal violence in the Malakal protection of civilians site this year led to the relocation of thousands of people and tremendous hardship.  Meanwhile, South Sudan continues to grapple with the needs of over two million internally displaced persons nationwide and the number of people fleeing conflict in Sudan is expected to reach 500,000 by the end of this year.

U.S. government assistance to returnees and refugees from Sudan to South Sudan this year will exceed $100 million, bringing total U.S. government humanitarian assistance to the people of South Sudan to more than $550 million in Fiscal Year 2023.  The United States also contributes over $300 million annually to UN peacekeeping operations in South Sudan.  Amid increasing global demand for humanitarian assistance and shrinking donor resources, it is imperative that the transitional government ensures public revenue is used to meet the humanitarian needs of all its people, including displaced persons nationwide.