ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
Half of South Sudan’s estimated 12 million people
could become displaced internally or externally by the end of
2017 if a solution isn’t found to South Sudan’s civil war.
The information was
revealed on Monday by Beny Geion Mabior, Commissioner of the
South Sudan Human rights Commission during a half day seminar by
South Sudanese Young Leaders Forum (SSYLF) held at the Ethiopian
capital, Addis Ababa.
SSYLF was formed by
a group of 70 prominent South Sudanese youth in January 2017 in
Nairobi, Kenya, to have a common voice to urge warring factions
to end the brutal civil war.
Mabior, who’s also a
member of SSYLF, says with South Sudan currently facing 830
percent inflation and severe food scarcity, it is urgent for
political leaders to end the war or risk South Sudan facing
nation South Sudan has around 2 million internally displaced
people in need of food aid with drought and civil war creating a
Another 2 million
have fled to neighboring countries, primarily fleeing the brutal
conflict that’s been ongoing since December 2013 when clashes
between forces broadly loyal to president Salva Kiir and his
ex-deputy Riek Machar quickly turned into an allout civil war.
Mario Nakuwa, a
founding member of SSYLF, says the euphoria of South Sudan’s
independence from Sudan in July 2011 obscured tribal divisions
that should have been tackled long ago.
Nakuwa called for
urgent dialogue among South Sudanese living at home and in the
diaspora to resolve the ongoing civil war.
South Sudanese army denies
planned offensive on rebel stronghold
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
South Sudan’s Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA)
on Monday denied planning an offensive on the rebel stronghold
of Pagak near the Ethiopian border.
Brigadier Lul Ruai Koang told Xinhua following revelations by
the head of UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) David Shearer
last week that government troops were moving on to attack the
SPLA-in opposition (SPLA-IO) headquarters located in the
northeastern part of the war-torn country.
“That’s not true, we
are not moving on Pagak. We have been defending our positions,”
Koang said in Juba. “We are not anywhere near Pagak,” he added.
Organization for Migration (IOM) disclosed that 5,000 people
have fled from the area north of Pagak fearing clash between the
warring groups and have since been registered in the town before
they passed into Ethiopia as refugees.
“There has been an
active military engagement over the past week with heavy
fighting around Mathiang north of Pagak on July 2,” Shearer said
The rebel (SPLA-IO)
spokesman Col. William Gatjiath Deng also dismissed fears that
the SPLA troops had moved on their stronghold.
“Please denounce the
propaganda that merciless forces of Salva Kiir (SPLA) claimed to
have approached and surrounded Pagak GHQs, by which forces
should they be able to surround Pagak GHQs,” he said.
He said that the
SPLA-IO forces are now assembled in Thocdeng and are determined
to fight with government troops at Wichluakjak area.
descended into violence in December 2013 after political dispute
between President Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar led to
fighting that pitted mostly Dinka ethnic soldiers loyal to Kiir
against Machar’s Nuer ethnic group.
The 2015 peace
agreement to end the violence was again violated in July 2016
when the rival factions resumed fighting in the capital forcing
Machar to flee into exile.
The conflict has
killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions that
have sought refuge in neighboring countries
Malaria claims over 1,900 lives
in South Sudan in six months
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
Malaria has caused 1,956 deaths in South Sudan,
making it one of the main causes of illness in the world’s
newest nation, the UN humanitarian agency said.
The UN Office for
Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its latest
report released on Saturday evening said more than 928,141
malaria cases have been reported since January and warns that
the mosquito-borne disease is expected to increase as rainy
season sets in.
“Deaths caused by
malaria representing 76.9 percent of all disease-related deaths
recorded so far in 2017. The counties most-affected to date are
Aweil North, Gogrial West, Juba, Maban, Torit and Wau,” the UN
during the mid-year rainy season as mosquitoes, which transmit
the disease, breed in stagnant water.
are scaling up their malaria prevention and response, with
distribution of mosquito nets, and replenishment of antimalarial
drugs in health facilities ongoing.
There were at least
20 robberies or ambushes of vehicles involved in humanitarian
activities in June.
Malaria is endemic
in South Sudan, especially during the country’s rainy season,
and there is an annual upswing in cases around July.
In recent years,
conflict, displacement and poor access to health services have
contributed to the severity of malaria outbreaks, with 2016
having the highest number of recorded cases since South Sudan
South Sudan seeks help to
tackle army worm invasion
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
South Sudan on Thursday appealed to UN
agencies and development partners to offer technical and
financial support to assist in combating an outbreak of fall
armyworms which is spreading rapidly across the country.
Minister of Agriculture and Food Security told journalists in
Juba that the crop-eating pest has already affected 166,000
hectares of farm land, 500 of which were destroyed completely.
Adingo said the
government initially provided 588,000 U.S. dollars to purchase
pesticides, warning that the fund will not be enough to roll out
a nationwide armyworms control program to contain the outbreak.
He said additional
financial and technical support is required from UN agencies and
development partners to enable the government to strengthen
control and surveillance of the pest.
“If this outbreak
continues to spread into the northern parts of the country where
large scale agriculture is taking place now, we are afraid there
will be a very big destruction to us because this will increase
the threat of food insecurity,” Adingo said.
The war-torn country
last month declared an outbreak of armyworms in the southeastern
parts of the country, but the worms have now spread into the
bread basket region of Equatoria and parts of Barh El Gazel.
“The ministry of
agriculture and food security is appealing to development
partners such as FAO, UNDP, WFP and others to commit both
technical and financial support for us to carry out this noble
task,” he added.
The fall armyworm
has devastated many countries in Southern and Eastern Africa.
According to the
Food and Agriculture Organization, the fall armyworm can cause
extensive crop losses of up to 73 percent depending on existing
conditions and is difficult to control with a single type of
pesticide, especially when it has reached an advanced larval
The outbreak poses
another threat of food insecurity after a UN-backed report
released last month said famine has eased in the war-torn East
African country after massive humanitarian response , but warned
that the number of food insecure people remains worrying.
The Integrated Food
Security Phase Classification update by the government, the FAO,
UN Children’s Fund, the World Food Programme, said the food
situation remains dire as the number of people struggling to get
food increased from 4.9 million in February to 6 million, the
highest level of food insecurity ever experienced in South
“We import food from
outside because few people this year are able to cultivate. So
this outbreak of armyworms will cause more problems unless
something is done to stop it,” said Gorge Tadu, team leader of
South Sudan’s emergency fall armyworm control program.