NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA)
said on Monday that it is still in full control of Kajo
Keji town, dismissing claims that the border town fell
to rebels allied to former First Vice President Riek
Machar after renewed fighting last week.
spokesperson Lul Ruai Koang said government troops were
attacked at Bamure, located southwest of the capital in
the fighting that left three soldiers wounded and five
revealed that there is ongoing fighting in Ombachi area
of Yei state located southeast of Juba.
descended into violence in December 2013 after political
dispute between Salva 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.
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.
has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced
millions that have sought refuge in neighboring
South Sudan hunger crisis to persist despite improved
JUBASouth Sudan (Xinhua) --
Improved harvest between October
and December in South Sudan would reduce the number of
people suffering from severe food insecurity in the East
African country from 6 million in June to 4.8 million,
but will not end the hunger crisis, UN agencies said in
a joint report released on Monday.
the updated Integrated Food Security Phase
Classification (IPC) by the South Sudan Bureau of
Statistics, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization,
(FAO) UN children’s fund (UNICEF) and the World Food
Program (WFP), the post harvest gains will not end the
hunger crisis as conflict and hyperinflation persists in
the East African country.
warns that the food security situation is projected to
deteriorate at the start of 2018 when households
typically run out of food before the next harvest
Aruai, chairperson of the South Sudan Bureau of
Statistics, said during the launch in Juba that
humanitarian assistance and peace are critical in
averting the deteriorating and catastrophic level food
dialogue and peace revitalization process as well as
scaled up humanitarian assistance, if successfully
implemented, will gradually improve food security
situation between January and March 2018, he said.
FAO Representative in South Sudan, said that though a
massive humanitarian response helped stop famine in
parts of the country this year, the current harvest
season has not brought much relief to the millions of
people in South Sudan who don’t have enough food.
most of the country’s greenbelt has been ravaged by
fighting, adding that the situation is predicted to
peaceful solution to this man-made tragedy should be the
top priority or the situation will get even worse next
year,” Tissot said.
people are facing catastrophic conditions in two regions
according to the IPC scale, adding that aid agencies are
concerned about fate of civilians in the greater Baggari,
in northwestern town of Wau, where 10 percent of the
population is facing famine-like conditions because
analysis further says malnutrition has also worsened
compared to the same period last year, with surveys
showing malnutrition rates in most communities, above
the World Health Organization’s emergency threshold of
UNIECF representative in South Sudan, said more than 1.1
million children under the age of five are forecast to
be malnourished in 2018, including nearly 300,000
severely malnourished and at a heightened risk of death.
children are going hungry in South Sudan. More than one
in five of those struggling to feed themselves is a
child under five years of age Sudan. This has created a
malnutrition crisis that is putting many lives at risk,”
teams are facing enormous logistical and security
challenges to reach communities in need.
has been devastated by civil war that broke out in
December 2013 after President Salva Kiir accused his
former deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup. Machar
denied the accusation but then mobilized a rebel force.
A peace deal
signed in August 2015 led to the formation of a
transitional unity government in April, but was again
shattered by fresh violence in July, 2016.
thousands of South Sudanese have been killed, with over
3.9 million displaced both internally and externally.
FAO said it
has provided fishing, crop and vegetable-growing kits to
more than 4.2 million people in South Sudan to help them
grow or catch their own food.
together with its partners, it has treated more than
160,000 children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) so
far this year, with 207,000 malnourished children
targeted across the country.
WFP and its
partners have assisted 4.6 million people in South Sudan
so far in 2017 with cash or food, including nutrition
support for children under the age of five years.
Over 1,000 foreigners risk losing jobs in South Sudan
over work permit
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
South Sudan’s relief agency
said on Monday that it has identified more than 1,000
illegal expatriates working with humanitarian
organizations in the East African nation and have given
them one-month ultimatum to acquire work permits or face
In a letter
addressed to the United Nations Office for the
Coordination Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), the South
Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC)
directed all expatriates employed by aid agencies to
obtain work permits by Dec. 4.
Chairperson Paul Dhel Gum said those who fail to comply
with the directive would face termination of their
employment contract, adding that those with valid visas
will be allowed to stay in the country without being
He said the
government was prompted to take action after several
humanitarian organizations refused to obey the
requirements of the South Sudan NGO Act 2016.
of the NGO Act states that expatriates be equipped with
a valid work permit through the duration of their
employment in South Sudan.
fail to get work permits within the 30 days, definitely
we will ask the NGOs to terminate their contracts in
South Sudan or subsequently, they will be asked to leave
the country,” Gum told Xinhua by phone on Monday.
expecting the international organizations to comply with
the law and there is no compromise when it comes to
issues to do with the law,” he added.
the country’s ministry of labor and public service
announced new annual work permit rates for foreigners
ranging between 500 to 4,000 U.S. dollars effective Nov.
1, instead of the previous fee of 100 dollars in order
to raise revenue for the cash strapped government to
fund its activities.
increment prompted an outcry from humanitarian agencies
who described it as way of restricting work of foreign
aid workers in the war-torn nation.