Latest South Sudan News - February 2021
- Continuing conflict with reports of cattle raids, revenge killings and unprovoked attacks have come from many locations; local fighting has escalated in both frequency and violence, and can include burning houses, rape and kidnapping.
- An article in “The New Humanitarian” reports that donors have contributed less this year than last year, that humanitarian agencies’ warehouses have been repeatedly looted and the agencies are now “rethinking” how to deliver assistance.
- There are rising food prices, especially where harvests have failed because of pests, diseases or inability to cultivate. The Government has issued a new 1,000 SSP note as it struggles with hyper-inflation, dwindling foreign reserves and a reduction in oil revenues.
The Story of South Sudan
After many years of war, South Sudan achieved independence from the north in 2011. Sadly, civil and tribal war broke out and many people have been driven from their homes and land, with over four million now living as refugees. More than half of these have fled to camps in other countries. Conditions in the refugee camps are poor, with each family being allocated a small plot of land and a tarpaulin to form a roof over their mud hut. Cooking has to be done over an open fire but there is a shortage of firewood. Water is pumped from the River Nile and chlorinated before being delivered to the camps. The ground often floods, there are very few schools and no jobs. These conditions lead to poor physical and mental health. A peace agreement was signed in the summer of 2018 and people are beginning to be optimistic about returning home to South Sudan but there is some way to go before it is safe to do so.