Latest South Sudan News - November 2020
- There are 5 main crises affecting the country: Covid-19, conflict, severe food insecurity, locusts and floods
- The Central Bank has raised interest rates to 15% in an effort to halt further depreciation of the South Sudan pound. Depreciation follows a drop in oil revenues, and irregularities in the collection of non-oil revenues
- Two more aid workers have been killed, both South Sudanese, and three injured in the Pibor area of Jonglei; delivering critical nutrition services to children and new mothers. Nine aid workers have so far been killed this year alone, and 124 since civil war broke out in 2013
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.