Latest South Sudan News - July 2021
Food shortage & financial situation in South Sudan:
- More than two-thirds of the population are still suffering from severe food insecurity, with approximately 100,000 in isolated areas now considered at risk of mass starvation.
- Inflation in Sudan last month reached 413% – a consequence of the economic reform package which includes devaluation of the currency and removal of fuel and other subsidies. Food prices have risen again. But the country’s international debt is being greatly reduced
Conflict and peace work:
- Reports of cattle raids and inter-communal attacks, many resulting in death and injury, have come from Cueibet and Rumbek in Lakes State, Duk county in Jonglei, Ikotos county and Torit in Eastern Equatoria, and Pochalla in greater Pibor.
- But in Warrap State, 19 members of the peace committee have received training for 10 days on conflict management; and 45 participants have completed a peace-building workshop in Renk, Upper Nile state.
Cases in Africa are reported to be increasing rapidly with the Delta variant.
South Sudan reports that almost all the vaccines supplied by COVAX have now been used, with 4% wastage, and a new consignment of 60,000 vaccines is expected in early August.
South Sudan is one of 51 developing countries to benefit from a $4billion allocation by the World Bank for purchase and deployment of vaccines. The Bank asks countries to increase transparency in the purchase and delivery of vaccines, and also calls on countries anticipating excess supplies to release surplus doses and options as soon as possible to developing countries with adequate distribution plans.But in Warrap State, 19 members of the peace committee have received training for 10 days on conflict management; and 45 participants have completed a peace-building workshop in Renk, Upper Nile state.
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.