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E. Equatoria state faces looming hunger crisis, says governor

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January 29, 2013 (JUBA) - The governor of South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria state, Louis Lobong Lojore, has appealed to the national government to intervene and avert the looming hunger crisis in his state.

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Governor Louis Lobong (L) briefing vice-president Riek Machar on the looming hunger crisis in Eastern Equatoria state, January 29, 2013 (ST)

In a statement issued to the press on Tuesday while on a visit to the national capital, Juba, the governor also called on business people in other states where there is food surplus to trade with Eastern Equatoria state by transporting and marketing food items to the affected population.

Lobong, who met vice-president Riek Machar on Tuesday also appealed to the country’s leadership to help the state find ways to avail food in the markets to the populations hardest hit by hunger.

In particular, the governor cited counties occupied by the Toposa people as the area worst affected by the crisis and with the least access to food commodities.

South Sudan largely depends on imported food commodities from neighbouring countries, despite its huge potential in agriculture.

Most of the country’s land is arable but only 4% of it is cultivated, according to official information from the ministry of agriculture and forestry.

Last year, the United Nations food security assessment showed at least 4.7 million South Sudanese remained food insecure, with nearly one million of them said to have been severely affected.

(ST)

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  • 30 January 2013 07:02, by master

    NO NO
    THESE IS BEST PEOPLE IN SOUTH SUDAN

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    • 30 January 2013 07:19, by omoni jr.

      WOW funny indeed,
      Criminal Lobong need to teach his animals called toposa how to grow and cultivate garden. Toposa are the only one lazy tribe in all greater Equatoria,leave alone E. Equatoria. there is No need to appeal or beg the national government to feed lazy people,because they are busy killing Buya,Didinga,and mostly Robbing NGOs convoys. Pathetic .

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      • 30 January 2013 07:51, by Nuer Empire

        They need to be trained or helped before getting worst

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      • 30 January 2013 08:32, by Eastern

        Omony Jr. you have said it CORRECTLY! Recently I was going to Kauto in Kapoeta East County. I decided to travel through Riwoto in Kapoeta North County. Just after crossing Singaita river, all the roads were blocked by Toposa villagers. The reason they gave for their action is they need food from WFP. Any non-Toposa passing through their villages became WFP! Among the Toposa people, it is the women

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        • 30 January 2013 08:35, by Eastern

          most of the heavy work that support livelihood. Men are mostly involved in destructive activities such as tobacco smoking and cattle raiding (theft really). Mr. Governor should instead say the Greater Kapoeta is facing hunger not Eastern Equatoria. It is understandable the greater population of the state leaves in these counties; but they prefer to leave a low quality life of dependence. Shame!

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          • 30 January 2013 08:55, by omoni jr.

            my brother Eastern ,
            you are absolutely correct buddy, the governor should have said Toposa or greater kapoeta is in hunger crises ,instead of mentioning whole E. Equatoria. This is Not the first time for Toposa to be strike by hunger ,it is their habits ,Turkana of kenya and Toposa are one people ,and every year affected by food shortage despite they dont cultivate .Take the hoe and earn living

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    • 31 January 2013 14:02, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      The governor of E Equatoria should talk specific on Toposa tribe only the most lazy tribe in the state not all.
      Palwa in magwi county because of bad road to the main market food are roiting in the houses of some farmer.
      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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  • 30 January 2013 07:53, by Tong dut

    E Equatoria dependent on Uganda,Why is it that Bari the useless tribe who fear hoe badly can not allow people to cultvate their land.
    YEI and W Equatoria are doing well in produting food,But let the governor ont bag food from out side.No sense in that.

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    • 30 January 2013 08:47, by EES Kingmaker

      Tong Dut,
      What is your problem with Bari tribe? It seems you have nothing to write. Ask if you don’t know what to write. EES Governor can normally appeal. It is his duty to alert. Do you know the terrain of three counties and reliability of rainfalls there? Please don’t Kapoeta jump and conclude. This isn’t how to debate. It is quite unpatriotic if not ignorant on your side sharing nonsense.

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      • 30 January 2013 08:54, by EES Kingmaker

        Tong Dut,
        What is your problem with Bari tribe? It seems you have nothing to write. Ask if you don’t know what to write. EES Governor can normally appeal. It is his duty to alert. Do you know the terrain of three counties and reliability of rainfalls there? Please don’t just jump and conclude. This isn’t how to debate. It is quite unpatriotic if not ignorant on your side sharing nonsense.

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    • 30 January 2013 09:08, by EES Kingmaker

      Eastern,
      I agree. Acquired Dependency Syndrome(ADS) is what characterizes the three countries & other other areas in South Sudan. It is a serious social disease that needs elimination. However, when Governor said Eastern Equatoria when he meant Greater Kapoeta, I see nothing wrong there. Three counties are part of EES. Whatever good or bad reputation or burden, it hinges on the whole state.

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    • 30 January 2013 09:44, by Tong dut

      @ E E S Kingmaker,
      Go and bag food,since you dont want to cultivate,kudura is the only thing you depend and ugandan food.

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      • 31 January 2013 08:05, by EES Kingmaker

        Tong Dut,
        Don’t you have shame to talk of cultivation? Please take care of your cattle only in your ’lwak’ and be in the same room with them as usual. By the way, what do you know about farming as part of your tradition? When you talk of farming, you remind me of a story of a camel who was enthusiastically giving advice to fish as to life in the sea. It is a ludicrous thing to think about!!

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  • 30 January 2013 09:20, by DDooggaa

    The state governor is wrong to have said E E S, let him be senior, its only in Kapoeta that people are not cultivating. But honestly am staying in Kapoeta but food is a problem. Toposa’s themselves are lazy. Even now you cannot put your source pan there; they will carry if they see food left in it. They know how to steal. Staying in Kapoeta is a last resort. I wish am in Yei.

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    • 30 January 2013 09:43, by EES Kingmaker

      DDooggaa,
      Start mass awareness creation such that Toposa abondon these bad habits of theft, cattle raiding, laziness and dependency. Or eslewhere just go to Yei so that you are not disturbed by these kinds of lifestyles.

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  • 30 January 2013 11:33, by Turism

    They should supper bse the refuse humanitarian assistance so long, what happen? they dont even have the tools for digging or what?

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  • 30 January 2013 11:58, by sudani ana

    Ha Ha Ha
    You people having a go at Sudan for not paying UN 1 million dollars when your people are hungry, HUNGRY, HUNGRY...

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    • 30 January 2013 16:13, by Hardball

      Sudani and Jalaby, that’s what is called telling the truth at the moment, the luxury you don’t have in Sudan where you came from. Here is another truth; I thought you two know very well that South Sudan is the region where you have been getting billions of dollars from oil. South Sudanese are potential next millions believe it or not.

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      • 30 January 2013 16:16, by Hardball

        Sudani and Jalaby, that’s what is called telling the truth at the moment, the luxury you don’t have in Sudan where you came from. Here is another truth; I thought you two know very well that South Sudan the region where you have been getting billions of dollars from oil. The potential next millionaires in the world are South Sudanese believe it or not.

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  • 30 January 2013 12:02, by Jalaby

    Well,not just Equatoria state faces hunger crisis but the whole south does!!
    The south under real catastrophe now and at the edge of complete collapse, it’s just a matter of time till UN announces that the south is under a disaster and ask for help!
    I believe the economical war that Sudan is imposing start to make a crack in the south towards complete collapsing!!

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    • 30 January 2013 15:33, by Observer

      Jalaby
      So how do you explain that the UN appeal for humanitarian funds for 2013 for Sudan is $984 million?
      What does that say about our economy? We have the UN asking for money to help us feed our starving Sudanese in Darfur, the border states and East Sudan
      You won’t beleive me so you can go to www.unocha.com and look at their appeals page.
      We are not much better off than S Sudan

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  • 30 January 2013 15:50, by Activist # 25

    This naive governor of Eastern Equatoria. He just can’t see the root cause of this calamity. If you can’t revamp the security of Eastern Equatorians people, how do you expect all the communities involved to freely till the land and grow what they need? Allowing these three communities to butcher themselves, thus making it difficult for them to cultivate. Plenty of land in EES is left untouch.

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  • 31 January 2013 09:46, by History has Records

    Mr governor, i travelled most of the Southern states alot, Warrap and Unity state have poor terrain but they struggle alot to sustain a living, in EES, year after year i heard and has finally seen that Kapoeta has this Hunger issues, i did a survey in the region and found out that the problem is just within (Kapoeta) my conclusion is the Toposa MEN MUST take up the hoe.

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