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Emergency assistance sought after hunger kills 10 in E. Equatoria

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February 6, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan on Wednesday made an emergency appeal in order to avert a looming hunger crisis in Eastern Equatoria state, saying lack of food items has forced villagers there to sell their livestock amid reports that more than 10 people have died.

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Kapoeta North county commissioner Lokai Iko (Centre in white dress) at a news conference in Juba, 6 February 2013 (ST)

The commissioner of Eastern Equatoria’s Kapoeta North county, Lokai Iko, said on a visit to the capital Juba, his first since 2005, that the area is experiencing severe food shortage forcing some people to eating wild fruits.

“We are in a difficult, very very difficult situation which needs immediate action. We have come here [to Juba] to raise an alarm of the hunger situation in Greater Kapoeta. As we are speaking here, people are dying of hunger and already we have more than 10 people, especially women who were found to have died of hunger,” Iko told a news conference on Wednesday.

Kapoeta South county’s commissioner, Martin Lorika, who also spoke at the news conference, urged the government to quickly intervene, adding that people in the area are losing all their chickens, goats and cattle which they sell to sustain their families.

“Goats and cattle are being sold. If you go to Greater Kapoeta, you find that all the markets are being flooded with livestock but there is no food to buy. Also there are no people buying cows. It is a terrible situation. Our people did not harvest anything this previous season,” said Lorika.

“People in this area are now travelling to far away areas, where they buy a bucket of maize for more than 300 South Sudanese pounds and it is not even available”, he said, adding that the food shortages had resulted in a serious depletion of livestock in the area.

“It is even worse for me as the village head because desperate people in the area come to me for help. When we receive grain, these are the people that I then target first.”

Lorika said the supply of grain from international relief organisations in the area was not only inconsistent, but was also not enough to cater for the needy people in his area.

“In my house also, I have more [then] 42 families. When I get something, I struggle to find out how to distribute them among the most affected families,”

The other problem, he said, was the lack of seeds to grow new crops. You don’t find grains around. So we are calling on our brothers from other states, especially business people to quickly take grains from wherever they will find them to the area so that our people are rescued from hunger”, Lorika said.

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Minister of humanitarian affairs and disaster management Lual Acuil at news conference in Juba, 6 February 2013 (ST)

South Sudan’s national minister for humanitarian affairs and disaster management, Lual Achuil, acknowledged the prevalence of hunger in Eastern Equatoria, saying the government has appealed for $1.2 billion to cover the food deficit.

“One third of this appeal has been made. Despite economic crisis all over the world today, some donor countries were able to honour their pledges,” he said, adding over 4 million people would need food assistance countrywide this year.

Acuil, who was speaking at the same news conference, said he had witnessed places where families have reduced the number of meals they take per day as the food security situation worsens.

“We already witnessed people who have started selling their livestock at distress prices. We also hear of people starting to cut the number of meals they have per day, which is a clear indication that the food security situation is worsening,” he said.

He called on the government to construct new roads before the next rainy season so that inaccessible areas can be reached.

“I want you people, especially the adviser to the president to whisper to the president’s ear so that he instructs the minister of roads and bridges to ensure emergency roads are constructed immediately. [The] WFP (United Nations World Food Programme) has food but this food cannot be delivered to some of the affected areas because there are no roads. They are not passable”, Acuil said.

Erratic rainfall patterns, decrease in acreage, poor agricultural practices and unsuitability of crops grown in certain areas are, according to the minister, some of the major causes of food shortages in the area.

The food crisis in South Sudan requires long-term solutions and the government is launching a strategic plan to increase food production across the whole country this year.

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Minister of information Barnaba Marial Benjamin (C) and minister of humanitarian affairs Joseph Lual Acuil (L), 6 February 2013 (ST)

South Sudan’s minister of information and broadcasting, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, said there was a need to find long-term solutions to the food crisis that has bedevilled the country for several years.

“We have been trying to promote what we call community productive asset promotion ... basically creating assets that can contribute to improve the food security situation in South Sudan, for example, rehabilitation of irrigation schemes,” he said.

Marial said the people of Greater Equatoria are part of South Sudan and that they must be shown solidarity because they have always stood with the people of the new nation from other state’s in the past.

“During the 2012 crisis with the government of Sudan, the people of Kapoeta went out in the villages to protest the aggression and made contributions which they sent to [the] frontlines to our soldiers. They did it because they are citizens of this country. So we must show this solidarity,” Marial told the news conference at the ministry of information.

(ST)

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  • 8 February 2013 05:42, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

    That is a lies, nobody died from hunger, media propaganda against south Sudanese as usual,

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    • 8 February 2013 07:15, by Nuer Empire

      Dinka Dominated SPLA/M:You really mad! Food is not enough for all households in South Sudan.If you are looting with your uncles,these people are really suffering.Only heartless guy like you will ignore the worst situation and will of course ignore you in the near future.
      The Nuer Empire

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    • 8 February 2013 08:29, by omoni jr.

      may God received those who were killed hunger,Toposa need to cooperate with Didinga in order for them to survive in and have long lasting food security. Didinga hills can feed Toposa but Toposa need eliminate ignorance and backwardness of killing and robbing people on main roads.Especially NGOs.

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    • 8 February 2013 15:47, by Lorolokin

      That’s why I said the only incompetent creature in this web-site is Dinka Donimated SPLA.
      You saying this coz you are looting with your uncles.
      Kinkak

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  • 8 February 2013 08:13, by Good Citizen

    “During the 2012 crisis with the government of Sudan, the people of Kapoeta went out in the villages to protest the aggression and made contributions which they sent to [the] frontlines to our soldiers. They did it because they are citizens of this country. So we must show this solidarity,” Marial told the news conference at the ministry of information...Question: if they didn’t do that, so they..

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  • 8 February 2013 08:21, by Good Citizen

    the Question is if the Toposa didn’t contribute anything in 2012 or say during the war, so they won’t be helped / assisted ???? if everyone should go by conditional help rationale, what would we tell other countries that help us every year, yet we contribute[d] nothing to them? Marial, you are becoming the minister of misinformation.judging people based on what they did during the war is wrong...

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  • 8 February 2013 08:23, by Jalaby

    Dinka Dominated SPLA/M,
    You and your uncle Jieng sucked southerners people blood and you moved the billion oil dollars you stole to European banks in secrete accounts!! You really don’t care about south people!!

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  • 8 February 2013 08:27, by Eastern

    The Toposa people just need to become hard workers. Why should they die on top of their big flocks of goats and sheep. I was moving in Lomeyen payam of Kapoeta north county and was amazed by their wealth. Mr. commissioner should not think selling livestock to buy food in the face of the looming famine is a bad thing. There is grain in livestock and there is livestock in the grain.

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  • 8 February 2013 09:12, by Jalaby

    You foolish and naive people,it’s not about Tobosa or E Equatoria but about the whole south that at the critical point of full collapse!
    Who can believe it? very rich oil country falls under severe starvation, lack of money, diseases, conflicts and war!!
    Visionless and brainless people who are ruling the south are to be blamed,moreover,they’re corrupted and thieves!!

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    • 8 February 2013 09:23, by Jalaby

      We said it from day one,the south can’t survive without cooperation with north and British Administration figured it out long time ago!
      Dr Lual Deng said it very clearly to poor minded people that building pipeline through Kenya is useless and he challenged them and said "Show us how you will make it without the cooperation with Sudan"!!

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      • 8 February 2013 09:30, by Jalaby

        For how long those thieves are talking about building another alternative pipeline and there is no feasibility study or official business plan let alone inviting investors and people are dying because of hunger and lack of money!!
        The south now under the mercy of Dinka Ngok and SPLA-N,Sudan will never open the pipeline and sends the lifeline to south and rescues them

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        • 8 February 2013 09:35, by Jalaby

          as long as the south supports SPLA-N!!
          It’s clear now that the whole south depends on north not just the bordering states with Sudan otherwise E Equatoria starvation problem should be resolved through Kenya & Uganda!!
          What visionless people?!!!

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          • 8 February 2013 15:23, by P.K.M

            Hey half-Nuer and half-fake-Arab, (Jalaby) don’t you know that South Sudanese are the ones who would say “we can’t live without north Sudan? Why is it that, you’re the one who tell us, we can’t live without you? We separated almost two years ago, and the effect in your own country without South Sudan is undeniable there in black and white that who really need who to survive.

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  • 8 February 2013 09:14, by Joseph Canada

    Mr. Commissioner, its not the hunger that we have in Kapoeta N. It is the Change in Development. Toposa people need Education to farm and produce food for themselves Not a Free given. This is an opportunity to change and develope Kapoeta or the E.E state as a whole. Selling of livestolk is the best thing. or get them Jobs.

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    • 8 February 2013 10:49, by wang

      Joseph Canada
      You can’t blame those poor Toposa for foods shortage or they are lazy. Our central government is responsible for those 10 persons death, if that report was true. They have established disasters management plans, established in 2009, and proposed by Dr. Riek. Against every State in South have at least one or two organizations funds by the central government similar to those of Red Cro

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      • 8 February 2013 10:50, by wang

        Against every State in South have at least one or two organizations funds by the central government similar to those of Red Cross designed (dedicated) to responses to anything that may causes high consequences to South citizens. Why none of those organizations including a central government responding of what is going on in crisis in Eastern Equatoria state?

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    • 9 February 2013 10:41, by Eastern

      Excellent advice brother Joseph Canada!!! All the food storage facilities erected by UN agencies in South Sudan should be pulled down and replaced by training halls on modern farming methods both for crops and livestock. I am glad that my village does not have a single rubhall (food storage facility). Our people in EE should not degrade themselves to beggers!!!

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  • 8 February 2013 10:22, by master

    they said we can survive without oil as we did in the past
    the only option for you to comply and obey what we said
    disengag spla north in only the solution for this mesrible situation

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    • 8 February 2013 11:28, by wang

      Master
      Shut up, nobody ask you for help.

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  • 8 February 2013 11:52, by sudani ana

    Jalaby
    I totally agree with you. These SPLA/M thugs are driven by their hate for Sudan and are willing to sacrifice their poor citizins. Look at Chad and how prosperous it has become since they chose peace.

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  • 8 February 2013 13:57, by Pif Paf

    This is very sad. How can a country with so much resources go hungry? What visionless leaders? Spending every dime on supporting SRF but forgetting their own people. Trying so hard to sell oil to Israel and forgetting their neighbors. Thinking about new capital city and forgetting to buy food. Mr.Kiir is driving this country to the ground very fast.

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    • 8 February 2013 15:43, by P.K.M

      Ooh poor pif paf, Sudani and Jalaby, I can almost assume the tears is rolling in your eyes for how you missed billions from oil in South Sudan. Since when do you guys started to care about South Sudanese? When Southerners were dying in thousands daily years ago; you didn’t care; why, because you were enjoying billions from South Sudan oil. Now it’s pathetic to pretend to care!

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    • 8 February 2013 15:56, by Nibs

      Pif farting,
      And where this country is heading is none of your business.why do u guys like indulging in our internal affairs?are there no enough troubles to worry about in Sudan?!we still have unfunish business with you,separation is not enough.we want more than 2.5 million Arab wanabee dead.we’ll support SRF to do it and as soon as we acquire air dependence system,children and women will wail...

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      • 8 February 2013 16:04, by Nibs

        ...in khartoum.darfur,nuba mountains and blue Nile must gain independent.in case you only relied on ST for news then let me inform you;south Sudan will start construction of P/L in October this year.

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      • 8 February 2013 16:10, by sudani ana

        Nibs
        well, before you acquire your "air dependence system" try feeding your starving people. By the way its called ’air defence system’.

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        • 8 February 2013 20:41, by Force 1

          Sudani, how can you say the country you use to depend on for billions of dollars can’t feed its people? Who in his or her right mind would believe you’re making and sense? Do you know that your country Sudan is the one which can’t feed its people? You have to spend time in the Middle-East begging for changes to have a meal and pay bills!

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        • 8 February 2013 21:06, by Force 1

          By the way Sudani, it’s not defence system either! It’s (Defense System) if you want to correct someone on anything; make sure you spell it the way it supposed to be spelled.

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          • 9 February 2013 10:19, by sudani ana

            Force
            No you’re wrong. It’s Defence in English and Defense in US English. But it’s certainly not Air dependence system as one of you idiots said.

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