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Jonglei government severs ties with UN agency

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July 4, 14 (BOR) – The government of South Sudan’s Jonglei state announced on Friday that it had severed ties with the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) over allegations it had denied food to civilians in the government-controlled county of Ayod.

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State minister for information Jodi Jonglei Boyoris speaks to the press in the capital, Bor (ST)

Jodi Jonglei, the state minister for information, claimed OCHA refused to cooperate with government, accusing the latter of having “a good link” with rebels.

He said the state government would reverse its agreement with the UN agency.

“Ayod was actually denied humanitarian aid, food has not been taken to Ayod, simply because it was controlled by the government, and others say it is very risky,” said Jonglei.

“OCHA does not want to go to Ayod where the commissioner is but [instead] to places of the rebels,” he added.

When pro-government forces fully took control of Ayod three months ago, some civilians moved to stay in town while others remained in the rebel-controlled parts of the county.

OCHA is alleged to have provided food to civilians in the rebel-controlled, yet ignoring those within Ayod town, which currently comprises of more than 10,000 people.

Ayod county commissioner Michael Buoth Malual described the conditions as “quite difficult” for civilians due to lack of food.

“People are suffering and they need humanitarian assistance,” Malual told reporters in state capital Bor.

Malual claimed OCHA took the “wrong advice” from his predecessor, who allegedly said no civilians were residing in Ayod town.

OCHA did not immediately respond to the claims by state officials.

(ST)

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  • 5 July 2014 16:13, by Ito

    We always say there is no government in south sudan but a tribal kingdom disguise as government in order to loot resources for all to build tribal kingdom. The world knows this very well and the world knows that the only solution to bring about a government for all under federal democratic system where all are equal is through Dr. Riek Machar.

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  • 5 July 2014 18:27, by Mr Point

    There is no food in the area and people, men women and children, are starving.

    What does this fool, Jodi Jonglei, do?

    Does he find a way to get food to all the people who are starving?

    No.

    He stops all food distribution to make sure that all those who need food will starve to their deaths.

    What institutions will hold Jodi Jonglei accountable for this criminal madness?

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  • 5 July 2014 21:31, by Jubawe

    See why should OCHA distribute food to Government control area instead government should look after them than opening mouth but no budget to feed them, OCHA please distribute food rebel only because those are the real people in need they left government control area because they know Kirr government have no idea of leading country to better future than murder and looting US dollar, soon will turn

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