Home | News    Wednesday 6 August 2014

Pibor returnees facing critical food shortages across region

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

August 4, 2014 (BOR) – Ongoing food insecurity continues to make life difficult for returnees to Jonglei state’s Pibor county.

The South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC) county coordinator, Beko Konyi, told Sudan Tribune by phone from Pibor on Monday that 3,757 people have returned to Pibor from Juba, Kenya and Uganda.

However, many returnees are struggling to cope with the harsh conditions in the region, which is severely affecting their ability to rebuild their lives.

Many Pibor citizens fled the region two years ago at the height of the conflict between the South Sudanese army (SPLA) and the rebel South Sudan Democratic Movement (SSDM) cobra faction led by David Yau Yau.

Konyi said hunger remained a major issue in Pibor, describing it as “widespread through the county, engulfing more than 20,000 individuals from Marua in the east to Pibor centre”.

“The hunger is widespread. There is drought this year and so many people did not cultivate. The returnees had no houses and other family assets, so they found it difficult to start living,” said Konyi.

Marua, which is home to a large number of women, children and young male cattle keepers, has been hard-hit by food shortages, but is so far yet to receive any humanitarian assistance yet, says Konyi.

The county has witnessed a massive influx of returnees between April and May, but the number of people returning had since decreased due to food security issues in Pibor, with refugees in Ethiopia still undecided on when they would return to their homes.

“I think the same of issue of hunger has contributed to their decision-making in Ethiopia; they fear to come because of this hunger,” said Konyi.

With no special feeding program by any humanitarian agency, malnutrition among children remains an ongoing threat.

“Children are weak [and there is] no help to them,” said Konyi. “We are trying our best to ask humanitarian agencies to come for their help,” he added.

NO FACILITIES

Schools and health facilities in Pibor were largely destroyed during the SSDM’s armed conflict with the SPLA, during saw tribal clashes and counter attacks between ethnic Murle ethnic tribesmen and Lou Nuer become commonplace.

Konyi said Pibor is now without a functional medical clinic, while hundreds of children across the region remain without access to education and health services.

While at least 700 children have access to basic education in Pibor town where one of the schools was left unscathed by the conflict, the majority remain at home where they perform domestic duties for their families.

Meanwhile, ongoing instability in the far west and south of Pibor have continued to hamper efforts to establish schools in that area.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article


 
 

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Ateny flip-flopping, where is his loyalty to President Kiir? 2017-01-15 07:57:11 By Chuor Deng Chuor The world knows that Ateny Wek Ateny is supposed to be the Press Secretary and official spokesperson of President Salva Kiir. but the reality of the matter is that Ateny has (...)

Obama’s promises and pledges for Darfur went unheeded with lifting sanctions 2017-01-15 06:43:31 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman Barak Obama's Lifting of Sanctions off the genocidal regime of the National Congress Party (NCP) in Sudan is based on weak, unconvincing, pretty flimsy excuses and very (...)

The Final Betrayal of Sudan: Partial Suspension of Sanction 2017-01-14 21:31:35 “The Final Betrayal of Sudan: Obama administration’s lifting of economic sanctions; UN Ambassador Samantha Power justifying the move, claiming a ‘sea change’ of improvement in humanitarian access” (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Abduction of S. Sudan Chief Justice’s aide illegal, should be condemned 2017-01-16 05:27:50 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 16th January 2015 Legal Watch Associates South Sudan has learned with shock and dismay the abduction of Mr Gama Thomas, an aide to the Chief Justice, Chan Reech Madut. (...)

Carter Center welcomes new regulations on humanitarian affairs 2017-01-12 07:53:16 The Carter Center ATLANTA, Januarg 11, 2017 – The Carter Center welcomes the recent regulations issued by the government of Sudan aimed at facilitating humanitarian relief throughout the country (...)

Nertiti massacre in Central Darfur exposes the criminal nature of Bashir’s regime 2017-01-03 11:54:47 Sudan Democracy First Group Nirtiti massacre in Central Darfur exposes the criminal nature of Bashir's regime 2 January 2017 On the first day of 2016, and only one day after President Bashir's (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2017 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.