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S. Sudan economic crisis affect families in neighbouring countries


January 11, 2017 (JUBA) - The weakening South Sudanese pound (SSP) means families in neighbouring East African countries are dwindling. Some families have not paid rent for months and children are out of schools.

"It is a tough situation that families face in Uganda and Kenya - some families don’t afford food items, far from money for rent and school fees," said David, who family is Kampala, Uganda.

South Sudan Pound lost about 80% of it value since ministry of finance and central bank floated the exchange rate against United States dollars in December 2015. $1 sales for 110 SSP on Wednesday in Juba black market. The central bank has not auctioned the U.S. in recent weeks, leading to scarcity. For families in South Sudanese employees paid in local currency, black market is the source of their black market.

"In Elegu (Uganda border town with South Sudan near Nimule), 1,000 SSP is exchanged for only 25,00 Ugandan shillings," said David, preferring to use his first name only.

"Unless you exchange 20,000 SSP per month, you will not be able to sustain your family abroad," he said, adding that he is struggling to pay rent and move his family back to South Sudan despite insecurity fears that forced him to send his wife and three children to Uganda.

1,000 Kenyan shillings now exchange for 900 SSP, a substantial increase from 1,000 Kenyans shillings to 300 SSP early last year.

Some families are shifting to refugees’ camps.

"It is expensive to transport the family from Nairobi to Juba and the nearest cheapest location becomes Kakuma refugee camp in northern Kenya," said Johnson Oldi, a South Sudanese whose family had lived in a Kenyan town for three years.

"Unless you are working for an international organization that pays in U.S dollars, there is no way one can continue to pay rent and school fees for money that finish in few weeks," added Johnson.

The number of South Sudanese families in Uganda and Kenya has dwindled, he added.

"The situation is even worse for junior (government) employees. Whether you bring your family to South Sudan or remain in Uganda or Kenya, the situation is the same - worse," said David Deng, a grade 7 government employee. Deng receive close to 2,000 SSP monthly, just about 20 dollars if exchanged at the current black market exchange rate.

Most South Sudan send families to neighboring countries of Kenya and Uganda for medical, education and security reasons. However, South Sudanese currency has been in free fall for the last 12 months and painted a bleak future for the work youngest nation.


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  • 11 January 2017 21:55, by Fair Man

    I wish the situation continue like that so that those who think that there is Government that claims to protect public interest can be seen. How stupid are you, to think that you caused wars in your country and expect comfort in abroad. Only senior thugs around Kiir or FD or IO warlords can survive this hardship because they had amashed engough. Poor man think twice. Join armed struggle to change.

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    • 11 January 2017 23:07, by Mayok

      Fair man;
      That’s exactly true what’s you said, they started war and they didn’t think this will affected everyone including themselves. As we all know there is no government in South Sudan but bunches of idiotic people who have no idea what government duties are, but they just running after money and ministries position following by yes sir Vic president .

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    • 11 January 2017 23:48, by barbayo

      fair man
      our worry children only for their life , your country is country that can enjoy, it is very painful we hear children are suffer but primitive malitias men they done think widely IO or IB or IC are all malitias

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    • 12 January 2017 07:17, by Midit Mitot

      If you are heading by blind person, then every one should be blind too.this country would stabilize unless this blind regime is out.

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      • 12 January 2017 08:08, by Akuma


        South Sudanese people are not blind people but you and your Boss Riek Machar might be blind one. If you are not blind then you all follow one man interests which will not even benefit your whole community

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        • 12 January 2017 08:42, by Midit Mitot

          Look at all these mess in the country, is this a country being headed by educated person or blind? if Dr Machar is blind, South Sudan could not get her independent in 2011.

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        • 12 January 2017 08:44, by Dengda

          @ Akuma, have sense of human person when responding to things, don’t respond according to your Riek-phobia, Riek been out of the scene of governing a country for nearly four years now. But the problem still exist why Kiir government is failing curved economic crisis and yet IO, G10 are in exile? Even getting worst when their working relationship with Taban is describe as progressing well.

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          • 12 January 2017 10:24, by Akuma

            Dengda and Midiit,

            The ongoing conflict and challenges facing South Sudan will not be attributed to President Kiir whether security,economically, politically, socially and culturally. All these happen due to Riek Machar war. Riek didn’t participate in South Sudan struggle and independent, 1991 history still there and no joke for that. TNGU is comprise of G10, IO and IG other stakeholders.

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    • 17 October 2017 06:19, by sirking79

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  • 11 January 2017 22:17, by Eastern

    Folks, Kiir and el Tabani are ’implementing’ peace and Dr Machar is ’grounded’ in South Africa.,,,,

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  • 12 January 2017 07:05, by Uror the Great defeat fuckin kiir

    hahahahaha let the illegitmates president fought with economics alone before SPLA IO capture Juba and other areas

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  • 12 January 2017 07:23, by Ram Mi Ran

    That is the consequence of a country rule by one tribe. South Sudan need the involvement of all 64 tribes who are now on run for their life. president is Dinka, Finance Dinka, Governor of central Bank Dinka, Foreign affair Dinka, Defend and chief of general staff Dinka, Chief of Justic Dinka and the line is long. They talk in Dinka in an official meeting. Shame on them.

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  • 12 January 2017 08:50, by Dengda

    Kiir don’t want Riek, G10 and reform, but want donors aid and governing. What a fool Dinka ever exist in Dinka. Dr Garang was try to reshuffle in 2004, knowing if anything happened to him, Kiir is not competent to lead the war torn country into prosper, but that plan leaked out, Kiir rebelled in Yei almost destabilised the CPA. You May make mistake and learned from it. G10,Riek IO, contin...

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    • 12 January 2017 08:55, by Dengda

      They realised that, it’s time change direction country through reforming both constitutions, SPLM and Country. But the quickly victimised and labelled as most corrupted in the country. The same reform Kiir accepted in ACRSS and Arusha agreement, but in July revoked it. The language Kiir and his cohorts understand is dollars scarcity, let it be as long donors pushing for inclusive dialogue.

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      • 12 January 2017 09:33, by Dengda

        We few individual being mistreated by government and put us into low grade citing you are still young, if got high grade you will go into retirement soon. It was glass ceiling and we quitted that deception and found ourselves working for NGOs and private sector which give us few dollars. I will be selling my dollars to the minister at the rate of $ 1=150 SSP as payback, lets done that deal.

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  • 12 January 2017 12:30, by eddy baba

    The so called president kiir must accept defeat and simply resign or else his flesh will not be seen

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  • 12 January 2017 15:49, by siddaw

    This is a total madness for Junubeen

    You’re here, only staging an online battle when u probably don’t have anything to fend for your families. lazybones! go and hustle. the meltdown of our economy didn’t spare whether you’re Nuer or Dinka. I have seen the deteriorating situations of people in EAC & all you’re doing here is fueling the crisis.

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    • 12 January 2017 15:53, by siddaw


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      • 13 January 2017 07:06, by jubaone

        You want peace, then surrende and go to Juba and join Kiir instead of wasting your precious time in the diaspora romanticizing peace for Junubeen.

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    • 13 January 2017 07:03, by jubaone

      Your thinking here is flawed if at most ludicrous. It is the jienges that looted amd mismanaged the country. Look at there areas no development, only bushland and all have melted away with stolen money. Now the golden donkey is no longer shitting money, they´re facing hard times. Non-jienges are not bothered afterall, they were out of this stealing spree.

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  • 12 January 2017 16:16, by Fair Man

    You should go lecture to Salva Kiir, Taban Deng Gai, Igga Wani, Martin Lomoro, Makuei Lueth and Paul Malong. They have the key to peace and war. We are fighting, because they want us to fight, but when they choose peace, we have no option. We want peace yet their actions are cowardice and anti-peace. Terrorism and intimidations by SPLA MI, CID and NSS are threats to peace and we dealing with

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