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S. Sudanese authorities lift flight ban to Payinjiar county


January 18, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan government has lifted the ban it had earlier imposed on flights to Payinjiar county in the wake of continuous rebel activities in the area.

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The Payinjiar community at a meeting in Bentiu town, August 23, 2015 (ST)

The move came after the country director for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) petitioned the humanitarian affairs and disaster management ministry last week.

The undersecretary in the humanitarian affairs ministry, Gatwech Peter Kulang assured WFP of government support.

“I’m pleased to inform you that the ministry of interior has advised that all humanitarian flights and boats to Payinjiar can resume operations at your own risk,” reads a letter addressed to WFP.

South Sudan’s national security service, in a circular it issued on 31 December, 2016, warned humanitarian agencies operating in the area and banned water and air transport.

The decision, officials said, forced most international and national staffs to pullout out of Payinjiar last week after the government requested them to abandon their operations.

Although it remains unclear why government imposed the ban, multiple sources, including aid worker said the decision was meant to prevent rebel groups controlling the area from benefiting from relief items.

Currently, Payinjiar county is reportedly hosting nearly 200,000 internal displaced persons (IDPs), mainly from Guit, Koch, Mayiandit and Leer counties of oil-rich Unity state.


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  • 22 January 2017 08:42, by Fair Man

    Come to your senses. The fate of over 200,000 South Sudanese could not be arbitrarily decided just because the rebel would benefit from relief supplies. Does JCE and Dinka stooges in Juba not know how the relief food was used to support SPLM/A from 1990 up to 2002? Taban Deng Gai, while a CDR in Pinyudo became rich of relief food to the extent that heaps were sold back to Ethiopians? Shut up!!

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  • 22 January 2017 16:26, by kerlual yar

    all people who are doing these will regret one day because God is there.

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  • 22 January 2017 20:10, by Eastern

    Kiir and cohorts better do it; the ban on access to relief to Panyijier was a sure way to the ICC. Somebody tipped the kleptocrats to act sensibly!!!

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    • 23 January 2017 07:42, by South South

      Eastern, I am laughing big at you. All in your mind is that InternationalCommunity will interfere and force out president Kiir, please think big about yourself, your immediately family, your community, your state and your country. Talk about peace for the sake of the list I mentioned to you above.

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  • 23 January 2017 12:00, by zoal jacob

    i dont see any connection between humanitarians access to vulnerable population peoples of payinjiar...... yes everyone has personal objectives to his/her politics.....thanks for struggling pushing from WFP to pressure the so called government to accept the humanitarian assistance to the community

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