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April 6, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan President Salva Kiir has, in a statement issued Thursday, acknowledged for the first time that famine exists in the war-torn country.

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South Sudanese president Salva Kiir (Photo: Reuters)

Three United Nations agencies declared an outbreak of famine in the young nation in February, saying an additional 1 million people were are the brink of starvation.

“On this historical and unique day, I passionately desire to share with each and everyone of you that once more our country has been struck by another national challenge, that of famine and poverty,” the president’s statement read before reporters by country’s information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth partly stated.

100,000 civilians are at risk of starvation and an additional seven million South Sudanese are facing food shortage nationwide due to economic crisis that has been triggered by the three year old civil war and the poor harvest, aid agencies said.

In a speech to lawmakers a few days after famine was declared, the president failed to mention the calamity, but said he felt the suffering people were going through.

He said his government, through the Minister of Finance and South Sudan’s Central Bank governor were working towards alleviating the situation.

President Kiir’s statement was read to the nation on the eve of the Great Run Marathon in Juba, which was organized by athletes from Ethiopia and Kenya.

“I appeal to every South Sudanese citizen to show the rest of the world, our local effort and commitment to help famine-affected children, mothers and the elderly by making financial contributions and to come out on Saturday the 8th of April, 2017,” said the minister, referring to the weekends 10km marathon that took place in Juba.

Makuei did not take any questions after reading the president’s statement.

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  • 6 April 22:56, by Lino Gai Akok

    I agreed with the president, the famine has struck the country and this really needs urgent intervention from the international community so that the history of 1988 will not repeat itself.

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    • 6 April 23:11, by Kuch

      Yes, such is the way our people want to live their lives, bunch of fools and lazies who like to play foolish politics and aimless wars. It has becomes a business these days that any one can form his/her own armed rebellion and ask for humanitarian aid from the international community. We South Sudanese are a huge embarrassment to humanity>>>

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      • 6 April 23:16, by Kuch

        We are being told to stop our aimless wars and start farming our own food. But we just want to continue fighting and keeping asking other countries to feed us. Many of us will just down and crossed the damn legs and fold their damn arms and complain day and night about corruption and miss use of resources when they are not contributing anything to the economy and pay taxes>>>

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        • 6 April 23:21, by Kuch

          Where our people think that food that we always beg come from? It is grown and produce by other human beings with two arms and two legs like us. Nothing is for free in this world, but we have accustom ourselves to free things. Everyone wants a government job and if you can’t get one, then you take up arms and fight yourselves into one by force. All the rebels want fight their aimless wars>>>

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          • 6 April 23:28, by Kuch

            and they want their aimless wars to be fought with foreign aids and donations. Ministry of agriculture is just for a name only. In churches other public gatherings, not even one ever inform people to stop dependency on foreign hand outs because it has becomes our way of life. Many people around the world produce their own food. But all our people want is to always beg those people who work very>>>

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            • 6 April 23:34, by Kuch

              hard for their own food to feed us while fighting our useless and aimless wars. What animals are we South Sudanese people really? How long are going to be fed free food by other countries? Don’t we have shame our people? I will be damned the Nuers and some communities are not going to ask for yet another free food from foreign countries next year>>>

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              • 6 April 23:41, by Kuch

                They want a war and they like to talk of human suffering while doing nothing to help themselves against this human sufferings. Many of our people want to live in towns and be fed by the UN what country on earth where everyone just want to do nothing and be fed by other countries, but South Sudan and the South Sudanese people. Its sometimes hard to call one self South Sudanese, but there is no>>>

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                • 6 April 23:47, by Kuch

                  choice since one cannot choose his relatives. Laziness and endless complaining and use wars. You will see young people starting playing cards the whole day and they will complain the whole day about corruptions and miss use of resources. Begging has becomes and no shame of why it is always us the South Sudanese people who always want foreign food aids, always? No one ever ask as to why we are>>>

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                  • 6 April 23:54, by Kuch

                    always called the most poorest and the most hungriest people on earth when we have the enough lands and a lot of cattle than even some of our neighbors? Because many of our people just want free things from other people and like to keep their cattle for prestige. "ana taban" I am suffering, people are suffering, while doing nothing to get rid of this suffering. We just bunch of beggars and lazies.

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                  • 7 April 14:37, by Unionist Agent

                    Mr. Kuch, I think for the first time, I will disagree with you on your argument on this topic. It is naive or ignorant of you to label all the blames and messes happening in this country on civilian. You can’t cultivate when there is insecurity, you can’t go to school when there is war. Who is suppose to unite the people of South Sudan? It is leaders of course.

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    • 6 April 23:16, by Marco A. Wek

      Put peace the number and all these loss of lives and hunger will be taken care of when there is no fear.

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  • 7 April 03:18, by Eyez

    Mr. Tribal Jienge President
    You are not competent to lead even a village, you have messed up the fabric of our nation. You and your Jienge villains destroyed the people and their welfare.

    For your information, famine is just the beginning, but soon the people are going to raise up, because, a ’hungry man is an angry man’ and you and your MTN militia won’t stop them.....period.
    X1

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    • 7 April 14:36, by Snick

      This misconstrual of extemporaneously attributing the misdeeds of one man and his cohorts to be that of an entire ethnic group is what has subject us to this seemingly endless but perpetual languishing. Until that time when
      thickheaded country men like you will be sensible enough to differentiate leaders misdeed from those of an ethnic group, South Sudanese shall never see peace

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    • 7 April 14:48, by Unionist Agent

      Eyez or whatever, that kind of talk is what will keep president Kiir in power for countless years. What you are doing is sensitization of entire Dinka community to do what you are preaching that you will do to them. You need to know that 90% of Dinka community is not involve in this war. Salva Kiir was elected by the people of South Sudan not Dinka. Please stop your stupidity and come back to sens

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  • 7 April 06:46, by Joseph Canada

    hahaha. Mr. President.. If you really cared about South Sudanese, You would’ve not given Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta $10,000,000 to support his campaign. In the last Kenyan Election you also gave $5,000,000 to the same person to buy your vote and support from Kenya. You are nothing but agreedy tribal leader. Shame on you. The International community should stop giving money.

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    • 7 April 06:50, by Joseph Canada

      We are begging for the same international community that we feel they are trying to colonize us. You complain, you cry, you swallow, you complain, you cry you swallow!! You acuse the same international community today and to morrow you start begging them. We want independence of our people. but then we Start Colonizing our own people. Almost all African presidents want to rule with fist and still

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  • 7 April 06:56, by Eyez

    John Akeen
    Where is your black monkey ass, you son of a 2 cents pussy bitch. Soon you will be carrying water from the river and chop some firewood for me, you fucking faggot, we are going to enslave your Jienge ass if you remain in Equatoria.
    You people take your cow mentality to wherever you came from, where every issue is tackled with locking horns like wild animals, ya nas abu nyalama itum.
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    • 7 April 07:05, by Joseph Canada

      hahaha.. "YA NAS ABUNYALAMA INTUM" hahahahaha.. I cant say more!!

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    • 7 April 07:24, by Kuch

      Mr. Eyez, an African calling another African a monkey, here we go! A pot calling kettle black, you mean? If i were to be around were you are and look at your physical features and compare them with Mr. John Akeen, l am 100% sure, you may turn out to resemble a monkey Mr. Eyez. It is how it is Mister. By the way, what communities eat monkeys on earth than you fellows?>>>

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      • 7 April 07:32, by Kuch

        That you fellows are going to enslave the Jienges? In your wildest dreams chap. And if at all that was to have happen, when it is it going to happen and where? You fellows, like to call other people out outrageous names and then always quick to cry foul and lie through your damn dirty teeth that you are being ethnically targeted, killed or rapes by the government of South Sudan>>>

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        • 7 April 07:40, by Kuch

          You idiots have been the ones who have been targeting the innocent Dinkas/Jiengs road travelers along Juba-Yei and Juba-Nimule roads. You called the Dinkas/Jiengs MTNs and killed massacred them and when the government of South Sudan went to find out the criminals who have been killing the innocent road users along the road that l mentioned above, then you criminals ran to Uganda>>>

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          • 7 April 07:46, by Kuch

            and then go and lie through teeth that the Dinkas/Jiengs are killing ethnically, killing and rapping your women and burning your houses. In the Dinkas/Jiengs way of fighting fellows, the Dinkas/Jiengs don’t burn houses or rape women---it might be a taboo and l don’t know why? The only people in South Sudan that burn down other people’s houses are the Nuers---the Nuers even took this habit from>>>

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            • 7 April 07:54, by Kuch

              the so-called cloned arabs of North Sudan. As for the alleged raping of the Nuers, Equatorians or NGOs women. It is all lies fellows. I for one, l fought in the whole of Equatoria during our war with the so-called cloned arabs of North Sudan. And l didn’t see any Equatorian woman/girl that l might have lusted to sleep with her, not any. For our Nuer cousins women, I am here in Ayod, l don’t think>

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              • 7 April 08:09, by Kuch

                l can touch a Nuer woman, don’t get me wrong fellows, my own uncle who is ahead of my father married a Nuer from Gajak community, she is one of my best mum after my own mother, she is hard working and wise. She even rebuked me in 2014 when we bombed the Riek Machar so-called white army out of Bor that, I should not let my revenge and anger take me and see the young Nuers are being used by>>>

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                • 7 April 08:16, by Kuch

                  Riek Machar just for his own crave for power at all costs. Mum advised was spot on. The anger and revenge she was talking about was Riek Machar 1991 massacre, my the Nuers killed my little sister and grandma and again in 2013. The Nuers killed my two direct cousins and injured by younger brother and her own son in Bor in 2014>>>

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                  • 7 April 08:24, by Kuch

                    l listened to her advice though then, but l didn’t have a choice but to get the Nuers out my home town of Bor and to settle our old scores. Riek Machar and Nuers have not told anyone as to why they came and started their revenge killing in Bor and not in Juba where they claimed to have been murdered by the Dinkas/Jaangs government>>>

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                    • 7 April 08:31, by Kuch

                      Any way, the Nuers are people who do not have the word sorry in their language and take the responsibility for their actions. Everything is always the Dinkas/Jaangs fault. Their Riek Machar, Taban Deng, Alfred Lado Gore and Co. devised a coup that was foiled in Juba on the 15/12/2013 and they are openly denying it even if all the electronics communications and other loads of evidence are here>>>

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                      • 7 April 08:54, by Kuch

                        for them to find out. But their foolishness is always; it was a cooked up coup by Salva Kiir purposely to prevent their Riek Machar demigod from being the president of South Sudan. The same rubbish of not taking the responsibility for their own actions. They have been targeting the innocent dinka/Jiengs road travelers, called them MTNs and killed them and lie on the roads>>>

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      • 8 April 07:33, by Eyez

        Kuach
        You Jienge are doomed, just wait for the mobilisation and organisation of the Equatorians under Gen. Thomas Cirillo. You can say what you want, but the truth is that, we will not entertain anymore marginalisation, maltreatment or stupidity from you animals.

        Munu der gani ma ariyan Jienge abu nyalama al gi afin ze kara ta bagara? Anina bi haragu itakum kulu lahadi ras takum bi fahim kwes!
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  • 7 April 07:40, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    What a mockery by a silly soul!! You kill, rape and loot things of citizens and thereafter you beg for food fro world community!! You are the cause and deserves arrest and execution!!

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  • 7 April 07:44, by truth teller

    This is what South Sudan freedom was for ... i will say it again South Sudan was a mistake ... people whho made people fight North are now killing them .. asking other nations to feed them while their money is safe

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    • 7 April 08:46, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Truth Teller,

      You got facts wrong. Liberation of South Sudanese from the yoke of Jallaba colonialism still stands. South Sudan only needs a good leader that could come through free and fair elections that Salva Kiir and his Gogrial goons have denied the people of this noble country. We need to change leadership then normalcy will be in place.

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      • 7 April 09:50, by Bazinguaboy

        South Sudan dis have a "good leader" who came through "free and fair elections". I just wonder what happened down the line?

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  • 7 April 09:29, by Theallseeingeye

    see??!!!??
    thats a typical Jienge habit (a beggar), but worst is now without any sense of shame they fully integrate into Gov system. so you mean the army(SPLA) are hugry because they have not been paid for three month and there is no convenient reason to loot WFP store (cuz no one like Riak is there to be blame now huh?

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    • 7 April 09:42, by Theallseeingeye

      Mr.President
      so when one presume that you don’t posses that mental capacity, minimum required knowledge and qualification to lead a state you just won’t hesitates to eliminate him (Rokoub Ras). now did you see the consequences. you guys have to understand that there are certain rules that nature imposes and enforces. one of it was very obvious and simple back then " A cow cannot rule a state"

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  • 7 April 10:30, by Bazinguaboy

    Are we asking the WFP and FAO whose warehouses we looted to save us with some food? Short span of memory ...

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  • 7 April 11:14, by hamil

    So where is this Half-wit who calls himself Kush Natives? He is always the first to post his pointless and worthless comments on every story. What does he have to say about the famine brought by his beloved President?

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    • 7 April 17:31, by Eastern

      Hamil,

      When thinks become hot, Kush Natives changes to Kuch or any other alias.....Kiir shouldn’t be allowed to enjoy the presidency without leadership; he can’t expect UN or the foreigner he hates to the marrow to provide basic services whicle he remains the "president". No!

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  • 8 April 06:22, by John John

    How can he expect and demand international help on one hand and on the other hand trying to extract as much money as possible frome these organizations?

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