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South Sudan’s Kiir, USAID’s Green disagree over humanitarian access


September 2, 2017 (JUBA) - The visiting head of USAID Mark Green disclosed that his meeting with President Salva Kiir disagreed with him on the need to address the humanitarian situation and to stop the war, warning that Washington is reviewing its policy towards Juba.

On Saturday, Green wrapped a two-day visit to South Sudan where he visited Juba and Wau to assess the situation in the war-ravaged country and inspect the humanitarian activities of the USAID, the largest donor to the people of South Sudan.

In statements to Reuters, the USAID head said that President Kiir denied that the army and allied forces impede the humanitarian access the civilians in the war affected areas.

“He disagreed with our assessment that there are problems with humanitarian access,” Green said. The USAID chief added he told the South Sudanese president that Washington is seriously reconsidering its policy towards his government.

“While it is true that we support the people of South Sudan, it is just as true that the situation has deteriorated to the point where a serious re-examination of U.S. policy is appropriate,” he added.

“I told him that in the next few weeks we are undertaking a complete review of our policy toward South Sudan,” he said, pointing that his discussions with Kiir were “cleared at the highest levels” in Washington.

During his visit, Green met with the UN agencies and humanitarian groups. Also, he met with the UNMISS leadership which struggle to protect aid groups on the ground.

In a separate statement released after his departure, the USAID said Green strongly urged Kiir to stop military operations and to end obstructing humanitarian access as well as to work for a viable peace in the troubled country.

"He urged the President to help end the suffering of his people by taking a number of specific steps on an urgent basis: restoring a permanent ceasefire by ceasing ongoing military offensives; ending obstruction of humanitarian access; eliminating exorbitant fees levied on aid organizations; and engaging in a meaningful, inclusive peace process," reads the statement.

The newly appointed USAID administrator further described South Sudan as the most dangerous country in the world for aid workers, and he called on the President to ensure the security of aid workers and end impediments that block or delay the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

The USAID provided some $2.7 billion of humanitarian aid to the South Sudan since the start of the four-year conflict.


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  • 3 September 2017 11:54, by Lenin Bull

    Mark Green is indirectly revenging the shameful death of their white CIA agent in the person of Christopher Allen. The USA should not come to South Sudan and start threatening the government and people of South Sudan. US government stopped its financial assistance since the war broke out in December 2013 and this was a strategy to help in overthrowing the government.

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    • 3 September 2017 13:53, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Where is national security to arrest Mark Green. Why he threat a president about USAID policy toward Kiir leadership.

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    • 4 September 2017 04:55, by lino

      Ya Bull, he is not threating the people, but the government. Please don’t flip the warning. You can threat the people you are feeding!!!
      The government is creating insecurity and using food as a weapon!!! It must be condemned and corrected ASAP!

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  • 3 September 2017 11:59, by Lenin Bull

    US government has been constantly sponsoring motions in UN security council to embargo and sanction South Sudan, and silently colluding with SPLA-IO to overthrow the government. A friend in need is a friend indeed and US is not one of our friends in our history except those who have not been following and analyzing US assistance to South Sudan. What are American journalists doing with rebels?

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  • 3 September 2017 12:05, by Lenin Bull

    The best option for US is to condemn war and document war lords like Riek, Lam Akol, Gen Chiril, and ask them to stop the war and killing of innocent civilians and enforce democracy through periodic elections. Playing ethnic ideology in South Sudan war will not help US foreign interests in the long run since no one ethnic group will help US foreign interests alone but all South Sudanese people can

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  • 3 September 2017 12:10, by Lenin Bull

    Mark Green’s words/speech toward President Salva Kiir are filled with disrespect and derogatory undertone. No foreign agent can talk like that to another leader/president of a free and independent country like this offensive and disgusting style of Mark Green with President Salva Kiir who by his virtue of his office is esteemed representative and respectable symbol as a sovereign country.

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  • 3 September 2017 12:15, by Lenin Bull

    America should go to hell with its money and assistance and leave South Sudan in peace. We are a free country and people just like the US and its proud citizens. South Sudanese and their government deserve respect and unnecessary interference and belittling are unwelcome and will be met with resistance no matter how powerful US might be. Human beings are born equal in rights and dignity being US

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  • 3 September 2017 12:16, by Lenin Bull

    Being US is nothing to some of us.

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    • 3 September 2017 13:38, by Majesty

      Hope you are not overreacting on this. Certainly, those who defecate on themselves over and over again have zero or little control about their dignity especially from those who have been trying to clean up their mess. USA has spent over $ 500 millions on suffering South Sudanese this year, should they continue giving and say nothing?

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      • 3 September 2017 15:52, by Lenin Bull

        Majesty are you really yourself? Where was that huge amount of money spent? How was it spent? Do you understand what I wrote above? Go back and research where and how that 500 million spent with no impact on the lives of our people. That money is more than our national budget for last year 2015-2016!! Why are our people are still poor if that 500 million US$ was spent here?

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          • 3 September 2017 17:04, by Majesty

            "This fiscal year, the United States spent more than $500 million getting emergency aid to the 2 million internally displaced South Sudanese. Counting aid to another 2 million refugees in neighboring countries, this year the United States spent almost $730 million, making it by far the biggest donor."

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            • 3 September 2017 17:41, by Majesty

              We can beat our chests we are winning the war and that America is on rebels side but what’s true it’s United States that pressured Ethiopia, Sudan and Kenya to deny Riek any base or support while pushing for his house arrest. Despite hostile posture by some administrations or individuals, America remains friend of South Sudan not enemy.

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              • 3 September 2017 17:50, by Majesty

                Millions South Sudanese sheltered within and outside the country have massive needs each day. We have to imagine someone must be paying for it.

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                • 3 September 2017 19:32, by Atemjak

                  Kids food yesterday i have a right to dictate you in your house. If you feel that you are not happy giving good to your neighbor, you can stop and nobody will ask you why did you stop being Good Samaritan because it was a will not a must and therefore should not be use to interfere in South Sudan issues, yes Kiir is not a good leader but we can not allow our norms to be disregarded just because

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              • 3 September 2017 19:24, by Atemjak

                American sum up the maize, medicine and oils they gave to South Sudanese refugees in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan and displace people within South Sudan to be equal to 500 million USD not cash assistant to South Sudanese people or government. It is welcome to give food to your neighbor as a willing give and willing take but not threatening your number neighbor that because i give your

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                • 3 September 2017 20:05, by Majesty

                  Do Kiir has maize, medicine...that sums $500 millions for his suffering people? It’s what this American said, their generosity will not go on forever. How is that a threat? Did I missed anywhere they mentioned they are coming to bomb Juba?

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        • 3 September 2017 18:02, by Tilo

          Some people are too damp,
          The money was not given to government, the money was give in Aid ... that is why you could not embezzle any.
          The money was given to help South Sudanese Refugees in SS and the Neighbouring countries including Uganda, Sudan Ethiopia, Kenya and CAR

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    • 3 September 2017 21:43, by Eastern

      Lenin Bull, that mindset is the greatest undoing of the Juba tribal cabal: BEING US IS NOTHING TO SOME OF US....We fought the jalaba for over 20 years, we captured this town and that town, blah, blah....Not even Russia thinks that way...!

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  • 3 September 2017 13:58, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Every donor want to have problems with President Kiir in vain but all the corners of peace are attempted by president to achieve peace in the country and all oppositions in objecting of peace to be exist.

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  • 3 September 2017 14:00, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The humanitarian accessories are not equal to South Sudanese affected by non objective civil war.

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  • 3 September 2017 14:04, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The UN, and non UN agencies operating in South Sudan are not for peace, they are in South Sudan for a making money.

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    • 3 September 2017 14:35, by Malakal county Simon


      No further comment and you should work to improve your poor English Language first.... Stop defending this unwanted president, he doesn’t care about any one but his leadership only.... So why you constantly defending some one who does not care for you??

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      • 3 September 2017 14:54, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

        M. C. S
        please adjust your English construction, try to put tenses properly and other part of speechs.
        Abuse is not a solution to determine your poor ass.

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  • 3 September 2017 17:48, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Humanitarian mean for humanity n if there are some talk that sounds like threat or disrespectful as some of you might term it is beco3 of insecurity of the Aid workers, but what I feel to understand is the fact that the humanitarian team re well equipped for any formalities; this felt others in delima if this indirect colonisation or Haject of power governance!!!

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