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1.5 million S. Sudanese risk facing famine, says UN

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January 24, 2018 (JUBA) – At least 1.5 million South Sudanese could face famine while up to 20,000 of them are experiencing famine conditions, a United Nations humanitarian officials told the Security Council on Wednesday.

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People in conflict-affected areas of South Sudan collect food from WFP (WFP/eter Testuzza Photo)

"The next lean season, which begins in March, is likely to see food security worsen, and could see famine conditions spread to several new locations across the country," said Ursula Mueller, the deputy humanitarian coordinator.

She said access challenges have continued to delay and interrupt the humanitarian response in South Sudan. In Unity state, Mueller said, truck drivers delivering humanitarian supplies by road from Juba passed through 66 checkpoints.

More than 5 million South Sudanese or approximately half of the country’s population are believed to be severely food insecure.

The anticipated food crisis is mainly attributed to the South Sudanese population’s inability to plant or harvest due to war that has displaced millions of people.

In December 2017, the UN office for coordination of humanitarian affairs (OCHA) and the humanitarian community in South Sudan launched on an appeal for $1.7 billion to assist up to 6 million people affected by conflict, displacement and hunger.

Since the conflict in South Sudan began in December 2013, about 4 million people have reportedly been forced to flee their homes, including nearly 1.9 million people who have been internally displaced and over 2 million people who have fled as refugees to neighboring countries.

Last year alone, the world body and its partners reportedly reached over 5 million South Sudanese, providing assistance to people in critical need.

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  • 25 January 08:21, by jubaone

    Raising $1.7b for starving SS is stupid. There’s a cheaper and quicker way to get rid of all these nonsense; arm the opposition to flush off the Kiirminal regime. The international community just needs $10m at least. They could use the rest money for reconstruction. The Kiirminal is costing the donors billions. He is the problem.

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    • 25 January 08:41, by Rumbek S. Sudan

      Jubaone,

      That is a stupid idea as well. Imagine UN giving money to opposition to fight Kiir’s government, where will you put civilians that are already starving? Tell me any country in the world where UN fund conflict or war?

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      • 25 January 10:51, by jubaone

        Rumbek,
        Read my message again, ya jienge. I stated "international community" and NOT the UN. The UN DOES NOT fund anti-govt insurgencies, but individual govts do support covertly like the Anti-Sandanista, Taliban against Soviet Union, in El-Salvador etc. Honestly, the Kiirminal and his surrogates/hirelings can only be contained in the battle fields then peace comes

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    • 25 January 10:09, by Kenyang ll

      Jubaone,
      With same structure and mindset in the rebel camps, you will not win the war even if you are hypothetically given entire $1.7 billion. It’s determined people that fight war not guns.

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      • 25 January 10:56, by jubaone

        Kenyang,
        Yesterday´s worthless rebels now turned oppressors are using the same logic and calling others "rebels". Didn´t the US, UK, Israel not covertly support the "rebel SPLA" with arms till it forced Bashir to negotiate the CPA? You jienge scumbag! If $1.7b were to be given to the "rebels" I bet you all jeinges would be scampering to be rebels, cos of free money.

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        • 25 January 11:36, by Kenyang ll

          Jubaone,
          When others (countries) choose to help they don’t just throw money but do so knowing people they’re helping will success. The countries you listed were helping "determined" people not bunch of cowards who barely afford unarmed civilians on the roads. Neighboring countries and beyond know very well you hopeless can’t stay Juba for a day even if it were to be liberated for you.

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          • 25 January 12:12, by Kenyang ll

            I’d rather insist on your cowardness for lack of help. Many are already in Uganda as refugees, who would shoot those $1.7 billions weapons? When time comes Dinka will establish their own and fight for necessary changes. They would not join ragtag rebels lead by visionless tribalists. Dinka didn’t join the SPLA in 1980s because of money. I’m sure your ragtags will feast on your $1.7 billion, alone.

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            • 25 January 12:44, by jubaone

              Kenyang,
              You cunningly expropriated state funds and dressed up half-naked idiots with uniforms and call them an army? Since when did you start calling the rest "ragtag?", as if illiterate village savages now turned a "tribal militia" are worthy to be called a discplined army. Shame on you! These are simply trigger-happy dummies hell bent of raping, killing and stealing from defenceless women

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          • 25 January 12:38, by jubaone

            Kenyang,
            What do you mean by "determined people" as if the help was meant for jienges solely? Did you jienges use the cover of other SS nationalities to expedite your tribal agenda? Well, lets see how determined you are this time in doing it alone. Fighting is NOT a monopoly of jienges alone and no jienges were born "soldiers", this are acquired skills. Lets get man-to-man and see.

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            • 25 January 12:50, by jubaone

              Kenyang,
              Just as the "White Army WA" was about to storm Juba i 2014, your uncle cried for UPDF, JEM, SPLA/N are other hirelings to help reverse the military gains of the WA. Today, it is Nuer nyagateen doing the fighting in UNile while your worthless nyors are preoccipied searching for cassava, goats and raping old women and teenage girls in Equatoria. Thats all they do. Bunch of cowards

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              • 25 January 16:45, by Khent

                Jubaone

                Salva Kiir sparked a war when the Nuer accounted for 75% of the army, so their initial succeses are understandable. The Dinka left the army in 2005-6, and Khartoum compliant Nuer militiamen replaced them. Salva Kiir initially rejected Bahr el Ghazal’s Gelweng fighters — entrusting his survival upon the involvement of the UPDF...

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                • 25 January 16:52, by Khent

                  ..before Malong convinced him that the involvement of the Gelweng was necessary; these fighters were sourced primarily from Aweil and Gogrial... the areas where Salva Kiir’s paternal and maternal families hail from; Malong is actually related to Salva Kiir through his mother’s side -> Abiem in Aweil.

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                  • 25 January 16:59, by Khent

                    ..It was the Bahr el Ghazal militia that regained all the territory in Upper Nile, and this happened long before Taban Deng joined Salva Kiir. The only Nuer that were with Kiir are the Bul Nuer of Mayom county and they were eclipsed by the Bahr el Ghazal force in Unity State. Taban Deng comes from a small Nuer section and is no where near as important as you think. He could be discarded tomorrow.

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                    • 25 January 17:54, by jubaone

                      Khent,
                      If going by historical arithmetic data that over 80% of all SPLA recruits from 1973-2005 were predominantly jienges, it is then mind boggling how Nuer aka nyagateen then surpassed that number to account for 75% of the SPLA in 2013 as in your assertation. Where did the jienges all melt away? What happened? Something does NOt add up together.

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                      • 25 January 17:55, by jubaone

                        errata: 1983 instead of 1973

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                        • 26 January 01:07, by Khent

                          jubaone

                          The Dinka were in army to fight Khartoum, and when that ended in 2005, they returned to their homes... and it’s at this point that tens of thousands of Nuer militiamen were aborbed into the SPLA from multiple Khartoum supported militias. Paulino Matip alone provided 50, 000...

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                          • 26 January 01:14, by Khent

                            ..and when you add the fighters of Gadet, Koang, Tanginya and many more — the numbers add up; Salva Kiir should never have incorporated such a large number of Nuer militiamen. Due to Salva Kiir’s lack of popularity, there are now only two [2] Dinka sections that are committed to this war...

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                            • 26 January 01:26, by Khent

                              ..And if he had all twenty-five [25] sections at his side... this unnecessary war would have ended in 2014; the Dinka are accustomed to misery and could commit to a struggle in which they have to sacrifice half their population, but the war must be justified -> threatening their survival...

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                              • 26 January 06:16, by Khent

                                ..But it’s the other way round... it’s the Dinka that are threatening the survival, sovereignty and dignity of others; this criminal regime in Juba only represents a small coterie of Dinka thieves and murderers. It’s not a government - it’s a criminal syndicate. The Dinka and Nuer are generally not suitable for political leadership...

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                                • 26 January 06:35, by Khent

                                  ..only one in a thousand is qualified; my people are Neolithic in their mind-set and behaviour. South Sudan will not progress until these two brutish tribes undertake substantive and comprehensive reforms. A representative, visionary, transparent, competetent and accountable ’government’ will need to formulate a program...

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                                  • 26 January 07:09, by Khent

                                    ..to propel them into the 21st century — whether they like it or not. I am truly fed up with these people and their deformed culture of violence and hubris; the people of Lakes State represent the worst in the Dinka and will require tens of thousands of soldiers and police officers to bring them to heel. The people of Aweil and Biemnom are what all Dinka sections should aspire to be...

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                                    • 26 January 09:01, by Khent

                                      ..honourable, brave and peaceful — unless provoked. The government in Juba has utterly failed the Nation; we have 100x less electricity than the North. The oil remittance provided Juba with tens of billions of dollars of which the vast majority [$20 billion] was siphoned off by thieving, murderous psychopaths....

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                                      • 26 January 09:47, by Khent

                                        ..We have around 26 MW of installed electricity in the entire Nation while the North has over 2600 MW; Ehiopia will add 6500 MW with the completion of the $6 billion hydroelectric dam - which incidentally corresponds with our hydroelectric potential. Vietnam recently signed an agreement with a Chinese company to build a $300 million solar panel factory capable of adding 1500 MW to its grid...

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                                        • 26 January 10:40, by Khent

                                          ..in a year; if we build a similar capacity factory for each region, we could theoratically add 4500 MW annually. The government could have built large cement factories and steel and aluminium mills in each region. We should multiple refineries by now. Colleges with courses for every vocation could have been established in every State...

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                                          • 26 January 14:26, by jubaone

                                            Khent,
                                            I see you inward reflection of your people highlighting their intrinsic strengths and weaknesses. Since they are so mentally deformed to be reformed for a modern and progressive nation, we as Equatorians are simply saying, you go your way and we go ours. That way, we spare ourselves the inconvenience of hurting each other. I strongly stand for Equatexit.

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                                            • 26 January 14:42, by Khent

                                              Jubaone

                                              You want to give up on the country after just seven [7] years? I think we can still fix some of the most pressing matters without dissolving our hard earned country. I understand where you’re coming from and empathise with you but I disagree. We’ll just have to disagree on this key issue, mate.

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                                              • 26 January 16:46, by jubaone

                                                Khent,
                                                The SS is no longer tenable, it is over and the best now is to part. Like the biblical parable, 7 lean years and broken hopes. Equatoria can take care of itself (imagine Rwanda is just as big as Central Equatoria) or even smaller. Equatorians must carry their own crosses and so must those in Upper Nile and Bahr el Ghasal.

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                                                • 26 January 16:54, by jubaone

                                                  Khent,
                                                  You may disagree with Equatexit, but there’s little that binds me with e.g a jienge from Aweil, a Collo from Malkal. We incidentally found ourselves in this geographical space. Let’s agree to stay good neighbors in different houses than bitter enemies under the same roof. Many Equatorians are convinced that it is best to split and if it requires a fight, we shall go it, now, soon, later..

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  • 25 January 08:24, by Rumbek S. Sudan

    UN and other International humanitarian agencies are creating South Sudanese depending on free food. The land all over South Sudan is so fertile that even when you plan a nail, it can grow. Please UN, we don’t want dependency, we want self-reliance. Give us hoes, machines, seeds of different varieties so that we grow our own food. We want UN to pressure warring parties to make peace. Period!!

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