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UN: S. Sudan’s humanitarian situation “extremely” serious


By Julius N. Uma

January 2, 2012 (PIBOR) — The United Nations humanitarian coordinator
in Thursday described as “extremely” serious the situation of nearly
88,000 people displaced in the aftermath of ethnic violence in South
Sudan’s Pibor County, Jonglei state.

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A MEDAIR medical worker attends to a malnourished child at a health unit in Pibor Boys Primary school, January 02, 2012 (Julius Uma/ST)

Valerie Amos, who is currently on a three-day mission to assess the
humanitarian situation on the ground, said her office, despite limited
resources, will continue drawing international attention to the
enormous challenges that have characterized Africa’s newest nation.

“The humanitarian situation is extremely serious,” said Amos, adding
that, “[And] currently the UN is extremely stretched to manage the
overwhelming situation in the region.”

A wave of ethnic clashes between the Murle and Luo Nuer communities in
Jonglei spiked in April, June August with the most recent in January
and December, forcing the South Sudan government do declare the state
a disaster zone.

An estimated over 120,000 people, according to the UN, have been
displaced as a result of the violence.

Amos, also the UN emergency relief coordinator said $760 million has
already been earmarked this year for South Sudan humanitarian needs,
but acknowledged the funds could be insufficient if the region
continues experiencing more violence.

Notable infrastructural challenges, she said, has greatly hampered
effective responses from aid agencies, but lauded the operational
coordination hub established in Pibor to respond to conflict affected
areas in and around the town.

A total of 17 humanitarian organizations are currently providing
live-saving assistance to the population in Pibor, yet only eight were
in operation in the region prior to the latest outbreak of violence.

Joshua Konyi, the Pibor county commissioner told the visiting UN team
that more organized forces needed to be deployed in the region to
avert further attacks.

“Our people are now for peace,” he said. “All we need is to engage the
youth in agricultural activities or other forms of income generating
activities so that they are not idle.”

Loud cries from malnourished children welcomed the UN humanitarian
coordinator as she entered Pibor Boys Primary school, temporarily
transformed into a health facility for hundreds of malnourished
children from surrounding areas of the county.

Statistic availed by health officials in the region indicate the
numbers of those malnourished is now eight times when compared to that
of last year for January alone, while that of Malaria is six times
that of the previous year.

Also over 9,000 children are reportedly out of schools in Pibor, which
has one secondary and 29 primary schools. Efforts are underway,
according to UN Children Fund (UNICEF) officials closely working with
county education officials, to mobilise children back to school.


• 88,396 people have been registered in needs of assistance
• 44,170 people have been provided with food
• 2,146 people treated with malaria in January
• 59 people have been medically evacuated to Juba and Bor.

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  • 3 February 2012 06:59, by NUER ONE

    Help all those kids,and tell them to stop attacking each others.I am sad to see our kids in such a situation.

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    • 3 February 2012 07:09, by Ruach

      Stop your mouth u fake Nuer dog!Do u ’ve any child here?You are a jobless man running after Nuer & Dinka which ’ll blow u away if u don’t stop it.

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      • 3 February 2012 07:31, by John Bang

        To: Joseph Kony
        You have mentioned a very good points saying that your people are ready for peace and they have to be engaged for agricultural activities,it’s good that the thieves learned after they are being punished.Did all the cannivals thieves in the jungle returned home?If they ’re not returned Lou are eyeing them in the jungle and UN will not helps them.

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      • 3 February 2012 07:34, by NUER ONE

        TO RUACH,
        Your madness has started this morning towards me,but sorry this is how Dinka acts. Control your self or you will kill any body near you for nothing.

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        • 3 February 2012 07:44, by John Bang

          Please,using that diamond name called NUER as a fake name will kill you by itself very soon either some one near to u will catch u bitch!

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      • 3 February 2012 11:17, by SSLA/M Supporter

        Are those the austerity measures cowboy Kiir was talking to take in order to compensate for the closure of the oil production in RoSS! Just to rely on world food program! What a stupid government governing the most stupid people in the world, people who have no clue whatsoever about their God given human rights! The situation in Pibor County is just as worse as any situation of any county in RoSS!

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        • 3 February 2012 11:20, by SSLA/M Supporter

          So, it’s the whole country that is starving and not people of Pibor alone! Sooner South Sudan will be declared as disastrous zone, the same situation happeneing in Somalia! mark my word as long as SPLA/M corrupt and naïve regime is still at large!

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    • 3 February 2012 07:40, by John Bang

      To help the kids is very important,what about the kids killed and displaced in Akobo,Nyirol,Uror,Duk and Bor,were they got helps from UN? No UN has say anything,so when Pibor was being punished for retailtory revenge damn UN came to help them.
      we don’t you any more to help us, let the government of South Sudan controln his people with your helps.

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      • 3 February 2012 10:25, by Legacy Elites

        It was the same UN planes Mr. Riek Machar used for evacuating his Nuer armed robbers thugs, those wounded criminal Nuers who were murderes caught red handed. They were evacuated to be treated in Juba, while the victims were being massacred in Pibor. So Mr Riek evacuated the wounded Nuer and abandoned The Murle on board UN planes

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        • 3 February 2012 11:26, by Manh Baai

          I think there is no reason guys we put blame on our leaders either Nuer,Dinka nor Murle.The incident has happened and we rule it out that it is bad to killed human being in such a number as it happened Pibor.My concern is that government should do something to rescue the life of those suffering from malnutrition, it should not be humanitarian organization only to on it shuold include Government t

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          • 3 February 2012 11:28, by Manh Baai

            How do someone feel if it was suppose to be you in that situation I think you will more isolated and ignore by People of you status. I appreciate all none governmental organization who are trying their best for humanitarian support.

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          • 4 February 2012 00:57, by Cobra Bior

            @Manh Baai. you are really a "manh Baai"icouldnt believe one of your kind would say that.i wish they all die. How many children these motherfuckers killed in Borland, Nuer and the rest? did they every feel sorry about their deed? their past finally hunt them down. this is not a sorry zone.

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    • 3 February 2012 14:07, by omoni jr.

      Dear UN,
      you are wasting your money,time and energy for the people who are NOT supposed to deserved helps at all. Murle gangs and Nuer [white army] are supposed to provide their own respective
      communities humanitarians help.Let two horrible tribes provide their communities cows, goats, chickens,camels,and donkeys,please UN,these people they dont need food or money.i have 3 cows here for sale

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  • 3 February 2012 07:05, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

    We need to know who is the couse of this humanitarian at the first place,

    Who si the couse?.

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  • 3 February 2012 09:11, by JAMES KUOI STEPHEN

    Our people should build and make foundation of peace and stabilities in South Sudan. The victimezers are poor innenciety women and children,from any tribalism. Therefore,support the government of South Sudan with emotional control for attacking yourself.Harvest fruits of peace and prosperity and the delightfull songs for our sovereign state.We need real internal peace between citizen of South suda

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  • 3 February 2012 09:43, by Corrector

    Why are you guys attacking each other? you should be supportive of your own people.

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  • 3 February 2012 10:40, by Lang

    They need to cultivate not depend on UN.
    UN will be crying the same story (we need money for foood!!) every couple of months or year if they don’t start help people of pibor to start cultivating.

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    • 3 February 2012 11:29, by Morthon Akol

      we don’t wont to work for ourself we just need to eat from UN that is what why we kill ourself so that NU can give us food.if that is not the case than why are we fighting ourself.not all South Sudan but just only four states Jonglei,Warrap,Unity and Lakes.

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    • 4 February 2012 01:03, by Cobra Bior

      @ lang. that right brother, these motherfuckers never see doctors. they dont deserved all that, let them feed on mud like they always do. they have just found opportunity to get the free stuff. their help will never end truth me.they will keep popping off from the bushes.

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  • 3 February 2012 14:01, by morogot batal

    Let those who fight take their responsibility...UN has to keep the money they have for necessary help like medichine,building schools and other important issues.Otherwise all of us shall enter that business of getting hundreds milions of dollars that are floating without reason...you are encouraging much stopidity in their mind to continue fighting

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  • 3 February 2012 14:06, by morogot batal

    UN.only used to settle emergency issues or unintended incident but not your problem you did it intentionaly TIT 4 TAT

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  • 3 February 2012 14:15, by morogot batal


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  • 3 February 2012 14:17, by Good Citizen

    what the UN should know is that, they have put a very useless Woman called Hilde Johnson as UNIMSS chief! Two huge massacres happened in her watch,she rushed to the media denying that over 3000 people were massacred in Pibor.this is pathetic for her.she should own the responsibility of overseeing the genocide.not underrating the human catastrophe that the whole world can see.SG Ban Ki-moon should.

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  • 3 February 2012 14:26, by Good Citizen

    SG Ban ki-moon should do something asap.some of our communities in Jongolei,Unity state & Warrap have developed the culture of violence/genocide in their DNA.social scientists/physchologists should come for rescue.this is very important for peaceful co-existence.God help us!

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  • 3 February 2012 20:30, by Isme


    Lameness refers to inability to walk, accessing the purposes and plans. Lameness manifests in various circumstances. In the S.Sudan context:
    Lameness is to have stunted economis growth.
    Lameness is to have constant social unrest.
    Lameness is movement from one political instability to another.
    Lameness is to be ravaged by all diseaes and viruses.

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  • 3 February 2012 20:37, by Isme

    Lameness is the destruction of all infrastructures throught wars.
    Lameness is to rejoice in personal acquisition of wealth and prosperity in face of collective abject poverty.

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  • 3 February 2012 20:56, by Isme

    Iam not blaming Lou Nuer or Murle nor anyone in S.Sudan.
    S.Sudan is not like the other nations that she started together with because many of her heads of state and leaders at independece were occultic and blind folded by the enemy. The leaders, both civilian and military have been dishonest and truthful in their commitment to her progress.

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  • 3 February 2012 21:10, by Isme


    South Sudan Nations has been marked by corruption, avaric, greed, ineptitude and dishonesty, many pursue wealth irrespective, making people rich in return for mortgaging their souls like in the days of baal. minded you guys when the fool come in power the Nation become fool because of bad leadership with many of her leaders having their mentalities shape be wars.

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  • 3 February 2012 21:28, by Isme

    Luck of Patriotism:

    Somebody has been asking to know the cause of ethnic war in South Sudan, the answer to your question mr man is that, your self intrest leaders are the cause of ethinic war, because they luck patriotism and poverty of the mind, thos glutton cunning with the wrong philosophies of life, debilitating cultures and deformed thought patterns.

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