Elderly persons complain over lack of support

By Martha David

Elderly people in Juba are calling on the government to support to them

Alfred Lakusang, a representative of the elderly people said old aged people in the country were not being supported.

He was speaking at the celebration for the international elderly persons in Juba yesterday.

Alfred complained that elderly persons across the country were seriously suffering and were not able to help themselves.

“Some of them lost their children during the war and now they are without shelter. No clean water, no food, no health assistance,” Alfred said.

Syama Joyce, one of the elders called on the government to provide them with shelter.

“Some of us are blind and cannot do any kind of work but also they need their children to be paid in schools,” she said.

Yangi Justin, Executive Director for Elderly Community Organization (ECO) said it was the first time in South Sudan that elderly people have come together to celebrate their day.

She lamented that the voice of the elderly people in the country was not heard as well their representation was not recognized.

“I want to raise the voice of the elders, I want to represent you, we want our government to know that elderly people are there and they are suffering a lot,” Yangi said.

He said the most challenges facing the elderly people include health complication, negligence, homelessness and hunger.

Yangi said the situation has forced them to resort on the streets.

The executive Director (ECO) appealed to the youth to care for the elderly people saying one day they will also become old.

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