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Form crisis platform as 90 days countdown ticks off

By Kidega Livingstone

The government should quickly form a platform that can quickly rescue the flood victims before the expiry of the months of state of emergency, said Activist.

President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Wednesday issued a Presidential order declaring three months’ state of emergency in a troubled Jonglei State and Greater Pibor Administrative Area over dire humanitarian situation on the ground.

While speaking to Juba Monitor, the Executive Director of Faith Based Initiative Organization, Rev. Nathaniel Garang Aduotdiit said that the Ministry of Humanitarians and Disaster Management should form a platform that could bring together the International Non-Governmental Organizations [NGOs], National Non-Governmental Organizations [NNGOs] in order to rescue the flood victims in Jonglei and Greater Pibor Administrative Area.

“We as churches and also activists in general are calling upon the partners to work alongside the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management for the formation of platform that will give a quick green light for relocation of people affected by the flood before the three months state of emergency expires,” Rev. Garang told Juba Monitor in an interview in Juba on Saturday.

According to Rev. Garang, the survey done by the Faith Based Initiative Organization states that all of Twic East is flooded and has affected over 150,000 people after the flood destroyed houses and crops with no service delivery from the government and its partners.

“As President Salva Kiir puts it in the State of emergency, there is need for the government especially our Vice President Dr. James Wani Igga to come together and work on the platform to deliver the services to this people,” said Rev. Garang.

He said in case the Jonglei state has been rescued it would be easy for the government to move to other states affected by the flood.

“Automatically it will be easy for the government to deal with other states affected by the flood if the platform for the rescue in Jonglei works well,” he said.

“This also will be the first step to make some part of South Sudan to free of flood,” he added.   

He however appealed to the people of Jonglei and Greater Pibor to stop fighting each other and turn to fight the flood that is affecting people yearly.

“It is better to fight against disaster than fighting each other, we are all South Sudanese and children of God, why are we fighting ourselves?,” said Rev. Garang.    

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