Editorial

In solidarity with the flood-affected people

By Malek Arol Dhieu (Guest)

Odongo Odoyo

In August, the Council of Ministers approved 10 million U.S dollars to support people devastatingly affected by floods in and across the country. Up to date, no news is heard about the whereabouts of the money and what leads to delay in using it to resettle those displaced from their homes and provide food and medical items. The government never misses a day mentioning transparency in all its services delivered to the citizens, but I don’t know why it’s opaque in releasing such a huge amount of money to help flood-affected victims whose conditions deteriorate day in, day out. When you want to kill the hungry people more quickly, promise to provide them with basic needs. They will die rapidly because they will divorce endurance and marry anticipation, and as they marry anticipation, they will lose the format of resisting harsh conditions. When the government approved 10 million U.S dollars to be paid to flood-affected people, even the flood itself felt South Sudanese leaders were serious, and so, it almost fled the country, but unfortunately, the delay sharpens its teeth to grind the victims more aggressively. It’s as clear as crystal that the government of South Sudan lacks “implements”, an enzyme that catalyzes implementation of decisions made, but the conditions under which displaced people live are direful, and that, the Council of Ministers should tiptoe to any neighbouring country to borrow ‘implements’ so as to implement releasing the 10 million U.S dollar relief package. If there are constraints hindering the release of this money, they should be communicated so that the public and the victims themselves are aware of what causes the delay. Keeping people informed about the surroundings such as this rescue to flood-affected people is of prime importance to public consumption. When homelessness features with hunger, the victims always wish to have died before such a catch-22 situation mocks them. I long to the day that the flood-affected people be paid their 10 million U.S dollar relief package. 

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