Jonglei warns of looming hunger

Jonglei State Minister of Information has warned of a looming hunger in the state as Juba-Bor road continue to face severe insecurity.

Jacob Akech Dengdit said the humanitarian situation in Bor, Twic and Duk is getting worse as continuous insecurity along Juba-Bor road has led to a temporary closure of both road and water transports.

In a press conference yesterday, Dengdit said till today, Juba-Bor road is not safe due to “severe insecurity” from armed criminals.

“The attacks that continue till present have led to huge number of casualties and has exposed thousands more, to severe hunger as supply roots are no longer safe for commercial trucks,” Dengdit said.

He said despite the recent peace agreement signed between Boma and Jonglei states on 23th March, 2017, under the mediation of the First Vice President Taban Deng Gai, “The safety of travelling along these routes either by road or water still remains a big threat to the citizens and traders.”

Dengdit added that as a result of the closure of the Juba-Bor road, the few commodities in the markets were overwhelmed, forcing thousands of people to severe food insecurity. He also added that Bieh, Akobo, Fangak and Boma states are also in the same situation.

Dengdit appeals to the national Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management (MHADM), and other humanitarian agencies to quickly respond to the “looming hunger” in the state by providing humanitarian assistance to the hungry civilians in Jonglei state

“We are also appealing to all humanitarian agencies and other charitable organizations to quickly intervene and save the lives of the most food insecure households in Jonglei state,” Dengdit said.

He further stressed that the government should strengthen security patrol along Juba-Bor road so that the movement of traders’ convoy to the state is not hindered.

By Morris Dogga

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