KIIR-Declared State of emergency

By James Atem Kuir

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

Under Republican order number 23/2020 which was read on the National Corporation SSBC, the President did not mention any measures to be taken to provide the needed assistance to the affected people.

On Tuesday this week, Jonglei State governor, Denay JocK Chagor appealed for immediate humanitarian assistance to the people affected by flooding in Bor and other counties across the state.

Also last week, reports by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management indicated that about 150,000 people have been uprooted or affected by inter-communal  fighting and flash flooding in Jonglei State and Greater Pibor Administrative Area within a period of one month alone (from July 4th to August 4th).

According to the same reports, barely half of these people have been reached for assistance though it made no mention of the areas and the kind of assistance delivered to these people.

In June this year, President Salva Kiir formed a high level committee to investigate the root cause of the inter-communal violence in Jonglei and Pibor areas that has been raging on for months displacing thousands and leaving hundreds dead.

The Committee headed by Vice President Dr. James Wani Igga held talks with local chiefs from Jonglei and Greater Pibor in an effort to bring them to the table to negotiate lasting peace.

The High Level Committee is yet to publish its reports on the root cause of the conflict in the Jonglei Region. Communities in the region have repeatedly accused politicians of masterminding the inter-communal violence.

Jonglei State and Greater Pibor Administrative Area have been experiencing cattle raiding, child abduction, killing and displacement.

According to the report by the United Nations Office for Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) last year, some 908,000 people in South Sudan were affected by heavy flooding.

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