Poverty not power, causes conflict says MP

By Kitab A Unango

A member of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly [TNLA] has attributed prevalent conflict in the country to high rate of poverty.

South Sudan descended into civil war in December 2013. The conflict displaced millions and thousands killed.

Dr. Peter Adwok Nyaba who hails from Latjor Constituency, said the protracted conflict of South Sudan has not been caused by greed for power as commonly perceived but poverty.

“The problem of South Sudan is not power, the problem of South Sudan is poverty,” Dr. Adwok said.

He spoke during a book launching program at the Institute of Peace and Development at the University of Juba yesterday.

Poverty is recognized as an endemic that commonly happen in the third world countries among those who live on an equivalent of less than 1$ per day.

According to the World Bank, about 83 percent of its populations are in rural areas, live under poverty line with no or little access to basic services such as education, health and food.

Dr. Adwok said these issues including ignorance and high rate of illiteracy have contributed to the ongoing conflict in South Sudan such as insecurity and unacceptable immoral practices in the country.

“It is these problems that have led to ethnicity, corruptions and violence in South Sudan,” he added.


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