Article dated January 20,2015:
The South-Sudanese humanitarian crisis is one of the worst in current times, classified by UN as “level 3” the same level of need as Syria; however the country ranks only among the ‘top25’ in the interest list of the international community due to low commercial and strategic interests compared to Ukrainian and Palestinian conflicts. Nevertheless, the seriousness of the crisis is daunting.
December 2014 represents the first anniversary of the ongoing South-Sudanese civil conflict between the army loyal to President Salva Kiir, SPLA-Juba, and the army loyal to former deputy president Riek Machar, SPLA-IO.
UNHR, calculates that the conflict has generated more than 1. 9 million refugees who escape conflict areas of Jongoley, Upper-Nile and Unity State, all oil-rich areas.
In the area of Mingkman, nearly 100,000 Internally Displaced People (IDPs) fled to escape the uprising of the civil war which erupted a year ago. This is one of the most populated refugee settlements within South-Sudan.
With the dry season approaching, conflict is expected to erupt heavily once again .The peace agreement signed by the two parties a few weeks ago in Addis-Ababa is transgressed by both parties.
International NGOs operates all over the war-torn country and support the work of UN and WPO (World Food Program) with projects that range from facilitating food distribution to basic health-care; however, it is the lack of basic supplies, such as fuel, that makes everyday life extremely tough.
In addition to the food supplies, a major issue in South-Sudan is logistics, more than 60 trucks, with a capacity of 45 metric tons each, pass every day through the warehouse in Juba. The poor reliability of the roads network throughout the country and the drivers’ need for better pay given the dangers and risks faced during the journey have made logistics more difficult. Food stocks have to be pre-positioned during the next four months of the dry season. After the rainy season, South-Sudan will be impassable once again.
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