Currency collapse, famine loom as fighting continues in South Sudan

By Nancy Fleming
A man displaying South Sudanese pound...

A man displaying South Sudanese pound…

May 24, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — Experts are warning South Sudan may soon see a currency collapse, as high inflation cripples the country. This comes as fighting continues between government and rebel forces around South Sudan’s last remaining functioning oil fields.

The African Union on Sunday demanded sanctions and an arms embargo be imposed on South Sudan’s warring leaders, to stem an escalation in the conflict. The world’s youngest country has endured 17 months of brutal civil war, but the destruction of infrastructure and continual displacement of peoples has left the economy and critical food production in chaos.

The constant displacement of peoples is making stable employment rare, continuously smothering the fledgling economy. Up to 90 per cent of the government’s income had come from oil revenues from the now all but destroyed wells.

The communications director for the World Food Programme in the country’s capital Juba, George Fominyen, told RFI that “this year at least 2.5 million people started the year unsure of where their next meal was coming from, and the number is only set to increase”. He describes the severe food scarcity that is present not only in areas directly hit by the conflict but across all of South Sudan.

Some areas are now on the brink of famine and the UN reports that more than half of the country’s 12 million people are in need of assistance, making South Sudan one of the most aid-dependent states.

In the northern town of Malakal, an area rich in oil, the UN began to reinstate order and security in a community that had bore witness to countless atrocities. Life was returning to the shattered streets, but just more than a week ago rebel forces launched an assault on the strategic town, which once again destroyed the new shoots of stability.

Ariane Quentier, the spokesperson for the UN’s mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), told RFI: “This is as big of a set back as it’s possible to have when you’re trying to restore peace.”

~ rfi

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15 comments

  • Economy of south sudan is already collapsed but Dictator salva kiir is not aware of that situation because his government is atribal government. he does not care about south sudanese.

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    • Dinka say that Sun will rise tomorrow and very soon and that is how they live and survive. Nuer started it and they have to apologized. Dinka rural Areas are peaceful and Nuer rural areas will not cultivates in this season.

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  • I can say all S.Sudanese are fool, why they are accepting president who massacres his people and killing their time to some one that would not be recognized as president again, after he’ve carried mass killing, exposed our new nation to world, put as in shame and values his interest against his people, to sell oil and then weapons to swift his own population.
    Plse we have no other choice
    but let we unite to throw this regime now not later, that created these situations to our people and we would be the same again and free to enjoy our freedoms like other countries.
    God bless all innocent people.
    Thank to freedom fighters.
    Thank to world intellegences and witnesses.
    Thank to all international communities for their hard work.
    South sudanes oyeeeeeee…
    Freedom fighters oyeeeeee…
    Nuer oyeeeeeee….
    Shiluk oyeeeee…..
    Equoterial oyeee…
    Murle oyeeee…
    Dr. Riek machar oyeeee…
    And then salute the marties.

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  • It is already collapse nothing to be waited for. Let Kiirkuethpiny resign! Simple solution

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    • Nuer already collapse since Riek Machar never talk,our currency will come back. Famine loom in the big cities and our Rural Areas fine and Nuer Rural areas had been over ran by violence.

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  • Keep it Mr.president because big cities care of themselves only.

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  • Which Village is safe ms. Agumut? Your Master Kiirkuethpiny home is on fire daily and Aweil is also not planting, greater Equatoria which can survive is affected by Dinka cattle raiders who run away from Problems but create problems where ever they go. WHAT HAPPEN TO YOU DINKA, WHERE EVER YOU GO PROBLEMS

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    • Thank God there is a peace,our people will not make another mistake again like what they have done in 1983 when they support SPLA and later become disaster because SPLA was for few people. My relatives and most rural areas never ran to Kenya or Uganda since war begin 1983 until now. They know how to hide themselves from misseriya attack by then. We will not support Machar again because he not for our people.

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  • Dollar will replace SSP if pound become very weak.

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  • Idiot, Agumut pls cure your health:
    1) I believ your uneducated behaviour will not help you to see things differently,
    here educated person even educated dinka is laughing at you and your killer kiir.
    -Don’t you think a govrnment is accommolation of people?
    Pls don’t enjoy the reduction of our population b/c there would be no government.
    -Don’t you think any tribe can happen to be a president?
    Pls Don’t enjoy the death of nuer people, the days may not be the same.
    -Don’t you think you are in wrong side of history by choicing to kill people?
    Then every body belive that, history will expose you to next generations and judge your seeds.
    -Don’t you know that a country sovereignty is important to store ?
    But dictator regime lost it to poorest uganda and put all jinubii in shame.
    Don’t you know that having food is not having safe life?
    So every corners in S.sudan is insecuire not only naath (nuer) areas but also witches(jaang) areas.
    2) Lack of knowing our nation history will not help you,
    here, people you are killing to day are those who drawn the image of self independent South Sudan, that you are enjoying now,
    Dr. Riek Machar =self independent =South Sudan.
    Dr John garang=unionist=zero
    why you don’t even know atleast to thank some one who made you to be, shame on you selfish idiot Agumut.

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  • Bastard , is not me who offended you but your unvalue words.

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