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UN relief chief urges urgent action to avert S. Sudan’s food crisis


March 11, 2018 (LEER) - The United Nations humanitarian coordinator, Alain Noudehou has urged urgent action from aid agencies and their partners to address the worsening food crisis in South Sudan.

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Alain Noudéhou, the Deputy Special Representative in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (Getty)

Noudehou led a high-level delegation of donors, heads of humanitarian agencies and partners to Leer in South Sudan’s Unity state to see firsthand the plight of 90,000 people living in the area.

During the Friday’s visits to Leer, the high level delegation reportedly met the Governor of Leer, community leaders and aid agencies who are currently assisting tens of thousands of people across the region.

Leer was one of two counties affected by famine in 2017. However, although the famine problem was stopped due to intensive humanitarian intervention, the situation remains fragile with about 85% of the population predicted to reach crisis and emergency food insecurity conditions by the end of April, aid agencies said.

“Due to seasonal time pressure, we need early funding now to reach millions of people with multi-sectoral assistance during the dry season through road transport and prepositioning of life-saving aid supplies. These same activities will be many times more costly if done by air transport during the rainy season,” stressed the UN relief coordinator.

More than 7 million people in South Sudan could become severely food insecure between May and July without sustained humanitarian assistance and access, three UN agencies recently said on a joint report analyzing food security in the country.

“Once again, I strongly urge all parties to the conflict to stop the fighting and to ensure that humanitarian agencies are given free, safe and unhindered access to all areas of South Sudan, and for all bureaucratic impediments to be removed,” said Noudehou.

With South Sudan’s civil war now in its fifth year, civilians across the country have continue to suffer from hunger, disease and displacement. Nearly 4.3 million people in South Sudan have reportedly been displaced, including more than 1.8 million who are internally displaced and about 2.5 million who are in neighbouring countries.


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  • 11 March 2018 23:22, by lino

    Five years civil war in the country would have been almost a Presidential term end for Kiir of someone else if leaders are not greedy to keep powers in one hand!!!
    Kiir should know by now playing the same music never please anyone no matter what his/her legacy looks like! I was told that Bashir of Sudan is running the country through his boys Tut and Toor Deng Mawien!!!

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  • 12 March 2018 02:59, by One people

    Please come out from POC and go to your farm so you can pordus food for your children’s instead of running after what you don’t know about

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    • 12 March 2018 05:58, by Sunday Junup

      One People,
      Can you tell me which place has cultivated normally this year? All commissioners across country wide are crying of humanitarian needs and you are now here telling those innocence to come out and go to farm. You might have caught up by Jealousy or you are thirst for killing Nuer

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      • 12 March 2018 11:57, by Kush Natives

        Sunday Junup,
        I didn’t expect that Nuer scared to death by Dinka, by the way, the senseless war isn’t between Nuer vs Dinka, although you eccentric promoted it to be. Sunday, you thug are the ones inciting violence against tribes in South Sudan period. Preaching hatred among peaceful tribes in South Sudan soil will not bring you back from the bushes. Think differently!

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    • 12 March 2018 07:41, by jubaone

      Even jienges who have no wars in their lands are receiving food aid. Just lazy idlers. They could be the people to feed the whole SS and control the markets. Thanks God, they can’t think except kill, steal and rape innocent people.

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      • 12 March 2018 12:02, by Kush Natives

        The men in Dinka lands are busy cleaning up the country from your mess, I bet you’re not here in South Sudan, otherwise you pronounce such words.

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        • 12 March 2018 16:23, by Khent


          What on earth are you on about? Dinka men (foolish Dinka "elders") were instrumental in destroying South Sudan. Jubaone is right to point out that the bulk of Dinka territory was unscathed by the war and yet hundreds of thousands of Dinka have inexplicably left their lands for Darfur, White Nile and Khartoum.

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          • 12 March 2018 16:30, by Khent

            ..The Dinka were not content with humiliating themselves... they also had to humiliate the entire Nation by applying for observer status in the Arab League. That’s pathetic! The Dinka are now South Sudan’s biggest traitors and sell-outs. The Dinka man, his mentality, culture and behaviour have been a liability to South Sudan, but this Arab League betrayal takes the cake.

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        • 12 March 2018 18:52, by jubaone

          Bush Natives,
          The essence of his being is anarchy, chaos and disorder. To talk of cleaning a mess is simply stupid. The jienge is spreading his shit allover. I would give you credit, had jienges organized their lives to be admired by the rest. If you can’t make it in a peaceful jiengeland how can you make it where there is war? Worthless. Shut up. Case closed.

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        • 13 March 2018 02:52, by Koryom2

          Kush Natives,
          You are wasting your time with these losers. Just read how this so-called Twic East coward, called *Khent* had been posting bullsh*ts some of these days on this SUDAN TRIBUNE website. This Khent loser is living over 6,ooo miles away from South Sudan. The loser is a Twic East fool---where Rebecca Nyandeng & Majak Agoot hail from>>>

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          • 13 March 2018 02:58, by Koryom2

            These losers consider themselves to have lost their privileges they used to enjoy under Dr. Garang during our genuine war of independence. Now, the losers are even trying to alliance themselves with the losers like Riek Machar, Pagan Amuom, Adwok Nyabe & Lam Akol. And the losers think, other people would join their bullsh*ts---the criminals are playing with fire>>>

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            • 13 March 2018 03:04, by Koryom2

              Mr. Kush Natives, the cowards used to let the Nuers passed through their villages to come to Bor in Dec-2013-Jan. 2014. Their Rebecca Nyandeng was the bitch who sparked off the current mess in our country with her loud mouth that the Nuers were targeted by the Dinkas/Jiengs in Juba on the 15/12/2013 simply because they were Nuers>>>

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              • 13 March 2018 03:10, by Koryom2

                These Twic East fool called Khent has never ever questioned as to why his Riek Machar & his bunch of foolish Nuers came & start their revenge killing in Bor, Akoba, Balliet, Malakal, Anasir & Bentiu? And in the then home town of Salva Kiir of Warrap, since the fools have been claiming all along that the Nuers were killed in Juba by Salva Kiir body guards from>>>>

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                • 13 March 2018 03:17, by Koryom2

                  Warrap & Northern Bhar El Gazelles?? Mr. Kush Natives, fools like Pagan Amuom & Uyai deng Ajak shilluks thieves & losers. But they were used by Dr. Garang during our genuine war of independence by letting them marry the so-called *Twic East prostitutes* Riek Machar is alleged to have a apologized to the Bor on his 1991 messed up with our people & our country>>>

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                  • 13 March 2018 03:38, by Koryom2

                    and the apology was alleged done in Rebecca Nyandeng home!! Riek Machar is allegedly considered to have re-married Rebbecca Nyandeng. Mr. Kush Natives, I am the one that helped bombed the Riek Machar so-called *white army* out of my home town of Bor, Ayod, Balliet, Malakal & some other little villages in my former home state of Jonglei state. Mr. Kush Natives>>>

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                    • 13 March 2018 04:20, by Koryom2

                      do you know the reason the greatest charlatan of all time, Mr. Barack Obama used to called our country---"the US national interest"? The fool & his then bunch of evil juus in his then *US states department* thought they would have used our country & our people as their so-called *cold war two* experiment and that was why the Barack Obama came to ethiopia & came and lectured>>>

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          • 13 March 2018 03:41, by Khent


            It’s hilarious being called a "coward" by someone from Bor. I already called Mabior Garang a traitor for supporting Riek and condemned his mother as well. You’re someone that needs help with your visible mental health issues. You’re entirely unaware of how absolutely insane you come across to everybody else when you subject us to your idiotic, stale spiels.

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            • 13 March 2018 03:50, by Khent

              You’re still talking against Garang, and it’s clear that this is inspired by some form of animus toward Twic-east. It’s funny because you (Bor people) consistently claim that Garang was from Bor and try to impose your identity on to us. In your trademark delirious, warped state of mind... you recently said you would bomb the United States. ROFL! Seek psychological help.

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              • 13 March 2018 03:58, by Khent

                You’re just mad that our entirely disarmed population in Twic-east did not sacrifice themselves for the people of Bor in order for you to escape to Equatoria. The Nuer were massacred in Juba, so blaming that otherwise idiotic woman for telling the truth is laughable.

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                • 13 March 2018 05:33, by Koryom2

                  Mr. Khent,
                  using *big words* doesn’t show that you are educated. Tell us where, you so-called Twic East cowards are from & l will tell you in explicit details that you are just another piece of sh*t who want to be relevant.

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              • 13 March 2018 05:10, by Koryom2

                So where did your Garang comes from coward if not Bor? It is better you bring your arse back to South Sudan & come take your damn so-called Twic East to what is that place you cowards came.

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                • 13 March 2018 07:26, by Khent


                  Look at you, foaming at the mouth trying to negate Twic-east by treating it as a sub-group of people called Bor. The word Bor is in reference to a land that floods and all of Jonglei (prior to partition) fits this description; you (Mading Bor) redefined this and gave it ethnic dimensions. There really is no Dinka sub-section called Bor...

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                  • 13 March 2018 07:36, by Khent

                    ..but since your people in Mading Bor (Athoc and Gok) are so fond of using it as an ethnic identifier - you can keep it for yourselves while we maintain our own identities. You constantly try to argue that I somehow stupid woman Rebecca and her pathetic son no matter how many times I tell you how much I loathe them for aligning with that traitor Riek...

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                    • 13 March 2018 07:51, by Khent

                      ..I don’t support any ’politician’ in Twic-east and I certainely don’t support Riek Machar or Salva Kiir. I also don’t have any love for the corrupt former detainees. Salva Kiir should resign and pick a successor. Kuol Manyang is definitely not ideal, but it’s better than allowing a traitor like Riek to reach the Presidency. Salva Kiir cannot govern and must leave for the sake of the country.

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                  • 13 March 2018 08:30, by Koryom2

                    No one on earth names his/her self that you are this or that. Everybody work very hard for his/her space. We are the Ancient Egyptians fool. Go and us Mr. Riek Machar & some his fools he tried to bring into our country, where he really is? We are going to bomb our enemies out of our country fool.

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                    • 13 March 2018 09:55, by Khent


                      South Sudanese are not closely related to the ancient Egyptians. The indigenous Egyptians of Southern Egypt and the Nubians of North Sudan and Southern Egypt are the only people that can make that claim. I’ll leave you to your insanity.

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                      • 14 March 2018 03:53, by Koryom2

                        Mr. Khent,
                        It is you fools looks for another country out of my home state Jonglei. We are the Ancient Egyptian fool. You lie through your foolish teeth about the knowledge of Ngok Dinka & their countries. Where do you fools think the ’wrestling’ you fools from the so-called Twic East come from?>>>

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                        • 14 March 2018 04:01, by Koryom2

                          Your Riek Machar, Nuers (Nuer ke nyantoc), don’t even do ’wrestling’, Malual Giernyang, don’t do wrestling, the Ngok Dinka don’t even do wrestling. Mr Khent fool. Tell your Rebecca Nyandeng, Pagan Amuom, Majak Agoot & others to get the hell out of Kenya. We are not going to negotiate with you fools in the hotels, brothels & bars of Adis Ababa again>>>

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                          • 14 March 2018 04:07, by Koryom2

                            Mr. Khent,
                            You will be best man to tell these traitors that the game is over. And they are not needed in our country again. Mr. Khent, we are going to wait for you traitors here in my home state of Jonglei & l doubt you fools would be welcomed, trust me.

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  • 12 March 2018 13:42, by Nairobimitot

    We do not need food from anybody or agencies. What we need is Peace internal peace. I urge all our officials to forgive themselves and bring themselves to their senses of leading this beautiful nation into the promised land. Let us all take lessons from Kenya rivalry between Uhuru Kenyata and Raila Odinga. Let unite south Sudan together and forget bad but remember the goods things such as we got our independence from the North and we should be pleased that we are leading this nation by ourselves and not destroy or harm anybody who is a citizen of South Sudan.

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