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S. Sudan austerity measures raise food-security fears: agencies

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February 26, 2012 (JUBA) — South Sudan’s tough austerity measures, introduced in the wake of the current oil crisis could have serious implications on people already suffering from poverty, lack of infrastructure and weak institutional capacity, humanitarian actors have warned.

South Sudan’s council of ministers, on 17 February, approved a set of austerity measures with the aim of reducing government expenditure to make up for the nationwide shut-down of oil production.

As part of the measures, there will be a 50% reduction of non-salary spending and the elimination of unconditional grants to state governments. However, the defence and security spending, which accounts for over 40% of the budget will, in addition to those of health, education and physical infrastructure, remain unaffected.

The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), in its weekly bulletin, says the loss of export revenues from oil as a result of the "self-imposed" austerity measures, could add to an already complicated humanitarian situation.

At least 98 percent of South Sudan’s annual budget is supported by revenues from oil, raising fears of what could result from the shutdown, which emanated after disagreements with North Sudan over transit fees.

This year, nearly 4.7 million people, according to a joint assessment conducted by UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) could experience food insecurity. Of the 4.7 million around one million could be severely affected, according to the report.

“The potential for macro-economic shocks from the loss of oil revenues makes worst-case scenarios appear more likely,” UNOCHA said in the statement.

Meanwhile South Sudan has been selected by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) to test the implementation of the planned new trans-formative agenda for humanitarian coordination; an initiative that seeks to improve the current humanitarian response model.

If it proves a success, South Sudan, according to UNOCHA, could serve as a mechanism to deploy strong, experienced senior humanitarian leadership from the outset of a major crisis; strengthening leadership capacities and rapid deployment at various levels; improved strategic planning at the country level; enhanced accountability of the humanitarian coordinator and members of the humanitarian country team.

Also, IASC organisations, will prior to an emergency, strive towards increasing mutual understanding among civil society, national and international response systems. Additional efforts are also expected in developing local response capacities with the support of international humanitarian organisations, to ensure that life-saving assistance can be delivered when needed.

WAVE OF DISPLACEMENTS

As the government prepares to begin voluntary disarmament in Jonglei state next month, humanitarian agencies have expressed concerns over the plight of an estimated 140,000 people affected by inter-communal clashes in the state.

Peacekeeping joint monitoring teams, comprising of South Sudan’s army and police along with representatives from the Dinka, Lou Nuer and Murle communities will oversee the process, which will closely be monitored by the UN Mission in South Sudan.

The humanitarian community, it says, also continued to respond to emergencies in other parts of the country, including the displacement of around 110,000 people from Abyei and the need to accommodate over 100,000 refugees from fighting in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, in Sudan.

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  • 27 February 2012 10:06, by manyang mawech

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  • 27 February 2012 13:04, by Sean Parry

    What’s the point to publish news like this?

    You guy don’t even care about your own people, and it’s always us, the foreigner to work our ass off to waive debts, provide aid to stop you people from starving to death!

    Plus so called refugee stay in our country enjoy the social benefits.

    Can u do something to spare us or the entire international community? THX

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    • 28 February 2012 02:36, by Marolditapei

      BAPINY,
      JUST COME TO JUBA BROTHER AND LEAVE TONG LUAL AYAT ALONE. JUST TELL THOSE OF ABEL ALIER, LUAL ACHUEK AND ALL THOSE WHO REFUSE TO SHOW UP FOR AMNESTY. JUST LAY GUNS DOWN AND JOIN THE AMNESTY AND YOU WILL NOT BE SUBJECTED TO ANY TORTURE. I HOPE YOU WILL GET READY FOR NEGOTIATING A POLITICAL SETTLEMENT FOR YOUR GROUP WITH OUR PRESIDENT SALVA. OUR PRESIDENT SALVA IS A MAN OF BETTER UNDERSTAND

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      • 28 February 2012 02:37, by Marolditapei

        BAPINY,
        OUR PRESIDENT SALVA IS A PERSON OF BETTER UNDERSTANDING AS HIS CHARACTER TELLS. HE IS A PERSON WHO CAN DISCUSS WITH ANY ONE AND REACH A PEACEFUL SETTLEMENT. I KNOW THAT YOU HAVE NO ANY PERSONAL REASON TO BE IN THE BUSH BECAUSE MOST OF YOUR WRITING ARE ABOUT DENOUNCING CORRUPTION. CORRUPTION IS RAMPANT AND IT IS ALMOST OVER ALL THE CONTINENT. BUT SALVA IS WORKING HARD ON IT.

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        • 28 February 2012 02:39, by Marolditapei

          BAPINY,
          SALVA IS THE BEST. ACTUALLY THE FORMER IS THE WORST WHILE THE CURRENT IS THE BEST. UNLIKE THE FORMER OR THE WORST ONE, THE CURRENT IS THE BEST AS HIS CALIBRE CAN TELL AND HE DOESN’T UNDERESTIMATE ANY ONE FOR THEIR AGE OR SENIORITY. ACTUALLY BOTH DR. RIEK AND THE CURRENT INCUMBENT ARE THE BEST IF TO BE REALISTIC WITH YOU WHILE THE WORST FORMER AND TABAN ARE THE WORST. I HOPE YOU SENSE WHAT

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          • 28 February 2012 02:40, by Marolditapei

            BAPINY,
            I HOPE YOU SENSE WHAT I MEAN. WE ARE ALL ONE MAN. I AM A NATIVE OF RENK FROM DINKA NGOK BUT I DON’T SUPPORT ATHOR ALSO BECAUSE HE IS FROM ATAR OR KHORFLUS BUT I ONLY SUPPORT THE CURRENT INCUMBENT AND DR.RIEK BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT LIKE THE WORST FORMER AND TABAN

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            • 28 February 2012 02:48, by Marolditapei

              BAPINY,
              SEE YOU IN JUBA NEXT WEEK. DON’T LUAL TONG AYAT. I KNOW HIM PERSONALLY. HE ALWAYS WANT TO BE GIVEN TOP LEADERSHIP. THE INCUMBENT IS BETTER THAN THE FORMER AND HIS TABAN BROTHER. SEE YOU IN JUBA NEXT WEEK THEN. YOUR GOING TO JUBA WILL BE APPRECIATED BROTHER.

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