UN and Africa: focus on South Sudan

Civilians seek refuge at UNMISS. UN File Photo/Rolla Hinedi

Thousands of South Sudanese fleeing insecurity arrive in Malakal

Thousands of people fleeing violence and food insecurity in South Sudan have recently arrived at the UN's Protection of Civilians site in Malakal, according to the UN mission in the country, UNMISS. The site was built to protect around 18,000 people, but UNMISS says 46,000 individuals are now living within its walls. Nearly 20 months of conflict between the president and former vice-president have created immense humanitarian needs across the youngest African nation. Stephanie Coutrix spoke on the line with Ariane Quentier, the UNMISS Spokesperson, and began by asking her what’s behind this new influx of internally displaced people.

 

The price of locally produced grains has dropped in South Sudan. File Photo: World Bank/Simone D. McCourtie

Inflation erodes consumer purchasing power in South Sudan

Inflation fueled by the high price of imported commodities in South Sudan is eating away at consumer purchasing power in the war-torn nation. That’s according to Kennedy Nanga, an economic and specialist in South Sudan’s markets. Mr Nanga said the price of locally produced grains like sorghum and maize has dropped due to an early harvest in the Great Equatoria region. But the country is not able to produce enough food and must rely on expensive imports from Uganda and Sudan. He’s been speaking to Sebit William about how the situation is affecting the nation.

 

Female journalists participating on a workshop in South Sudan. Photo: UNESCO/Lydia Gachungi

Photo exhibit tells stories of South Sudan 

The struggles and triumphs of ordinary people in South Sudan have been displayed in a photo exhibit in Juba supported by the UN cultural agency, UNESCO. Twenty young journalists from the African country showcased pictures they took after completing a two-week photojournalism workshop on how to report on conflicts in a sensitive way. South Sudan continues to face upheaval as government forces battle rebels. During the exhibition, the trainees were given an opportunity to share the stories behind their photos. David Lukan reports from the nation's capital, Juba.

Presenter: Joshua Mmali
Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
Duration: 10'00″

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