Leaders Launch Appeal For Immediate Food Assistance

Kapoeta North Commissioner Lokai Iko Loteyo said he could not have terms to describe the ongoing situation his county as almost all residents lack something to sustain themselves.[Waakhe Simon Wudu]

County Commissioners from the four counties of Kapoeta including their MPs have arrived in Juba to meet relevant authorities in a campaign to rescue the situation which has now claimed 11 people.

“We are coming here to raise an alarm. We need help from all the sources,” Lokai Iko, Kapoeta North County Commissioner told press at the National Ministry of Information in Juba today.

“On behalf of greater Kapoeta, we appeal to partners, private sector and the business community for assistance,” he added.

The four county Commissioners said that the year 2012 witnessed poor harvests in October affected by several factors including flooding and bad spell out on the on set of the wet season.

“Currently as we talk there is high rate of malnutrition,” he added. “A lot of people are selling animals so as to buy food which is scarce in the market.”

The National Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management Hon. Joseph Lual however, said the Ministry is sorting out the matter with aid agencies.

The hunger crisis in depicts early warning by aid agencies in South Sudan late last year that 2.3million people will be food insecure this year.

Agencies had also then stated that, internal and external conflicts have acted as some of the contributing factors to 2013 humanitarian situation and urged for sustainable solutions.  

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