To: Heads of UN Agencies and Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and concerned International Partners.
Subject: Declaration of hunger and food crisis in Collo Kingdom
April 18, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —- Many people and concerned humanitarian organizations around the world might have heard about the serious hunger situation in different parts of South Sudan. Due to lack of transparency and being ashame of its own failures which are the real causes of hunger, food crisis and no development but rampant corruption in the young country, the government of South Sudan doesn’t have the courage to declare hunger and food crisis that is affecting its population currently. Collo Community Council in Khartoum out of concern for human lives and the untold suffering of the people of South Sudan woud like to confirm that the hunger situation is a reality as evidenced by the mass exodus of ordinary citizens from North Bahr El Ghazal to Sudan. The number of people affected by hunger is unknown for the simple reason that the government in Juba doesn’t care although people are actually dying. As it will be seen later the government itself is a contributing factor in the hunger situation in Collo Kingdom.
Who on earth would have thought that a country such as South Sudan would experience food shortages? Many parts of this young country and especially Collo kingdom boost tremendous food production potential for both local consumption and export. There are vast and highly fertile lands, with huge quantity of water from the River Nile and rain. This adds to the immense number of livestock and the unexploited petroleum and other mineral resources. Fish is a further untapped food item. Unfortunately, all these potentials cannot be realized to benefit the citizens due to armed conflict and instability. It is rightly stated that peace and stability are key for reconstruction and development. The people of South Sudan are suffering, starving and even dying amid abundance due to conflict and war. The current hunger and food crisis in Collo kingdom are attributed to the following:
1) Displacement of Collo Civilian population from their land due to war and conflict imposed on them by the Government of Salva Kiir in December 2013. Consequently,many residents of Collo kingdom were forced to run away from their land and went to the UNMISS Camps for protection as safe havens in Malakal, while some people went to neighbouring Sudan to take refuge in refugee camps in White Nile and South Kordofan. Some came to Khartoum and other towns where they are living on their own under difficult conditions. As a result of this huge displacement ,the land which used to be cultivated to provide its inhabitants with food security was left uncultivated with exception of limited areas cultivated by a small number of civilians who remained in hiding near their villages and some relatively safe places such as Wau Shilluk, Tonga and Kodok . Unfortunately, those vulnerable people are not in apposition to produce enough food for their own consumption due to insecurity caused by the frequent aerial and missile bombardment of their villages and the above-mentioned centers.
2) Lack of agricultural inputs ( seeds and tools).The years 2014 and 2015 witnessed little food crop cultivation in many villages and areas in Collo kingdom on the western bank of the White Nile because the small number of the vulnerable people who had remained in their villages could not cultivate large crop areas due to lack of seeds and agricultural tools. Those poor people had to barter and exchange their animals (sheep/goat) for the smuggled grains from the neighbouring Sudan in order to get small quantities of seeds for cultivation.
3) Adverse weather condition and its impact on crop cultivation and food security in the Collo Kingdom during agricultural season 2015/2016. Although, the people who remained in their respective villages and those who were in the relatively safe centers like Wau Shilluk, Panyikang counties, Fashoda and Manyo tried very hard to cultivate food crops in agricultural season 2015/2016, unfortunately, there was a huge crop failure ranging from 90 -100 % in many places due to drought which destroyed the crops before harvesting. So the agricultural season, 2015 and 2016 was a very bad season resulting in the hunger and food crisis that have already started in the whole Collo kingdom.
As a result, we the Collo Community Council is appealing to UN Agencies ,NGOs and International Humanitarian Partners to urgently intervene to rescue the vulnerable civilian population in the Collo kingdom from this hunger and food crisis through the provision of the following :
- Relief, and Emergency food Aid general distribution (WFP, NGOS and Partners).
- Agricultural Inputs( Seeds & Tools), Fishing nets, Livestock drugs and vaccinations (FAO, NGOs and Partners)
- Shelters and Education Materials,( UNICEF, UNHCR and NGOs)
- Health Services,( medicines and drugs) ICRC,MSF,UNICEF, and others)
Last, but not least, Collo Community Council would like to express its sincere gratitude and appreciation to all the UN Agencies, NGOs and International Humanitarian partners for the valuable life-saving support they have been providing under difficult conditions of conflict and war to our people. We urge you to continue your support to our needy and vulnerable people in Wau Shilluk, Tonga, Kodok and other areas in Collo Kingdom ,as well as in UNMISS protection camps in Malakal. The Council alsourge you to help all the needy communities in South Sudan especially those which the government in Juba is reluctant to support. Like wise, we would like to express our gratitude and thanks to UN agencies and NGOs who are delivering humanitarian services to our vulnerable people in the White Nile and South Kordofan states of neighbouring Sudan.
Samson Oyay Awin, Chairman of Collo Community Council, Khartoum
CC: World Food Programme
CC: World Vision
CC: Food for Hungry
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