Juba, South Sudan,
June 29, 2021 – A government delegation led by the Country’s Vice President for Youth and Gender cluster Rebecca Nyadeng Garang has urgently rushed to the Eastern Equatoria State capital to quell an imminent uprising by the youths.
According to a statement posted on Nyandeng’s official Facebook page on Monday 28th June 2021, the delegation traveled to intervene and put an end to rising tensions between the youths and the Non-Governmental Organizations in the area of Torit.
“The high-level mission, lead by H.E. the Vice President, came about as a result of an urgent issue concerning the uprising of youth in the area (and around the country) against humanitarian agencies due to what they have referred to as unfair employment policies,” the statement reads in part.
It says the delegation was able to engage the aggrieved youths as well as government officials and other stakeholders.
“The delegation, lead by the VP, was able to hear from and speak directly to representatives of the aggrieved youth, political leaders in the state and the NGOs/ UN agencies on the ground”, it said.
The delegation was welcomed to Torit by State Governor Louis Lobong and his state government with the mission to address the conflict between the youths in the area and humanitarian agencies.
The high-level delegation included the Minister of Youth & Sport, Dr. Albino Bol Dhieu, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Peter Mayen Majongdit the Minister of Environment and Forestry Josephine Napwon Cosmas, Deputy IGP Lt. Gen. James Pui Yak, representatives from the RRC as well as the acting UN Resident Director Mathew Hollingworth.
Torit has been a hotbed for violence in recent days. Last month a group of youths from Monyomiji, a community in Torit, closed the office of the South Sudan Red Cross Society.
The youths have accused the Red Cross and other Non-governmental organizations, including private companies, of unfair employment and remuneration policies that reward foreign employees at the expense of nationals.