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Jonglei residents warned against selling relief food

Author : | Published: Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Caretaker Governor of Jonglei State has warned residents against selling food items distributed to them by humanitarian agencies.

John Kong says the items are being sold in the market in the town.

He warned that humanitarian agencies may end their support if the recipients continue to sell relief items such as flour, lentils, and oil in the market.

“Lorries come from Twic East full of sorghum of UN and some store here are full of sorghum being sold to traders,” Mr Kong told Eye Radio. “If UN bans its relief food, the innocent civilians will suffer.”

A humanitarian agency has confirmed the sale of food items.

Francis Gaciru is a project officer for Smile Again Africa Development Organization, a national humanitarian group dealing with youth poverty.

“We have tried to look for measures, we are trying to see if we can get project, a project to try and compliment because

“These beneficiaries say the reason why they sell food is to buy other things like onions and other ingredients,” Mr Gaciru confirmed.

“So we are trying to see if we can get project to complement this relief food that we give them so that to reduce selling of relief food.”

Most civilians in Jonglei, who returned from Lakes State where they had sought refuge during 2014 violence in the state, receive food rations from various humanitarian groups and UN agencies.

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