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Pibor markets run out of basic food commodities

Authors: Emmanuel J Akile | Chany Ninrew | Published: Friday, March 25, 2022

A market in Pibor Town. Photo credit: Curtesy

Authorities in Greater Pibor Administrative Area are calling for urgent humanitarian assistance as insecurity lays roads inaccessible for flow of food commodities there.

The area Minister of Information said traders there have run out of stock and cannot access the market in Juba for fear of their lives.

Jay Adingora also said insecurity along the main roads leading to the area has hampered humanitarian agencies from supplying food aid to the locals.

He attributes the insecurity to armed youth along the roads.

“Most of the organizations especially WFP which are supposed to bring in the food from Juba did not deliver up to now because of the fact that the road of Bor is blocked”, Jay Andigora told Eye Radio on Friday.

He stated that, traders there have been cut from importing from the capital for nearly three months now.

“Most of the traders did not actually bring commodities from Juba this year”, Mr. Andigora added.

In October last year, the UN office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs evacuated over 70 humanitarian workers from Pibor following attack threats from the area youth.

The local youth had demanded that at least 30 humanitarian personnel – whom they believed had occupied their positions – leave the area within 72 hours.

They also demanded 80 percent employment in local and international organizations.

But with an intervention by the state government, the youth agreed to the unconditional return of the non-governmental organizations.

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