ANY BODY VISITING SOUTH SUDAN, IS IT REWARDING IT’s PEOPLE?

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 As the world watch the new nation with warnings of human rights abuse that have not seen any impact, sister countries have already rung bell of more suffering  among the people of South Sudan. Standard digital media have already said the war will hit more on the already hardly affected population. The Kenyan online is Quoted to have picked words from the nation’s top security saying violence in war-torn South Sudan is worsening, condemning a “total disregard” by battling forces for a ceasefire deal it helped broker last month. Kenya’s top defense body, the National Security Council (NSC) — which is headed by President Uhuru Kenyatta — called on all sides in the conflict to resume stalled peace efforts, warning of the “cost of inertia” if they did not return to talks, the media source continued.

To confirm this statement, Kenya’s president has already said on his Face book page that he will be in Juba as of Wednesday morning.  In Juba security is up at the airport with reason not far from the visit of the said President who seems to be concerned about the new nation whose 2005 peace deal was signed in his Country. As the whole world know at the on pick of the mid Dec conflict that erupted in Juba, the Kenyan president did not wait to fly and witness events in South Sudan and to start peace process to solve the conflict. At the ears of South Sudanese this morning and witnessed with buildup of security along the roads leading to the airport, unconfirmed statements tell that the Kenyan President is in the South Sudan capital for visit not yet known.

Earlier in the month there were media reports that the Ugandan President visited Juba but no one knew the cause of the visit and its outcome. South Sudanese always stay behind news taking the development of the media in the country. People today will either get the reasons for the visit of the Kenyan president or the media will only tell their audience that the president of Kenya Visited Juba but not what they said in their meeting with South Sudan counterparts. In my view the people of South Sudan expect any visit of any outside body to their country to return their stolen peace. Impact the local population in the new nation still do not believe that their long awaited and highly voted for country in referendum could just sleep in to war at night when they were preparing for their third Christmas in Independence.

Here you need not to wonder that before the conflict broke out the current minister of interior had already promised the people of South Sudan happy Christmas during the celebrations of the appointment of his deputy in Nyokuron Cultural center.

And is visiting of anybody to South Sudan rewarding at the current time where South Sudanese needed their peace they worked for in many ways and are still working for using many people?

Peace come we need you in our NEW NATION SOUTH SUDAN!

WORDS OF MSF IN SOUTH SUDAN ABOUT THEIR WORK, ”MEDICAL CARE UNDER FIRE IN SOUTH SUDAN”

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    MEDICAL CARE UNDER FIRE IN SOUTH SUDAN

 JUBA/AMSTERDAM/BARCELONA/NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 26, 2014 As entire towns in South  Sudan suffer devastating attacks, medical care has also come under fire, with patients shot in their beds, wards burned to the ground, medical equipment looted, and, in one case, an entire hospital destroyed, the international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) announced today.  Hundreds of thousands of people have been effectively denied life-saving assistance.

 MSF staff witnessed the gruesome aftermath of recent armed attacks and clashes in Malakal in Upper Nile State, discovering patients murdered inside the town’s Teaching Hospital. In another disturbing violation of medical structures since conflict erupted in mid-December 2013, an MSF team returned to Leer, in Unity State, and discovered the hospital thoroughly looted, burned and vandalised.  Vast parts of the town appear to have been razed to the ground.

 “Assaults on medical facilities and patients are part of a broader backdrop of brutal attacks on towns, markets and public facilities,” said Raphael Gorgeu, MSF head of mission. “These attacks show a complete lack of respect for medical care and deprive the most vulnerable of life-saving assistance just when they need it most.”

 Scenes of horror in Malakal

On February 22, MSF teams discovered at least 14 dead bodies throughout the Malakal Teaching Hospital compound, scattered among 50 to 75 patients who remained in the facility, too weak or elderly to flee for safety. Several patients showed signs they had been shot dead while lying in their beds.  Many of the hospital wards, including the therapeutic feeding center for malnourished children, had been burned, and general looting had clearly taken place throughout the hospital. MSF has evacuated several of the most severely ill patients to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) base in Malakal for treatment, 13 of whom were gunshot victims.

 “Malakal is deserted, with houses burned throughout and countless dead bodies strewn in the streets,” said Carlos Francisco, MSF’s emergency coordinator in Malakal. “I can find no words to describe the brutality in Malakal, which has left in its wake a ransacked city and a thoroughly traumatized people.”

Some of the patients MSF evacuated to the UNMISS base recounted that armed groups entered the hospital on February 19 and shot dead people who had no money or mobile phones to hand over.  Later that afternoon, armed men returned and killed patients in their beds and others who had fled to the operating theatre for safety, according to survivor testimonies. They also reportedly raped women and young girls.

 Hundreds of thousands deprived of care in Leer

Hundreds of thousands of people have been cut off from critical, lifesaving medical care after Leer Hospital was ransacked and destroyed between the final days of January and early February. 

 When MSF staff were able to assess Leer Hospital following weeks of insecurity in the area, they discovered a horrific scene of equipment and buildings reduced to ash, drug vials smashed and strewn throughout the grounds, and sterilized surgical equipment broken and discarded everywhere.  Drugs, patient beds, and other supplies were thoroughly looted.  Not a single hospital bed remains in the facility compound (see interactive guide displaying hospital destruction).

 “The people of Leer and throughout southern Unity State knew they could count upon MSF for critical medical care, and now that assurance is simply gone,” said Gorgeu.  “The trust that is essential for us to carry out our work has been shattered, and the ultimate victims are the countless people who will suffer—and likely die—for want of medical care.��

The hospital in Leer, opened 25 years ago, was the only secondary healthcare facility in the region, constituting a critical lifeline for nearly 300,000 people in the surrounding area. In 2013 alone, more than 68,000 medical consultations were carried out, nearly 400 people underwent surgical care and 2,100 children were treated for malnutrition. Since December 15, when fighting erupted in South Sudan, and up to January 15, 2014, more than 4,000 consultations were carried out and nearly 170 surgeries were performed until the forced closure in late January. 

 “Leer is now empty of civilians who have fled continued insecurity and are living in terrible conditions in the bush, too terrified to return home,” said Sarah Maynard, MSF project coordinator for Leer.  “But even if they were to come back tomorrow, or a month from now, they would return to ruins of their former home and no healthcare. This is catastrophic for the population.”

 MSF’s 240 locally-hired staff remain hidden in the bush, struggling to treat patients with rapidly dwindling supplies. The staff report they are reusing wound dressings and trying desperately to assist the displaced who have grown more ill from drinking dirty river water and from eating water lilies for lack of food. MSF is exploring every avenue to provide healthcare to the displaced and resupply its staff.

 “We must seriously consider if we can return to work in Leer Hospital,” said Gorgeu. “That will not only require significant investment of resources, but it will depend upon on unconditional respect from all parties for our medical facilities, staff, and patients, not only in southern Unity State but everywhere in the country.”

 Disturbing pattern of medical care under fire in South Sudan

The atrocities in the hospital in Malakal and the destruction of Leer Hospital take place amidst a disturbing pattern of incidents affecting medical staff, patients, and MSF-supported facilities in South Sudan:

 

       In mid-January, armed men robbed and threatened staff at the MSF compound in Malakal, leading to a temporary suspension of MSF’s medical activities in the town.

       In mid January, the MSF compound in Bentiu, capital of Unity State, was looted amidst chaotic fighting in the town, which forced MSF staff to vacate Bentiu State Hospital and leave drugs and supplies with patients and their caretakers. Thousands of people had no access to healthcare for weeks in Bentiu town.

       Patients were reportedly killed in their beds in the hospital in Bor, capital of Jonglei State, during fighting in December 2013. In early February, MSF staff visited the hospital and discovered the decomposed corpses of a mother and child dumped in the facilitys water tank.  While the hospital is today functional and well supplied, there are few patients in the wards since most of the town is empty.

 “Medical care has come under fire in South Sudan,” said Gorgeu.  “Rather than safe havens for treatment, hospitals are now targets of attack and brutality.  They are places to fear rather than trust, a complete inversion of their purpose and role.  Hundreds of thousands of people are in desperate need of shelter, food, water, and healthcare in South Sudan.  The question is, how can effective, neutral aid be provided in a climate of utter disrespect and fear?”

 MSF has been working in the region that today constitutes the Republic of South Sudan since 1983, and currently runs 17 projects in nine of the country’s ten states, with regular projects in Agok, Aweil, Bentiu, Gogrial, Maban, Malakal, Nasir, Yambio, Lankien, Yuai, Pamat, and Yida and four additional emergency operations in Juba, Awerial, Malakal, Melut, and Nimule. MSF responds to emergencies, including large-scale displacement, refugee influxes, alarming nutrition situations and peaks of disease such as measles , malaria, acute watery diarrhea and kala azar, in addition to providing basic and specialist healthcare services. MSF is also providing medical and humanitarian to refugees from South Sudan in Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia.

In the first ten weeks of the current crisis, MSF carried out 103,614 consultations (including 40,925 of children under five), 3,767 hospitalizations (including 2,282 of children under five), treated  1,393 war wounded, performed 755 major surgeries, and 2,157 deliveries. MSF currently has 333 international staff working in its projects alongside 3,330 South Sudanese staff.

The quest for peace in South Sudan and the role of youth.

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40 youths from the ten states of South Sudan and youth groups in the country on Sunday concluded a three day  youth flat form dialogue on confidence and state building workshop to create peace and unity among the youths in the conflict ridden nation.

Speaking during the closer of the meeting, the undersecretary of the National Ministry of Youth Culture and sports Peter Baptist told the youth to be together and cause unity of the new nation.

He said the world love South Sudan evidenced by the large number of world figures that attended the investment conference held in Juba last year before the 2013 mid DEC  conflict.

”Your the majority of this nation and the victims in case of events  so hold together,” he urged the youths.

The youths complained that they are not fully represented in the ongoing peace talks in Ethiopia.

They urged the Ministry to work on the body of the Youth National Union and add more female youth to the national youth crisis management.

Central Equtoria Minister of information Soba Samuel called on the youths to identify their potential in bringing peace in the new nation.

Timing bomb that will soon explode in South Sudan- Has it exploded or its a touch on the fuse

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Since the signing of the Sudan-South Sudan comprehensive peace Agreement CPA in 2005 in Kenya, and following the referendum in 2011, many people both in South Sudan and out side South Sudan have said in their analysis or verbally that there is a timing bomb that awaits explosion, then has it exploded or it is yet to go?

During the middle of December 2013, there existed crisis that hit the South Sudan capital Juba and spread quickly to almost the whole country taking many of the 10 states of South Sudan. Only few states remain to host the running population of South Sudan affected states like Jongole, Unity state, Upper Nile, central Equatoria. other states  though not hit directly by the conflict but witnessed huge number of Internally displaced persons and suffer from associated impacts as the United Nations officials  put it. Some of the people remain in UN compounds in the whole country with Juba hosting the largest numbers. Part of the South Sudan affected population crossed to the nearby countries as refuges and analyst say its impacts on those countries are yet to come out.

Here i wonder whether what had happened in South Sudan is the results of the predication that the system and nature of government with behavior of people in the country constitute timing bomb that will explode. And has it really exploded or it is a touch on the fuse and it awaits time with peace talks  going on stop start style.  Is the bomb yet to  fume  the air in the near future?