South Sudan Accuses Donors for Not Supporting Peace

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South Sudan’s government has accused international donors of failing to support the nation’s peace process.

South Sudan is facing economic crisis after more than two years of civil war and strained relations with neighbouring Sudan. To make matters worse, donors are said to be losing patience with the country’s failed peace protest.

 

Respect your promises

In a press conference held in Juba on Tuesday, information minister Michael Makuei called on the international community to honour its promises. He blames slow progress in South Sudan’s peace process on a “lack of resources,” suggesting donors need to do more.

“Those who made their promises up to this moment have not come forth,” he told reporters. “Our friends and partners [donors] should abide by and respect their promises.”

Earlier this month a group of donors reportedly threatened to starve the country of funds if it failed to revoke the 28 state decree. The nation’s accused by South Sudan’s government quickly denied the claims. However, tensions between the country and international donors is nothing new.

 

South Sudan’s fund problems

South Sudan’s lack of funds poses a genuine threat to progress in the country. Makuei isn’t the first government official to point the finger at international donors for neglecting their commitments. Last week, South Sudan’s charge d’affaires in Kenya voiced similar concerns:

“Our international partners are not forthcoming with their pledges for financial assistance,” he told the press.”We are trying to harness our internal resources from taxes and Customs duties to meet some of the obligations but they are either limited or not enough to implement all the

“We are trying to harness our internal resources from taxes and Customs duties to meet some of the obligations but they are either limited or not enough to implement all the programmes.”

 

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By USAID Africa BureauA young girl hangs the South Sudan flag, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21460264

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.