South Sudan: President declares state of emergency in four states
South Sudan President Salva Kirr has declared a three-month state of emergency in four states across the country.
Government spokesman and information minister, Michael Makuei, announced the president’s decision on Tuesday, following months of clashes in the four states. Makuei said the army will be given powers to stop fighting in the areas and confirmed citizen’s rights will be suspended.
Four states of emergency
The state of emergency applies to President Salva Kiir’s home state, Gogrial, as well as the surrounding areas of Tonji, Wau and Aweil East. Dozens of people have been killed in recent months during clashes in Gogrial, according to local reports.
Dozens were also killed in Wau earlier this year, according to local residents, during clashes between government troops and rebel forces. Eight thousand people are estimated to have been displaced by recent violence in Wau as insecurity continues to rattle South Sudan.
Ethnic clashes in South Sudan
Most of the headlines surrounding South Sudan’s civil conflict revolve around the capital, Juba. However, ethnic clashes are becoming increasingly common in more remote parts of the country. The clashes force a growing number of people to feel their homes and contribute to the country’s food security crisis.
South Sudan was experiencing famine until last month and millions still face starvation in the war-torn country. Upo declaring famine in the world’s youngest nation, the UN insisted the country’s food shortage has nothing to do with drought or natural disaster; it’s “a man-made catastrophe” caused by war and economic collapse.
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