As supplies in Pibor marketplaces run out, many people are at danger of going hungry.
According to Pibor’s Deputy Chief Administrator, local markets in the area have run out of goods, causing commodity prices to rise.
According to John Joseph Abula, supplies have not arrived in the area for at least two weeks due to heavy rains that flooded the Pibor airstrip.
In an interview with Eye Radio yesterday, Abula stated that communities in the area have been left in need, with many people expected to starve if supplies are not restored soon.
“The communities are in need of humanitarian assistance, but there is no road that connects the Greater Pibor Administrative Area counties to Juba,” Abula explained.
“Our roads are only usable during the dry season, but due to clashes between GPAA and Baidit youth, the road connecting Juba to Pibor was blocked by Jonglei youth,” he added.
Due to road insecurity, the restive area of Pibor has relied on airlifting goods from Juba to the area since the beginning of this year.
According to the Deputy Chief Administrator, consumer prices are rising on a daily basis, with a bottle of soda costing 1,000 South Sudanese Pounds as of Wednesday, August 3, 2022.
“What little we have in the market was brought by traders who chartered planes from Juba to Pibor here, but we have gone two weeks without a plane landing on the Pibor airstrip.”
“So, we’re using air to transport water and everything from Juba, and today a soda costs SSP 1,000, and prices for other goods are rising everywhere.”
According to the World Food Programme, food insecurity in the country has reached its highest level since independence in 2011.
The situation in the country remains dire, with 8.3 million people – or 75% of the population – facing severe food insecurity.