The closure of the Juba-Pibor road has exacerbated economic hardship, adding to the GPAA’s security challenges.
The road closures to Bor and Juba have resulted in famine and exacerbated misery in GPAA. The typical individual in Pibor is having a tough time paying their bills since the road is still blocked, which is not ideal.
Without any involvement from the administration, both state and national, the pattern has lasted for weeks, and the situation is steadily deteriorating into inter-communal violence.
Traders are unable to access highways, and essential commodities such as gasoline and sugar are becoming more expensive.
All food products that may have arrived from Juba and Bor to Pibor have been halted, as has the sale of their livestock in Anyidi and Juba. Their merchants are trapped with cash in hand. The cost of using an aircraft to transport the items there is too expensive for their dealers.
This reduces the economic prospects accessible to the community’s adolescents, forcing the majority of them to search elsewhere for survival.
Most of the teenagers in this region are upset and seeking for any way to live, and raiding is one of them, according to several. If the government fails to address the economic hardships that have arisen as a consequence of the unequal distribution of resources in the nation, particularly the recent closure of the Juba-Bor route, they will attack practically every area if precautions are not taken.
For most towns right now, it’s like there’s a fire on the mountain, and everyone is fleeing, but the government doesn’t seem to be fleeing.
The government seems to be wringing its hands and failing to provide a citizen’s most fundamental need: security.