According to reliable sources, it has been reported that China has donated 1,700 tonnes of rice to South Sudan as part of efforts to help the world’s youngest nation that is facing a humanitarian crisis. During the ceremony for the donation held in the capital Juba, the Chinese Ambassador to South Sudan Ma Qiang informed that China was concerned with the deteriorating humanitarian situation in South Sudan. In this regard, rice is the first phase of Chinese donation agreed upon by the two governments in July 2015 as stated by Ma Qiang.
Furthermore, in this regard, the medical aid from China is also due in Juba soon, which is to be given to the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission, an agency of the South Sudanese government, according to the ambassador. It was also narrated that South Sudan is suffering a food shortage due to poor crop production, with UN agencies putting the cereal deficit this year in the country at 381,000 tonnes, up 53 percent from a year earlier. It has been noted that humanitarian efforts in South Sudan have been largely halted since civil conflict began in December 2013 when President SalvaKiir fell out with his former deputy RiekMachar, who later formed a rebel force.
During the ceremony for donation, Ma also revealed that China would continue to support South Sudan in solving some of the challenges it faces. Further, the South Sudan’s Humanitarian Affairs Minister Mr Awut Deng Achuil, expressed gratitude for the Chinese aid. He also said that this support will surely save life and alleviate the suffering of our people and the government and the China will not be forgotten by the people of South Sudan. Recently, a report has also been issued by UN agencies warning that food insecurity has spread to areas previously considered to be “relatively stable” in South Sudan with food prices soaring.