Published 24th April 2021. YouTube:
In this epispode, Roger Alfred Yoron Modi hosted Kuach Pech and Zabib Musa Loro. Pech who is the Resilience Policy Advisor for the UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office in Juba, South Sudan participated in the program in his individual capacity as a humanitarian and a researcher. Zabib is the Executive Director of Islamic Development and Relief Agency, a national Non-governmental Organization. She’s also the Coordinator for South Sudan Security Sector Reform Alliance and the Deputy Chairperson of NGO Forum steering committee.
The show discussed the humanitarian situation in South Sudan, the resilience of the people, CHAPTER Three of the R-ARCSS which is about HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE AND RECONSTRUCTION, and what needs to be done as the situation worsens.
Here are excerpts from the program:
“The government should try and put the special fund for reconstruction in place [as per the R-ARCSS]. On the resilience bit of South Sudanese, I think there’s a lack of awareness on the importance of diversity. Most of the Country’s population deals with animal husbandry. And this issues of dealing with animal husbandry alone makes us to starve on the other side of food. We need to educate our population that being diverse is good. While we do the animal husbandry lets also look at the crop husbandry. “While we provide the humanitarian bit let’s incorporate peacebuilding, conflict mitigation and conflict resolution dialogue into our humanitarian work. So that when people get humanitarian support, they are also learning that peacebuilding is good, conflict resolutions is fine. If we are okay, we are in peace, we can do agriculture. So that people can start embracing living in harmony.” Zabib.
“Nobody can be resilient unless they have something to fall back onto when emergency hits. But looking at our population, from the time immemorable they have been facing shocks after shocks; even their resilience capacity is somehow eroded in a way. Because to be resilient you need to strong ties. You need access to assets. You need to have access to some other livelihoods. You must have multiple sources of income. We cannot say they are resilient when they do not have the basic elements of what resilience should look like.
“The other thing which is also in Chapter Three of the R-ARCSS is the humanitarian access and the removal of bureaucratic impediments. There are still some cases of robberies, armed attacks and revenge killings. All of these, including illegal checkpoints, really limit the ability of the humanitarian partners to deliver to the most needy communities. Those checkpoints make humanitarian supply delivery expensive and also commercial goods expensive for the citizens. So, we need to remove bureaucratic impediments and allow for humanitarian access.”
Pech The program also looked into and the possibility of the return of South Sudanese refugees to the Country amid the Kenyan government’s position to close the two camps: Kakuma and Dabaab; and more.