May 17, 2020 (Thessherald)–In an exclusive interview with The South Sudan Herald, a concerned South Sudanese citizen has sent an open letter, urging President Salva Kiir Mayardit to form a High-Level Task Force on Hunger, saying that as the leaders focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity remains an epicentre of concern that can also lay siege to the country.
“Hunger is looming large across the country. My President Salva Kiir Mayardit, as you continue to fight against the spread of the disease, you can also establish a High-Level Task Force on Hunger,” said Akuany Agany on Saturday.
“As I speak now, one gallon [Mallow of Dura] costs 1200 ssp in Kuajok and Konyokonyo too. How can our ordinary people who earn no salaries or with salaries of 1150 ssp afford this?.”
He is not the only concerned citizen out there, as the Coronavirus continues to affect the lives of people all over the world, millions of families in South Sudan are concerned about losing their sources of income, if the situation goes out of control.
Last month, a COVID-19 patient reportedly escaped quarantine measures in an attempt to avert hunger.
There are also major concerns that the COVID-19 pandemic may coincide with the start of the lean season, a scenario that could push millions to the brink of starvation.