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S.Sudan bans foreign workers despite looming famine

16 September 2014, 19:01

Juba - Authorities in war-torn South Sudan on Tuesday announced a ban on foreign workers, including staff with foreign aid agencies, and ordered they be replaced by locals.

There was no immediate explanation for the ban, which comes as the country is heavily dependent on foreign aid and expertise to tackle what aid agencies warn is a looming famine caused by nine months of civil war.

A government statement, published in several newspapers, ordered "all non-governmental organisations, private companies, banks, insurance companies, telecommunication companies, petroleum companies, hotels and lodges working in South Sudan to notify all the aliens working with them in all the positions to cease working as from 15th October".

Also read: S.Sudan bans all foreign workers despite looming famine

It said these positions should then be advertised so that they can be filled by "competent South Sudanese nationals", and listed roles ranging from receptionists to executive directors.

But South Sudan's Information Minister Michael Makuei told AFP the order only covered "jobs South Sudanese can do", suggesting the statement from the ministry of public service may have been misleading.

"It is not all foreigners, but for those employed in specific jobs," he said by telephone from Ethiopia, where he is taking part in peace negotiations.

Still, the minister confirmed that the positions should be filled "through the guidance of the ministry of public service," therefore giving the government control over who is appointed.

South Sudan is heavily dependent on a network of international aid groups for humanitarian assistance for more than a million people who have been internally displaced by the civil war.

The international NGO Global Witness, which campaigns to prevent natural resource-related conflict and corruption, said the order was "disturbing" and accused the government of "attempting to expel trained aid workers at a time of a grave humanitarian crisis".

"The decision demonstrates a total disregard for the lives of the 1.3 million citizens displaced by this oil-fuelled conflict," it said, adding that the government also "risks crippling the economy".

South Sudan suffers from a major shortage of skilled workers, with only around a quarter of the population being able to read and write.

Fighting broke out in the oil-rich country, the world's youngest nation, in December 2013 following a clash between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar.

The war spread rapidly across the country and has been marked by widespread human rights abuses and atrocities by both sides.


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