As the world's youngest nation turns five today there is little to smile about in the country which is struggling to recover from two years of civil war that displaced more than 1/4 of its citizens and left more than 10,000 dead.The South Sudanese #Government has chosen not to celebrate their independence day, citing lack of funds. However, the country's President Salva Kiir will still address the nation.
Growing fears that the country could slide back to civil war.
Despite the existence of a peace deal that was signed in August 2015, the country is yet to achieve peace as fighting has been reported in several parts of the country. More than 88,000 people have been displaced ever since fighting broke out in the Northern town of Wau in June. There have also been fears of lack of trust between President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar's forces. On Thursday, five soldiers allied to President Kiir were killed after they clashed with soldiers loyal to Machar in the Gudele neighborhood of Juba which was a hot spot for ethnic cleansing during the civil war. The incident has raised fears among residents in the country’s capital Juba with both parties calling for calm.
Hyperinflation and a looming famine.
Ever since civil war broke out in 2013, prices of local and imported commodities have been steadily spiraling out of control. Inflation is at almost 300% and the currency has flopped by 90% in 2016. Despite being #Africa's third largest oil producer, civil war has forced the country to decelerate the country’s oil production, which has in turn slashed revenues for the government. A report released by the Integrated Food and Security Phase Classification early this month warned that the country was on the brink of famine as ¾ of the country’s population is food insecure.
South Sudan since 2011.
The country voted to secede from Sudan in a referendum in 2011 after more than 20 years of civil war. All was well for the world's newest country until civil war broke out in December 2013. This was after months of tension fueled by the sacking of Vice President Machar by president Kiir amid accusations that Machar was planning to overthrow the president. A peace agreement signed in August 2013 has not been of much help as more than ¼ of the country's population lives in refugee camps.