PAGERI – A source from South Sudan who choose not to be named reported today that yesterday the SPLM forces under Salva Kiir Mayardit had engaged in a looting spree. With the economic downturn and the sharp rise in dollar, the depreciating pound is not doing any better. Such situation has caused numerous issues including robbery, looting and forceful taking away of civilians’ properties by the unpaid soldiers in the government controlled areas.
David Battala, a resident of Pageri, told our correspondence that “I am very surprised to see soldiers looting civilians’ properties while they supposed to protect them from criminals instead.” Over the past year when the dollar began to rise against the pound, there was low tension as south Sudanese were not seeing such situation forthcoming. Now, the situation has become real, and many soldiers have started either to desert the army or involve in banditry in order for them to support themselves and their hungry families.
South Sudan has been affected deeply with less chances of regaining its economic stability. More and more civil servants have witnessed the same situation. The recent strike by the judges and justices is one of them; however, more strikes are on the way as hungry people could not be kept in their houses for long. Stay tune!
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