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The UN Deputy Special Representative Applauds the Appointment of H.E. Hussein Mar Nyuot, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management

JUBA – Although the Transitional Government of National Unity has been approached with disbelieve, the congratulatory message from one of the special envoys in the Country extended to The Upper Nile Times cleared some clouds hanging in the air as to whether it is time to congratulate South Sudanese people for the formation of TGoNU.

In a special letter written to H.E. Hussein Mar Nyuot by the Deputy Special Representative to UN in South Sudan that reads “I wish to extend my warmest congratulations to you for your well-deserved appointment as Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management.  I have personally been looking forward to your appointment into this role.”

In the past, humanitarian access has been made significantly daunting by the government of Juba.  The UN personnel have been subjected to barricade and have had no access to people in need.   Also, a number of UN personnel operating in the country have witnessed sharp criticisms and as well faced expulsion due to Juba government’s suspicion of them supporting the opposition’s members instead delivering aide to civilians mostly affected by the Civil War.

On June 2, 2015, Toby Lanzer, Humanitarian Coordinator came under expulsion to leave the Republic of South Sudan, due to unsubstantiated evidence.  All was done to frustrate the humanitarian access, and to expedite inaccessibility to prolong the suffering of the Internally Displaced People inside South Sudan.  It was a deliberate punishment to the people affected by the regime in Juba with the hope that it would bring the revolt under control and that members of the IO sharply criticizing the government would stop their fate and join the government if their families are not provided food assistance.

That did not happen as planned; however, the United Nation Body has strongly come out to condemn and to allow for the reverse of the expulsion of her own personnel because it did not abide by the UN international laws.

The advent of the Compromised Peace Agreement signed on August 26, 2015, brought the golden opportunity of forming the bewildered government because it creates sense of hope and trust and allowed the rival leaders to come together for the second time after two years of carnage, which gutted through the country.

Such hope caused many to pour their congratulatory messages to appointed Ministers and that included the message recently wrote by the Deputy Special Representative to the counterpart, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, H.E. Hussein Mar Nyuot for being tasked to carry on with the banner of humanitarian works in the country.  Dr. Owusu continues to say “crucially, the humanitarian body looks forward to establishing a strong partnership with your Minister to support the delivery of humanitarian assistance.”  Such partnership may cause South Sudanese to have hope in government that is least expected to have come this far.  More news to follow, stay tune!


Philip Gual: An Upper Nile State correspondent for The Upper Nile Times. He currently resides in Malakal, Upper Nile State.