Mrs. Rebecca Garang de Mabior, the South Sudan Vice President and widow of South Sudan’s founder leader, Dr. John Garang has told the United Nations General Assembly that the international community abandoned their earlier commitment of supporting the Juba government.
According to Mrs Garang when civil war broke out in December 2013, the world shifted all the attention to the South Sudan citizens and humanitarian support, but has totally forgot the aspect of strengthening the state.
“However, after the outbreak of the war, that vision was abandoned, and priority was placed on protecting civilians and providing humanitarian assistance. As a result, support for capacity building of the State was terminated,” she said.
She stressed that supporting a State’s ability to govern responsibly and effectively is essential.
“It is also necessary to guard against what she called “the unintended consequences of dependency on humanitarian assistance.”
Given improvements in peace and security, she said it was now time to transition from emergency towards sustainable development.
“It is a painful and shameful situation for a country endowed with vast fertile land to be regarded as poor,” she added.
“We must ensure peace and security in the country and double our efforts to support our people who want to return, and are returning, to their areas of origin, for them to participate fully in nation-building and contribute to building food security in the country.”
A decade after gaining independence from Sudan, South Sudan is still engulfed in civil war, communal violence and half of the population depending on the humanitarian aid for basic needs. A transitional government has been formed twice and there is no sign yet of holding a general election. Members of Parliament are appointed by armed factions now in unity government and the national constitution yet to be formulated.
Mrs. Garang is however confident that the country will not slid back to the fierce civil war of 2013 to 2018.
“I want to assure our friends and partners that we are determined to never go back to war,” she said.
Adding: “We must replace the destruction of war with the productive use of our vast natural resources and national assets for the good of our people.”