From left, First Vice President of South Sudan Riek Machar, President Salva Kiir and Second Vice President James Wani Igga shake hands after the formation of the new Cabinet in Juba on April 29, 2016. AFP PHOTO | ALBERT GONZALEZ FARRAN
South Sudan faces escalating unrest as workers down their tools demanding salary arrears. Civil servants have gone for four months without pay, prompting strikes involving judges, doctors, teachers, lawyers and university lecturers.
Concerns continue to rise after a soldier in New Site, three kilometers north Juba, killed himself after his children died of hunger. The soldier had not been paid for months.
Some 2.8 million people — nearly 25 per cent of the country’s population — remain in urgent need of food assistance.