Yei, 01 May, 2020 / 2:19 am (ACI Africa).
South Sudanese are worried about dying of hunger more than COVID-19 infections, a Bishop in the countries has told ACI Africa, expressing concerns over lockdown directives issued by the government.
In an interview with ACI Africa on Wednesday, April 29, South Sudan’s Bishop of Yei, Erkolano Lodu Tombe called the attention of the government and non-governmental organizations to the fact that citizens not infected with the virus “may still die of hunger” during the lockdown.
“Hunger is everywhere; even when there is no coronavirus, there is hunger, and ours is a chronic hunger, we know it just too well,” said Bishop Tombe.
“The current lockdown situation is already becoming a problem to people who can’t go about their business looking for something to eat. Even before coronavirus comes to take their lives, they will starve unless the government and other organizations of goodwill step in to help,” Bishop Tombe said, noting that it is not the first time that his pastoral region suffered from hunger and insecurity.
Additionally, Yei, an area located in the Southwest of the country, continues to face insecurity that has spiked up in the past few days, according to the Bishop who says he has already received written threats from an infamous group in the country.