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Famine-hit South Sudan Sharply Raises Foreigners' Work Fees

Saturday, 04 March 2017 12:38 PM

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — South Sudan has sharply increased the cost required for foreigners to work in the country — from roughly $100 to up to $10,000 — just days after famine was declared there.

Even before the fee hike, the government had been repeatedly accused of restricting humanitarian aid access during the country's three-year civil war.

The Ministry of Labor raised work permit fees to anywhere from $10,000 to $1,000 depending on skill level, according to a memorandum dated Thursday.

Minister of Information Michael Makuei told The Associated Press on Saturday that the fee hikes apply only to foreigners and are aimed at increasing government revenue.

South Sudan's government and the United Nations late last month declared a famine in two counties of the East African nation, saying about 100,000 people are at risk.

Shortly after the famine was declared, President Salva Kiir again said his government would ensure "unimpeded access" for all aid organizations.

Previous promises have had little effect. Some in Kiir's government have expressed hostility toward the international community, accusing it of meddling in the country's affairs. Minister of Cabinet Affairs Martin Lomuro recently told the AP that "most of the (humanitarian) agencies are here to spy on the government."

On Friday, the U.N. said in a statement that humanitarian agencies recently were told to evacuate the famine-stricken town of Mayendit.

The U.N. secretary-general has been among those accusing South Sudan's government of restricting aid access during the civil war, which has killed tens of thousands and forced more than 1.5 million people to flee the country.

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