Upto 50 South Sudanese die per week due to conflict-related activities – CEPO

Upto 50 South Sudanese die per week due to conflict-related activities – CEPO
The Executive Director of Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO), Edmund Yakani. [Photo: Courtesy]

A civil society activist has claimed that upto 50 South Sudanese lose their lives due to inter-communal conflicts.

Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) Executive Director Edmund Yakani, said that 20–50 citizens are dying, every week, as a result of the ethnic conflicts taking place across the country.

He made the statement during the commemoration of World Population Day.

Yakani challenged the government to address increased cases of HIV AIDS infections.

‘‘The infections are mostly between the ages of 18 and 19, according to the recent report of the Ministry of Health,’’ he said.

“Authorities should find a solution to it as soon as possible.

Yakani also claimed that CEPO recorded 60 cases of suicide, including 40 among the youth group, ranging in age from 14 to 35.

This, he attributed to poor economic conditions resulting from harmful social customs and traditions such as early marriage.”

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