News in the Humanosphere: South Sudan’s Horrible Decision

The country is on the brink of famine and a top minister thinks harassing foreign aid workers makes for good policy. “South Sudan’s labor minister declared Tuesday that foreigners can no longer work for international non-governmental organizations, which are moving massive amounts of humanitarian aid in a country on the brink of famine. The order, reported by a local radio station, also applies to communications companies, banks, insurance companies, oil companies and hotels. It says that foreign workers of any nationality must stop working by Oct. 15 and businesses or organizations must thereafter advertise for the vacant posts.” (BuzzFeed http://bzfd.it/1woByav) This is How Much it Will Cost to Stop Ebola…“The World Health Organization and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), released its first ever system-wide needs assessment that systematically details the financial requirements for stopping the outbreak. So how much money do humanitarian agencies need to stop ebola in its tracks? Nearly $1 billion — or $987.8 million to be precise. This includes $189 million to identify and trace people with ebola; $330 million for treatment of people with the disease; $40 million for equipment; $20 million for fuel; $2.5 million in cash incentives for healthcare workers; and $23 million for “safe and dignified burials” to prevent a key point of transmission for the virus, among other expenses. (UN Dispatch http://bit.ly/1r4xL23) The United Nations says tens of thousands of cases of enforced disappearances remain unsolved. (VOA http://bit.ly/1m8gyo6) accordions ] [/accordions]

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Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy is a New Hampshire-based reporter for Humanosphere. Before joining Humanosphere, Tom founded and edited the aid blog A View From the Cave. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, GlobalPost and Christian Science Monitor. He tweets at @viewfromthecave. Contact him at tmurphy[at]humanosphere.org.