JUBA May 3 South Sudan's government has
increased registration fees nearly six-fold for international
aid groups seeking to operate in the war-torn nation, an
official told Reuters.
Two years after emerging as an independent state, the
oil-rich country plunged into conflict in December 2013 as
rivalry between President Salva Kiir and his then-vice
president, Riek Machar, exploded into violence.
The new order will require an international non-governmental
organisation (NGO) seeking to work in South Sudan to pay $3,500
up from $600. Local groups will pay $500, up from $450.
"This is to notify all NGOs operating in the Republic of
South Sudan that the registration and licensing fees for
2017-2018 have been changed due to the increasing demand of
humanitarian needs in the country," said Deng Tong Kenjok,
registrar of NGOs at the government's Relief and Rehabilitation
The war-ravaged nation counts 130 international
non-governmental organizations and 500 local ones, including
civil society groups, Kenjok said.
South Sudan is acutely in need of aid. More than 3 million
people have fled their homes, creating Africa's biggest refugee
crisis since the Rwandan genocide in 1994.
The economy is in a tailspin, harvests are devastated by
drought and millions face famine.
Aid workers are also contending with extreme risks: a U.N.
official said last month that 82 had been killed since the civil
(Writing by Clement Uwiringiyimana; editing by Mark Trevelyan)