Construction materials become more expensive in Agok


Local materials (poles) in Aniet market | Credit: Chol Juac Chol | AIRS 2020

Some residents in Agok say they cannot afford building shelters because of the recent increase in the price of local building materials.
Last week, the cost of a short pole and a wooden pillar rose to 3,000 South Sudanese Pounds in Aniet market.

Nyankiir Kiir, a mother living in Agok says she is unable to build a a grass thatched house which she says costs about 100,000 South Sudan see pounds.

“I will suffer with my children during rainy season. The cost of constructing a house is too much, I can’t afford it,” says Kiir.

According to Ajak Chol, a businessman, price change is caused by increased cost of transportation. He claims that the buying price and transport combined is 1,400 South Sudanese Pounds.