South Sudan is moving forward with a law that would limit the number of foreigners aid agencies can bring into the country, a move relief groups say could have "catastrophic effects" on humanitarian efforts there, the Thomson Reuters Foundation reports.
The measure, approved by lawmakers last week and awaiting President Salva Kiir's signature, requires charities to limit foreign employees to one-fifth of their in-country staff, including at the senior level.
"All the countries in the world have the policy of employing the local citizens. For NGOs that come to South Sudan there must be provisions ... for local citizens," presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny said. South Sudan NGO Forum, an umbrella group of more than 300 organizations, said the measure could hinder their operations in the world's newest state, which has been plagued since late 2013 by a civil conflict that has left millions uprooted and lacking basic necessities.