Clashes affected victims receive food in Jonglei

By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon

Inter-communal clashes affected victims who fled to Bor County of Jonglei State after clashes between the neighboring communities in the Greater Region have started receiving food assistance since Friday.

Last month mid, fighting broke out among neighboring Murle community and their neighboring Lou Nuer leaving many families to seek shelter and safety in the towns of Pibor, Waat and Bor respectively. 

At least over 700 vulnerable people got displaced to Anyidi payam of Bor County following the clashes last month in parts of Greater Pibor Administrative Area.

Details about the fighting remain not clear since the authorities could not confirm the exactly happening on the ground given the limited access to the scene.  

Speaking to the press yesterday in Bor Gabriel Deng Ajak, State Director for the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission said that his commission intervened on Friday after needs assessment was conducted for the victims.  

“Those IDPs currently in Anyidi area have received shelter materials and food. So I can confirm that some of their needs are settled,” he said

Mr. Ajak added that they were still conducting additional assessment to offer more humanitarian aids to the vulnerable group in the area.

“We are assessing their water, sanitation and medical needs. So far 292 people have already benefited from the last intervention. So the rest are yet to receive more aids,”Deng explained.

The State RRC Director also revealed that about 10, 000 residents of Pibor Administrative Area were in dire need of relief aids in Pibor town and they have not been responded to.

Mabior Atem Mabior, former Secretary General who is the Acting caretaker of Jonglei State said that his administration considers exploring ways of how to help the needy group on starvation.

“We are talking with Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs), local NGOs and other partners in the State to see how these people could be assisted,” he said.

Areas in parts of Greater Pibor Administrative Area and Jonglei state have been experiencing inter-communal clashes since mid-February.

The clashes between the members of the Murle community and their neighboring Lou Nuer left many families homeless.

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