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Over 6,000 in dire need of humanitarian support

By Kitab A Unango

Authorities in Tombura Country of Western Equatoria State are calling for urgent humanitarian support to over 6000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the county.

Natali Cosmas Dungura, Tombura County Executive Director said the IDPs were displaced by fighting between some members of Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) and government forces last week.

He said the displaced persons, who are mostly women; children and elderly were in dire humanitarian need.

“We have so far registered 5646 Internally Displaced Persons. The most affected areas are yet to be registered. They need urgent intervention including shelter, food and medicines because they are really suffering,” Cosmas said.

“Their condition is too bad. Some of them ran to the bush and others ran to the town and we as government have nothing to do to help them at the moment. We do not have anything that is why we are appealing to the well-wishers to support them urgently,” Cosmas added.

Speaking to Juba Monitor on phone from Tombura yesterday, Cosmas said the most affected villages were Nabiama. Mahku and Bangaru situated in the northern part of Tombura town.

Last week, the Director General of defunct Tombura State, Aggrey Brown Soro told Juba Monitor that two people including a policeman was killed in an attack by some indiscipline forces of SPLM-IO under the command of late Brigadier Santo Marcello Alo, later pronounced dead.

However, Cosmas said calm had returned to the town following the incident and people were resuming their normal activities in the county.

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