Thousands in need of humanitarian aid in Pibor

By Elia Joseph Loful

The Secretary General of Greater Pibor Youth Union for external affairs David Nyiro said thousands of civilians are in dire need of humanitarian assistance in parts of Greater Pibor Administrative Area.

He said many civilians who fled their homes to nearby bushes due to inter-communal violence which erupted in February and continued last month have now returned to their areas of settlements.

Speaking to Juba Monitor on phone yesterday, Nyiro called on humanitarian agencies who were operating in Greater Pibor to visit and assess the area saying the area was now accessible. 

“We are calling on humanitarian agencies as we make this statement, the organization operating in Pibor areas, that they should go there and make assessment since the area is now accessible,” Nyiro reiterated.

He added that calm has returned to the area after the fighting which intensified last month stopped barely two weeks ago.

“The areas which are in dire need of humanitarian assistance are Pibor Centre, Likwangole, Gumuruk, Maruwo hills, Labarab and even Jebel Buma. As we talk there are about 7821 persons in Labarab, Maruwo is 9000, and in Jebel Buma about 2000 households are in need of food aid.

This is the estimated figures we received last week on Friday, but we cannot estimate the rest in other areas,” the Secretary explained.

Nyiro stated that since the fighting soared most NGOs operating in the area stopped delivering service but were forced to evacuate their staff back to Juba.

He further urged the High level Committee for Jonglei headed by Vice President Dr. James Wani Igga to issue a statement on the situation of humanitarian assistant in the area. The committee was formed by President Kiir solely to investigate and end the conflict in greater Jonglei.

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