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UJOSS, CEPO urge Journalists to assist the conflict affected people in Tombura

By Yiep Joseph

Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS) and Community Empowerment for Progress Organization(CEPO) has called on all the journalists to contribute in kind, especially clothes, shoes and any other necessary assistance to those affected by the conflict in Tombura.

In an Interview with Juba Monitor yesterday, the president of UJOSS Oyet Patrick Charles advised all the journalists to willingly contribute items that would be later taken to people affected by the conflict in Tombura.

He revealed that the journalists and the well-wishers were expected to give their necessary help within one week.

“Our plan to collect the materials is one week which means by next week Tuesday we shall be able to send the team of Journalists to Tombura to donate what we have collected and cover stories” Oyet said.

He added the union wouldselect few journalists from different media houses. Oyet cited that the logistical problem was on the process.

“Because of the logistical issues we are likely to take a very small number of about five to eight journalists” he added.

He revealed that because of the conflict many people were displaced and there were limited hotels making logistical aspects expensive and challenging.

He called on the journalists to remain committed in their work amidst all the challenges affecting them.

“My call to journalists is that let us remain committed to our work and the Union would remain committed in solving some of the challenges facing journalists in South Sudan” he expressed.

Oyet mentioned that the area of the visit had been witnessed conflict which caused mass displacement among the communities.

He added that the main objective of the trip for the journalists was to promote and enhance solutions journalism (an approach to news reporting focusing on response to social issues as well as looking for solutions for the problems)

On 4th of Oct 2021 UJOSS and CEPO managed to send a team of eight journalists to the flood affected people in Unity State as part of their response toward the social issues affecting citizens in the country. 

According to UN Office of the Coordination of Humanitarians Affairs (UN OCHA), the report revealed that since late June sub-national violence in Tombura County in Western Equatoria displaced nearly 80,000 people which left many people in dire needs of humanitarian assistance.

However, the President of the Republic of South Sudan formed a high-level committee to investigate the root causes of the Tombura conflict and to seek a solution and end the violence.

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