Thousands households affected in Abyei incident

Some of the displaced persons/Courtesy Photo

By Ngor Deng Matem

Authorities in Abyei Administrative Area have confirmed that ten thousand households in areas of Aneet, Agok, Juoljok, Mading Jokthiang and other surroundings have been affected by the recent violence.

Chief Administrator Kuol Diem Kuol said the people who are displaced need humanitarian rescue.

“As you are aware of what happened, this affected the people so much as three quarters of the population deserted their homes to Abyei town and Twic County. Some IDPs are now sharing homes with their relatives here in Abyei and others are under trees and in public institutions like schools but all of them face challenges of bedding such as mosquito nets, blankets, plastic sheets as well as lack of food to eat,” he said.

Since the incident that resulted to displacement, no humanitarian assistance has been rendered to the affected people, Kuol explained.

Kuol added that the office of Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC) in Abyei region, has conducted need assessments and informed the organizations to provide emergency support.

“Already some NGOs have resumed their activities in the area after they had stopped. MSF restarted the work at the hospital in Agok but only from 8 AM to 4 PM just to deal with emergency and chronic cases,” Kuol revealed.

The IDPs who fled to Twic County are camping up in Mayen Abun, Tongliet, Turalei and Majak Kol areas according to Authorities in Twic of Warrap state.

The national government has promised to form a committee to investigate Aneet crisis.

On the 10th February 2022, suspected armed men from Twic and Abyei communities clashed in Aneet town over land dispute.

More than 20 people were reportedly killed and over 30 from both sides sustained injuries according to local authorities.

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