Over 8,000 people displaced in Tonj

Warrap State Governor Aleu Ayieny Aleu meeting with members of Humanitarian organizations in his office

By Ngor Deng Matem

Authorities in Warrap State said more than eight thousand people had been displaced from their homes in the State’s Tonj North County following the bloody cattle-related clashes in Rualbet area that took scores of lives including army officers.

People fled their homes for safety after the fighting between armed youths and SSPDF tasked to conduct disarmament of illegal firearms intensified leading to heavy casualties.

The office of Warrap State Governor in a statement released to the media requested, humanitarian organizations to intervene with assistance to save lives.

The statement was released after the representatives of Humanitarian Organizations which included World Food Programme (WPF), UN Food and Agricultural Organization (UNFAO), WHO, CCM, TOCH met the Governor.

“The partners expressed their willingness to pay humanitarian visit to the area to provide basic assistance and other complimentary needs such as fishing tools, vegetable seeds, vaccination and treatment of livestock”  Governor Aleu Ayieny’s office stated in statement to the media.

Governor Aleu Ayieny Aleu appreciated the partners and encouraged them to initiate long lasting programs such as establishment of vocational centres and offer capacity building trainings to the youth to reduce redundancy.

Recently, a high-level national security Committee headed by the Chief of Defense Forces of the South Sudan People’s Defense (SSPDF) Gen. Santino Deng Wol accompanied by other senior security officers visited Tonj as part of improving security situation following the chaotic clashes that claimed many lives including that of senior army officers.

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