News, Northern Bahr el-ghazal

Ngor urges swift action as biting hunger hit war victims

By William Madouk

Northern Bahr El Ghazal state governor, Tong Akeen Ngor, has appealed for swift humanitarian intervention at various entry points in the state as hunger stirs in the face of Sudan war victims.

Governor Ngor made this request on Friday during the delivery of ‘Emergency Relief Food and Non-food Items’ to Sudanese refugees and returnees in Kiir Adem, Aweil North County by the state government.

The items distributed included Sorghums, Maize Flours, clothes, sugar, soap, tea, utensils and other basics.

The governor called for immediate intervention of other partners to rescue the emerging crisis at reception points of Kiir Adem, Majok Yith-Thiou, Kiir Kangbek, Mayom Angok, and Jaac among others.

“The State government is trying to rescue emerging Humanitarian situations at Kiir Adem and other entering points in Northern Bahr El Ghazal State territory” Ngor said.

Mr. Ngor said that the State Government plans to relocate the refugees from reception areas to safe and secure places yet to be identified while other concerned institutions will deliver them services.

He also directed the returnees to be registered and integrated into their communities across the State.

Aweil Governor revealed that the National Government will dispatch the team to visit reception points in the State to assessing the Returnees and Refugees’ humanitarian situations.

Mr. Ngor assured war victims them that President Salva Kiir is working hard to bring back peace and stability to Sudan as assigned by the IGAD Heads of States to engage with Sudanese warring parties.

A camp in Majok Yinhthiou, Aweil East, hosting over 637 returnees is recently hit by a severe hunger.

A mother of two children was found lying on the ground at the verge of starvation after she spent three days and nights without food.

Bishop of Episcopal church of South Sudan, Wanyjok diocese, Joseph Mamer Manot, said the returnees and refugees in Majok Yinhthiou lack food, shelter and clean drinking water.

“As we arrive to the camp, we saw this woman starving and so we rescued her life by giving little thing we had,” Bishop Mamer said.

He added that no humanitarian Assistance had been provided to the returnees and refugees since their arrived in Aweil after escaping fierce fighting in Sudan,

The clergy appealed to the government, the UN agencies and Humanitarian organizations to swiftly intervene and rescue the situation.

Northern Bahr El Ghazal state spokesperson, William Anyuon Kuol reported few days ago that the government had so far received 556 refugees in Aweil North County.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, more than 30,300 returnees, Sudanese refugees and other nationals had crossed into South Sudan.

In a report, OCHA said that over 90 percent of the fleeing population enters through Joda, in Renk, Upper Nile State.


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