News, Northern Bahr el-ghazal

Returnee woman nearly starves to death

By Hou Akot Hou

A South Sudanese woman who fled the raging war to camp at Majok-Yithiou in Aweil East County of Northern Bahr El Ghazal state battled for her life last week amid striking hunger.

Episcopal Church of South Sudan Diocese of Wanyjok Bishop, Joseph Mamer Manot revealed the sorrowful incidence of the starving returnee to No. 1 Citizen Daily Newspaper.

Bishop Mamer, who visited the returnees in Majok-Yithiou last week to acquaint himself with their situation, described the humanitarian situation as “deplorable”.

Describing the situation as “too shocking, seeing the starving woman lying on the floor”, the clergy said she was almost dying as children and the residents flanked her.

“The host said that the woman had taken days without food” he added.

According to the bishop, the woman, in her 40’s was assisted by the visiting team with available little food stuff.

Mamer is now urging authorities to visit the area and make assessment for a prompt humanitarian response to their situation.

Meanwhile, humanitarian organizations are reported to have gone to the area to do assessment but they have not yet delivered any food aid to the returnees who are currently camping at Majok-Yithiou.

Hundreds and thousands of people fleeing Sudanese conflict which erupted on April 15 are languishing in Upper Nile border b points such as Renk, among others.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir announced release of one million United States Dollars to response to the returnees and refugees in need of humanitarian assistance.

The United Nations Office for the coordination of Humanitarian affairs estimated over 32,300 people crossed into South Sudan as of last week but stressed the number could be bigger.

Other people enter through informal points without registration.

The warring parties according to reports have pledged to cease fire but news h still trickles in suggesting that bombardments still continues in key installations in Sudan.

BBC and other International Media outlets have reported that the warring parties have agreed to go for negotiations in Saudi Arabia.

It remains to be seen whether the two army generals will order their forces to cease fire as fighting still raging on.

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