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SIX ORGANIZATIONS MARCH IN KITALE TOWN TO RAISE AWARENESS ON THE RIGHT OF REFUGEES ON WORLD REFUGEES DAY 2022.

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SOUTH SUDANESE REFUGEES MARCHING IN KITALE TOWN PHOTO TAKEN BY BIOR GARANG
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Kitale 20 June 2022 – Kitale town was brought to a standstill as Six Organizations came together in a first of its kind Pride march to bring awareness to the plight and rights of refugees to seek safety and asylum wherever they can. A South Sudanese Youth Lead Organization Sixty  Four Voice, with support from Fields of peace Organization, joined the Kenya Red cross Trans Nzoia Branch, UNHCR, Kenya Police Kitale, the Kitale Transporters association, and the Kenya Red cross Kitale Club. 

Special focus was placed on the sensitization of transporter to inform them on the importance of treating with compassion and care asylum seekers and to know asylum seekers like all human beings have rights and chief among these is the right to seek safety and asylum from prosecution or harm, these theme of targeting transporters for sensitisation were strategically arrived at since transporters are always the first contact persons with fleeing asylum seeks.

Trans-Nzoia has been for long the busiest transit site for East African refugees as the Kenya Red Cross Trans-Nzoia branch hosts the only urban asylum seeker holding and pre-processing facilitation center, the center had in the past been known for substandard conditions, few and inadequate living quarters with no gender separations, but recently with great leadership and management from the 

center county coordinator Miss Ruth Miningwo the center has gained a new lease of life and conditions improved from what they used to be. 

The Trans-Nzoia corridor has been in the past known for all the wrong reasons with a lot of asylum seekers who rarely speak the local language falling prey to unscrupulous opportunistic criminals and become the objects of mistreatment harassment and ill-treatment, many asylum seekers have been increasingly reporting, these cases, the other issue raised were the need for the local community, especially the transporters to follow the needed procedures of taking new asylum seekers to the nearest police stations for reception and reporting to the Red cross-processing centers.

World refugee day is celebrated to ring attention to the plight of refugees and asylum seekers all over the world. This year’s event was held under the theme: whoever, wherever, whenever everyone has the right to seek safety, while the procession theme was ”seeking safety is a human right”.

The day’s procession started from the Kenya Red cross offices and snaked its way through the whole town with brief stops being made in each major center to inform the public of the day with the climax being at the main bus park where speeches were delivered to the public. 

Miss Ruth Miningwo The Trans Nzoia County coordinator of Kenya Red Cross Society Said all refugees have the right to seek asylum and feel at home wherever they find themselves, she also stated the need for the local transporters to treat asylum seekers as their brothers and sisters as most arrive when they have been exposed to great traumas and abuse from their home countries, she also added that the good work the local community has been doing in helping with the red cross activities has been greatly helping in making easy their works of serving the most vulnerable in these communities,

Constable Josephine representing the Kenya police deteriorated their full support of refugees as humans who have rights like all other human beings and deserve to be protected and received with love just like all people should, she also requested the community to collaborate with the police as the police are there to protect everybody and work for the safety of all,

Mr. Bior Garang who spoke on behalf of Sixty Four voices and Field of Peace as well as representing the South Sudanese community & refugees stated the need for respecting refugees as people with rights, he also noted the need to stop the killing of children as conflicts affects children & the vulnerable most, he stated that many organizations such as the fields of peace are very concerned with the shocking facts that reveal 9 civilian deaths to every 1 combatant death, and amongst these 9 deaths most are children and as such war has become the killing of children. 

Recent Reports show that In the past decade the number of refugees in eastern Africa has nearly tripled, from 1.82 million in 2012 to almost five million today including 300,000 new refugees last year alone, however, The growth in refugee numbers has not been matched by a growth in resources, placing more strain on the local host communities which usually Leeds to negative perceptions of refugees as competitors for resources with the local communities. 

The event was brought to a close at the Kenya Red cross Trans-Nzoia center where shoes and other donated items from the local communities were shared with the asylum seekers being hosted in the center.

The event in Kitale was designed to bring to light these issues while advocating for the rights of refugees, though the Kitale event was the most significant event where urban refugees had to interact with the local host communities while  In Kalobeyei refugee settlement in northern Kenya, refugee and host communities celebrated World Refugee Day together. The different communities showed off their traditional dances. The ceremony afterward was attended by UNHCR and government officials, Goodwill Ambassador, and refugee athlete Pur Biel.

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President Kiir encourages household farmers to engage in agricultural activities to improve livelihood

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JUBA, 24th September (Office of the President) – His Excellency President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Saturday had encouraged every household farmer to engage in agricultural and other productive activities in order to collectively improve the livelihood of the people.

A statement the President made while on inspection visit to his Rice and Maize plantation farm in Luri.

President Kiir said some of the plantations like Rice and Maize at his farm are ready for harvest.

President Kiir has ventured into farming during some of his free time mostly on Weekends as an example to lead and encourage the people to engage in agricultural activities in order to collectively improve the livelihoods.

The President also appreciated those that responded to his call and are using some of their free time to engage in agriculture and other productive activities, something that he urges every individual South Sudanese to embark on during their free time.

“This is the rice plantation, some plantations ready for harvest. if every household across the Country does this, we would have sufficient food, and we would not be complaining of food shortage and hunger. I encourage every household to do something productive and innovative for themselves.” said President Salva Kiir at his farm in Luri during the inspection today.

Speaking to the Press after the field visit, the Executive Director in the Office of the President Hon. James Deng Wal said the people of South Sudan are blessed with a very fertile land that don’t need fertilisers for productivity.

Wal added that the President is encouraging every household to take up the tools and carry out farming for personal consumption.

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Thousands of displaced people need aid in Ayod

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More than 60,000 displaced people in parts of Ayod County of Jonglei State are in dire need of humanitarian assistance, local officials said.

Speaking to Radio Tamazuj on Thursday, James Chuol Jiek, Ayod County commissioner, said those families were displaced by floods and recent fighting between armed groups in Fangak and Pigi Counties.

The commissioner pointed out that most of the displaced have been living in the open and without food since arriving in parts of the county a month ago.

“60,385 people displaced by recent fighting among SPLA-IO Kit-Gwang factions in Fangak and Pigi counties are now resettled in Ayod,” Chuol said.

“10, 000 resettled in Gog, 8,085 in Pagil, 13,000 in Pajiek, 9,500 in Khorwai, Mogog 10,050, 12,000 in Wau areas respectively.”

The local official called for aid for the displaced.

“A handful of people are absorbed into the local community, but the majority are just in the open. They are really suffering without food and shelter. Also, there are thousands of our returnees who came along with the displaced”, he said.

One displaced person John Gatjuol said they are yet to receive aid after arriving in Ayod in August. He called for humanitarian intervention.

For his part, Maker Ter, the acting Ayod Relief and Rehabilitation Commission coordinator, said the situation is dire.

“The displaced are in need of humanitarian assistance after crossing to our borders. They came on foot without anything because they were fleeing war. We have been engaging our partners but there has been no response. So, we are appealing to our national government and agencies to come and see the situation for themselves,” he added.

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US embassy condemns killing of Bentiu health worker

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JUBA – The United States Embassy in Juba on Tuesday issued a statement condemning the killing, yesterday, of a local medical doctor working for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Bentiu, the capital of the oil-rich Unity State.

On Monday morning, gunmen shot dead Dr. Daniel Deng Gatluak several times before he died while inspecting health facilities at Bieh camp, a neighborhood in Bentiu town where flood-displaced residents of Unity States are seeking higher ground.

The killing, officials told Sudans Post, was connected to a sectional feud in which relatives of the slain medical doctor are suspected to have killed a man related to the assailants a few years back.

 

In the statement obtained by Thejubamirror news Desk and the US embassy condemned the killing and urged the government of South Sudan to do more in protecting humanitarian workers who are delivering much-needed assistance to millions of the country’s citizens.

“The United States Embassy strongly condemns the September 19 killing of Dr. Daniel Deng Gatluak, a World Health Organization (WHO) health worker, who was working in Bentiu, Unity State,” the embassy said in the statement extended Thejubamirror news desk.

“Far too many aid workers have been killed in South Sudan. More must be done to protect the workers who deliver valuable and life-saving services to help the South Sudanese people, including the most vulnerable people of this country,” the statement added.

It further called “on the Government of South Sudan to create a safer environment for aid and humanitarian workers, and to bring to justice perpetrators of violence. Nearly 150 aid workers have been killed in South Sudan since 2013.”

 

 

 

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