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.
UN asks Governor Manytuil to present his account on Mayom extrajudicial killings”.
The United Nations has written to Governor of Unity state Joseph Manytuil to respond to a Panel’s report that accuses him of participating in directing executions of four rebel officers in Mayom in August this year.
Following a military operation in Sudan, four officers reporting to SSPM/A commander Stephen Buay, Gatluak Majiok, Nyuon Garang Kuol, Pur Ruop Kuol, and Dhoal Barpuoh
Tap, were handed over to South Sudanese authorities. Three of the four men were subsequently blindfolded, tied and executed by a firing squad in his presence and at the command of senior officers and government officials, in Kaikang in Unity State on 8 August, while one was tied and burned alive inside a thatched hut.
Unity state authorities confirmed to various media outlets that executed men were behind the attack at the residence of Commissioner of Mayom killing him and ten other people a few weeks earlier, and that their execution was in retaliation.
According to UN, the acts constitute violation of applicable international human rights law or international humanitarian law, or acts that constitute human rights abuses, in South Sudan.
The UN Pan says following the extrajudicial killings, several civilians were targeted, threatened, and harassed in operations carried out within the Bentiu Internally Displaced Persons camp, with the victims warned that criticism of Governor Manytuil and his State Government would not be tolerated.
“The Panel would like to make sure its reporting is informed by all perspectives. We would be grateful if you could confirm and clarify the circumstances around these specific incidents. We would also be grateful for any additional clarification or comment you may wish to offer on these
findings”, added the letter.
The Panel have requested Joseph Manytuil to response in writing by 18, November before publishing of the report early December 2022.
South Sudan, UN sign development cooperation framework
The Government of South Sudan on Wednesday signed the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) to move the country from humanitarian to development assistance.
The UNSDCF is a framework comprehensively detailing the UN Country Teams’ collective effort to contribute to national development priorities in South Sudan for the period 2023-2025. It was developed through a detailed consultation process that included the government line ministries, private sector, civil society, academia, research institutions, women, and youth, among others.
Speaking during the signing ceremony in Juba, Nicolas Haysom, the head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said the sustainable cooperation framework details the commitment of UN agencies in terms of programs across peace, humanitarian, and development dimensions.
“It is in line with the national development strategy and the revitalized peace agreement and comes at a time when there is a new momentum following the adoption of the roadmap and the focus on our efforts to help build durable peace at local and national levels,” Haysom said.
The UNMISS chief urged the government to invest in peace for development as the country has vast natural resources.
“South Sudan has huge development and economic potential in agriculture, livestock, renewable energy, tourism, wildlife, trade, mining, water, culture,” he said. “It is essential that the government which has now defined a dual pathway to peace and prosperity firstly, through the roadmap and secondly, the development strategy concentrate efforts towards sustainable peace and development.”
Cabinet Affairs Minister Dr. Martin Elia Lomuro and Finance Minister Dier Tong Ngor signed the framework on behalf of the government while Sarah Beysolow Nyanti, The UN Resident Coordinator signed on behalf of the UN.
The signing was witnessed by President Salva Kiir Mayardit who said the framework would relieve him from being blamed for being unaccountable.
“All of you will be my witnesses should there be any shortfall about what we agree on and this relieves me from all the accusations because the NGO community pushes everything to the government and say that billions of dollars have been paid to South Sudan but they are not seen,” President Kiir said. “Now there will be accountability and none of us will jump out of it. If you get one dollar you will account for it, if you get 10 dollars you will account. We as a government will account for whatever will be given to us but not what has been given to some individuals.”
Meanwhile, the UN’s Sarah Beysolow Nyanti said the government and the UN should work collaboratively.
“We need to work together to pursue development in the youngest republic on the continent,” she said. “This is the vision of today, the spirit with which we came and I am very grateful to the government for its commitment.”
Over half of Gogrial East County devastated by floods
The Warrap State government has announced that Gogrial East County has been hard hit by the ongoing floods in the state.
“This is the comprehensive report of flood damage in Warrap state 2022. The rains started heavily in the mid of July and increased in August, rising waters to high levels causing massive displacement of humans and animals and the loss of livestock and agriculture production” William Wol Mayom, Warrap state information minister told Radio Tamazuj Monday.
Wol added that report was compiled by the state Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC) and humanitarian partners in the state.
“As per the assessment, Gogrial East county is leading in terms of flood damage it has recorded as highest as 56% and this percentage is drawn from 90,324 affected population and this is in 15,054 households. The county has a projected population of 137,256 as of the 2008-2022 statistical estimate,” he explained.
Minister Wol said 133,584 people were affected in Gogrial West county, 108,000 people were affected in Tonj North, 23,766 people were affected in Tonj South, 19,380 people were affected in Tonj East and 38,134 people from Twic county were affected by the floods.
The minister said the national and state governments have responded by mobilizing food aid for the affected households but the process of delivering the aid has been hampered by poor road networks.
According to the National Bureau of Statistics, about 34 percent of the population of Warrap State, an equivalent of 415,156 people were affected and are in dire need of food and non-food items.
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