Floods displaced 4,500 people in Southern Unity.

Flood dispaced Resident in Dhorbuoy, Leer County.

Massive flooding has displaced more than 4,500 people in the first week of August. Many residents in Leer, Mayiandit, and Panyijiar Counties left homeless.  Several villages, such as Dhorbuay, Pantoot, Thakker, and Pilieny Payam were affected. Unprecedented flooding has become such a difficult phase that was causing more anxiety to the state residents, according to the officials.

Local authorities in the areas said vulnerable people displaced include women, children, and the elderly. The secretary for Mayiandit County Relief and Rehabilitation Commission David Guong Tut has described the situation as a “serious catastrophe” that has destroyed unproductive crops and property. The IDPs lack food and mosquito nets.

“If you see people move into high land in jaguar because others soil is not good when water came more people are living under the tree with old plastic they make to prevent rain” he reiterated” 

Authority said the flooding does not only affected human beings, but it includes animals. Mathew Gattiek Riak, the director of animal and fisheries, revealed many cattle were suffering because of “environmental effects due to mixture of crude oil and water”. The poor living condition for cattle has become a significant obstacle. 

NGO assessment 

The humanitarians’ organization has conducted an evaluation in Dhorbuay area of Leer County on Tuesday. NGO assessment has confirmed that flooding has displaced more than 2,600 from their home.

That assessment team had led by the Universal Intervention and Development Organization. Some national NGOs include Hopes Restoration and Coalition for Humanity have participated in the assessment.

Helen Madardo is a UNIDOR county health coordinator. She says they will provide immediate assistance to the affected population. 

“They are flooding all their crop are even flooding completely we have seen most of the children are off. They don’t have a mosquito net. They don’t have shelter, and they don’t have a place completely. They are in one high land; almost some of the population are coming to Leer County side; we leave them coming in”.

She explained the situation I saw today with all different agencies, and you may see shelter need medicine and wash protection. The water is very dirty. The children were defecating into the water, where they were drinking, so people must look for it critically in a challenging situation.

IDPs expectation

Flooding has sparked severe fear among the internally displaced persons. IDPs representative Maria Nyakaong Nhial said the lack of food, shelters, mosquito nets, and medicines was the major challenge.

“We need drugs for the children, have no food, and the flooding has destroyed everything. We believe that you are going to come and assess our situation; many families have no mosquito net and plastic sheet for shelter.” 

In 2019, over 700,000 people were reportedly displaced in many parts of the country, including Jonglei, Unity, Upper Nile, Warrap, and Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Eastern, and Central Equatoria States. 

President Salva Kiir declared the State of emergency in Jonglei and Pibor administrative area on Wednesday. The community described the flood as a national disaster.  

South Sudan artists volunteer to disseminate Revitalized peace agreement.

Duop Pur Dup, Deputy Artists Union [left], John Kudusay, musician [right] at Mayardit FM studio in Turalei.

South Sudan artist union announced the plans to spread revitalized peace agreement across south Sudan. The musicians said the group would move in the ten states and administrative areas, explaining the importance of togetherness through music.

Deputy President of South Sudan Artist Union Mr. Duop Pur Duop argues that a sense of real peace would be achieved through a collective effort of all South Sudanese. Pur said there is a need to reconcile communities and put apart differences cause during the civil war in 2013.

It is a national initiative by South Sudan artist union to reconcile people in the state area. Legendary artist in the Country will be identified. Artists like John Kudusay, Emmanuel Kembe, others, and other senior musicians in the Country will be resources for the union and for the peace process to reconcile people. Duop Stated”

The artist encouraged individual musicians to organized peace concerts to restore social unity among the South Sudanese.

Another prominent musician is John Kudusay, who concern about the lack of peace in the Country. He said the nation should not be consent to government alone to fix social interactions, economic and education systems. 

Absent of peace cannon only affects one person. The absence of effect every society surrounded and, therefore, it can be an inclusive concern. All of us have to stand strong and say yes to peace and no to war. We can begin with our neighbors to have peace with and then the whole society. There are no leaders who can fight, but the supporters are the ones who fight and become the victims. And so, it is everyone’s concern to say no to support of war and yes to peace,” Kudusay said.

Kudusay appealed to everyone in the Country to begin preaching about peace, love, and unity.

Chapter five (5) of the peace agreement talks about reconciliation and healing. The Reconstituted Transitional Government of National Unity- R-TGoNU is expected to establish “Commission for Truth, Reconciliation, and Healing (CTRH) a critical part of the peace agreement the legacy of conflict and promote peace among the South Sudanese communities. This body supposed to be in place three months after the formation of the government.

Over 120 killed in clashes between soldiers and armed youth.

Armed youth in Tonj, PHOTO: Eye Radio

Death toll in the recent fighting between soldiers and armed civilians in Warrap State risen to 127 people. The army spokesman said one hundred and twenty-seven [127] people have died on both sides in Tonj East clashes.

Major General Lul Ruai is a spokesman for South Sudan people defence forces (SSPDF said among the dead were eighty-two civilians and forty-five soldiers.  

Lul also said 32 people were wounded and receiving treatment in Juba military hospital. 

However, the number of wounded people from the civilians’ side remained uncleared. 

The SSPDF said, members of disarmament forces have withdrawn to Ngap Agok to deescalate the situation.

The army official says two soldiers accused of triggering off the initial clash have been detained.

Gen Lul added that the investigation committee will be sent to Tonj in the coming days. 

“The chiefs are being urged to identify the suspects who attacked the military unit on the 8th August to ascertain the correct motive,” said Lul.

He assured the public that peaceful disarmament exercise would continue inTonj.

On Monday, multiple eyewitnesses in Tonj East County said more than thirty people had been killed when armed youth clashes with soldiers over the weekend. https://bit.ly/3fIJKhD

Traders in the Romic market also said their shops were looted during the incident. Food and non-food items are taken making it difficult for them to recover their goods. 

Some traders spokes to Mayardit FM.” These fighting has destroyed the entire market, including money, salt, mattresses, chairs, and others looted. If you come now, you wouldn’t recognize the market”. 

“Our life is no at the threat because we have nothing to eat. Even others were dressed by the locals just to cover from the cold. Some are left with nothing. Thus, we need support, “Traders said.

South Sudan army said calm had restored, and peaceful disarmament exercise will continue in Tonj.

Thirty people killed, as disarmament turn to violence in Tonj

Illegal arms collected in Tonj, PHOTO credited: UNMISS

Multiple eyewitnesses in Tonj East County said more than thirty people have been killed when armed youth clashes with soldiers over the weekend.

The incident started on Saturday between armed youth and members of the disarmament team in Romic, Tonj East county headquarters.

An eye witness said the clashes were triggered by the killing of the local chief’s son who was allegedly shot dead by soldiers carrying out the disarmament.

It is not clear what led to the soldiers to open fire on civilians but eyewitnesses who spoke to Mayardit FM said it started over the headscarf, which the soldiers want to remove by force from civilians.

The headscarf was allegedly used to identify the group of youth during the violence differently.

Some residents in Tonj spoke to Mayardit FM said twenty civilians killed and ten soldiers reported lost their lives in the clashed.

Residents accused the disarmament soldiers of torturing civilians and forceful disarmament.

We were told that the guns were to be collected by our chiefs and hand over to the soldiers, but now it is the soldiers to collect from us by force. Human rights abuses have taken place because civilians’ elbows are being tied at the back when you are found carrying guns or suspected having a gun, citizens stated.”

The State authority was not available for comment.

However, the spokesperson of South Sudan People Defense Forces -SSPDF said there were causalities during the incident but declined to reveal the figures.

Major General Lul Ruai Koang promised that army would investigate the cause of the incident and account for the perpetrators.

People who started the fighting shall be questioned, and justice shall take place over them. That death is not connected to disarmament exercise but an isolation matter. The members of the disarmament team were rescuing the situation.”

Some residents said the massive number of people, mostly women, and children displaced from their homes 

Social media users have shared pictures of people displaced in the recent violence caused by the disarmament campaign. 

However, Chiefs and local Administrators directed to collecting guns from the hands of civilians in a period of ten days until Friday next week in Lakes State.

Governor: Makur Kulang said local authorities should engage youth to obeys the directives, warned that the peaceful disarmament campaign could turn to the use of force if the civilian failed to surrender their weapons.

South Sudan People Defense Forces-SSPDF launched the disarmament exercise in Tonj North County of Warrap state and Lakes, targeting armed civilians

Use tax money to repair the damages road in the state, NGO’s representatives said.

Some of the international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) operating in Warrap state have rebuked government requests to contribute fuel for road repairs in the state.

This week state government wrote a letter which was circulated to all INGOs and NNGOs) copy of it seen by Mayardit FM in Turalei requesting them to contribute in kind fuel worth (6,400 USD) for roads repair work in the state.

Letter from Twic authority

Some of humanitarian organizations said the initiative of repairing the road is a good idea but not part of their activities and declined to offer any support.

Ms Achel Barac Atem, the head of NGO MADA. She said the renovation of the roads would help beneficiaries of food assets to get assistance on time. But she cited that her organization not working on developmental projects.

Some residents questioned the uses of personal income tax NGOs employees pay monthly to government to divert the money for road repair.

The Secretary-General of Twic government says the personal income tax generated regularly from NGOs is too little to support their development ideas.

Nyuol Kon Mawien explained that NGO workers are not many in his area.

‘’There are no many employees for the organizations working in Twic, we only receive nine thousand dollars after four months, and this work is emergency because it cannot wait more months. So what we did was a request to help. Kon said’’

Last week, Twic and Abyei authorities launched the repair of road Linking Nyindeng Ayuel with Abyei town.

A second wave of desert locust invaded some villages in Kapoeta.

Some residents in Kapoeta town have to start worrying about the second wave of desert locust seen in the area on Sunday.

Some community members said the large number of desert locust scared them, saying they might feed on all the green vegetation in their gardens.

In February, South Sudan was hit by desert locust swarm crossed from Kenya border through southern Magwi County in Eastern Equatoria. 

Local government and partners NGOs including UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported the situation to be under control.

some of the resident who to spoke to Singaita FM said the desert locust could cause poor harvest this year if nothing is done to stop the invasion.

“This thing [Locust] could bring hunger, sickness, finish grasses, and complete all the trees. The locust comes here to kapoeta; they will finish our gardens, which are almost to be harvested, we are praying God locust should not come down.”

“The government should look into the matter, where they get locust they should spread with the chemical so that they cannot finish the garden, grasses or complete all the trees” farmers reacted.

one of the officials from defunct Kapoeta state said the authority is coordinating with FAO to support South Sudan on the locust prevention 

 Kadong Merisia is a Director at the State Ministry of Agriculture. He said the government and its partners are in the ground to stop the desert locust.

” In Kapoeta yesterday of cost, the enormous locust come to Kapoeta we heard the information with the help of FAO Agriculture and food security. The task force to combat locust is that because we have facility supported by FAO, theirs emerged. That is why we manage to go and spread the locust at Nanaknak.

Mr. Merisia said the government would continue with the exercise to defeat the invaded desert locust in Eastern Equatoria.

The desert locust is a locust species, a periodically swarming, short-horned grasshopper in the family Acrididae.