Flood displaces nine hundred twenty households in Warrap

Boma Administrator in Gogrial West say 920 households are in dire need of basic commodities in Warrap state

The rainwater which started early this month has caused major flooding in the village and displaced thousands of residents at Agal in Gogrial West county.

James Agoth Awar is the Boma administrator for Agal village in Gogrial West. He says the two need assessments have been conducted and nine hundred and 20 households were registered.

Agoth said the county commissioner had also visited the area to assess the situation on the ground with several NGOs such as the World Vision.

He said up to now it is going almost a month since those people were displaced and aid agencies are yet to act, and the situation is worsening daily.

He said the people are staying under trees, and there is an urgent need of food, shelter, and medicines.

Some of the those affected spokes to Mayardit FM, and they described the conditions they are in and many said to have lost all their belonging, most of their properties destroyed, including crops which they had planted.

Nyanut Athoui, one of the residents at Agal village says, she is surviving on the firewood which she collects and sell in the market to buy few cups of maize floor to feed her children.

Alim Chol a mother of 7 children a family of nine members said that the flood has destroyed her farm.

She said that they are not hoping for new harvest, because their maize, sorghum and sesame are all destroyed by water.

The director of the state relief and rehabilitation commission (RRC) in Warrap, Gabriel Anyar says his office is engaging with aid agencies on emergency response to help those affected.

He said they have formed committees based on clusters, so that each cluster will be able addressed the needs such as food cluster, health cluster and others.

Anyar said he is hoping the agencies will respond this week on how they will help those affected by the flood.

Government imposes a night curfew in Torit

Eastern Equatoria state government has imposed a night curfew in Torit town following a youth group known as Monyomiji threatening NGOs to leave the area. The curfew will effect on Thursday from 7 PM -6 AM until the situation returns to normal.

The youth protested on Wednesday, demanding fair recruit at NGOs and UN jobs. The youth group gives the agencies 72 hours to evacuate counties of Torit, Ikwoto, and lofan.

Minister of Information in Eastern Equatoria State Patrick Oting Cyprian said the curfew imposed protects further violent action that might arise during the demonstrations. He stated that forces are deploying at residential areas to stop people from gathering.

“We have everything on standby, ready to counter whatever the question they are putting on their banners. So, we started by banning the gathering and the parties and all meetings. We have police moving around the town at night during the curfew.” Oting said.

The Civil Society Network in Eastern Equatoria has appealed to the Monye-miji in greater Torit to revoke their decisions.

Mr. Charles Okullu said the humanitarian is playing a vital role in supporting vulnerable populations at the state.

Mr. Okullu asks the Monye-miji to give the Civil Society a chance to conduct inclusive dialogue with the parties involved.

“Our appeal to the Monye-miji now number one if they could give a chance for us to help conduct a kind of dialogue and the dialogue should be inclusive, He said.

On Monday, the Vice President of the youth cluster Rebecca Nyandeng was in torit to address the monyomiji grievances on employment with NGOs.

Two aid workers kills in Lakes state

Police in Lakes state have reported the killing of two aid workers after humanitarian convey ambushed on Monday.

Authority says the unknown gunmen also injured two other women who were on Board.

The decreases work for international NGO Doctors with Africa (CUAM)

This is the second incident on aid workers within weeks following the killing of medical workers in Unity State.

According to the report, the staff members for an INGO were killed while traveling with a security escort on their way back from the fieldwork in Yirol West County.

Police Commissioner in Yirol, Brigadier Taban Lueth, says his department investigates the matter to identify the suspects who carried the attack.

 “We tried our best to reach the scene yesterday, and there is no identification made to help the police trace the suspects. They shoot people in the vehicles while in the bush and immediately left the scene. That is what we got from the people who were injured”.

Lakes state’s ministry of health has condemned the killing and called the incident a devilish act against aid workers.

Dr. Jacob Akuochpiir Achuoth is the minister of health in Lakes state. He says they will work closely with law enforcement authorities to investigate and hold those involved to account.

He said the two staff were on duty delivering nutrition supplies to the far west Payam of Yirol West County.

Akuochpiir conveys his deepest condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of the workers and entire people of lakes for this loss.

Police called for calm and urged the health personnel working in lakes to follow safety precautions.

Doctors with Africa (CUAM) in Yirol do not yet comment on the matter.

Last week, six aid workers from South Sudan Red Cross were reportedly assaulted, forcing the branch to suspend its activities in Eastern Equatoria.

IRC suspends its activities in Ganyiel, Unity State

International Rescue Committee has temporarily suspended its operation in Ganyiel Payam of Panyijiar County following the death of its medical staff Dr. Louis Edward Saleh, who was murdered by an unknown group last week.

An anonymous murder of Dr. Louis in Southern Unity received broader condemnation from the UN, youth, civil society, and government.

IRC County Director Caroline Sekyewa issued a public statement pausing her organization activities Ganyiel area, Panuijiar county. The organization says the decision is in line with global safety and security protocols that require their attention to undertake a thorough risk assessment on severe such incidents.

Some members of Panyjiar county concern that IRC’s suspension of its operation will have a severe negative impact on the lives of vulnerable people in need of medical attention.

Sekyewa justified that reason her organization stopped operation is to honor our beloved deceased colleague. And for the sake of psychological well-being, both friends in Unity state and other South Sudanese were traumatized by his untimely death.

Caroline stressed that can’t continue with business as usual without first understanding the situation and re-orienting staff bout the working environment. IRC draw some lesson to ensure that such an incident will not happen again.

The organization says its staff’s safety comes first and urges the national authority to expedite their investigation to determine the organization’s next step on service delivery.

“We will cooperate with authorities as they carry out their investigation.”

UN humanitarians Coordinator in South Sudan, Alain Noudéhou, condemns the brutal killing of an aid worker in Panyijiar County, which he said was a “horrific” attack against humanitarian.

UN, Doctors’ Union, and youth condemn the killing of Dr. Louis

The UN humanitarians Coordinator in South Sudan, Alain Noudéhou, strongly condemns the brutal killing of an aid worker in Panyijiar County, describes it as a “horrific” attack against humanitarian.

Noudéhou says a humanitarian’s convoy, including an ambulance, was also attacked in a separate incident on the same day, a few kilometers away, in Koch county, Unity State.

 “I am appalled by this horrific news of another act of violence against humanitarians in South Sudan. The South Sudanese Doctor working for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) was killed inside a health facility in Ganyliel Payam. Almost at the same time, an IRC’s convoy, including an ambulance, carrying 10 aid workers was shot by unknown gunmen Koch,” said Mr. Noudéhou.

South Sudan Doctor’s Union and Youth of Panyijiar County have called for immediate accountability about the death of Dr. Louis Edward Saleh, working International Rescue Committee in Ganyiel Payam. 

According to numerous sources, Dr. Louis was reportedly murdered on Friday by an unknown group in Panyijiar headquarter. The cause of his death remained uncertain. 

Doctor’s Union was saddened criminal murdering of a medical facility saving lives in the remote village. They petitioned for speedy accountability of the culprit.

The medical fraternity was so disappointed in the state authority’s silence over an incident, which they said attitude ignored the repeated call for protection of health workers. 

Doctors were frustrated by brutal incidents. Allies claimed, “they will not tolerate violence against health workers at your watch.”

“SSDU will consult with all doctors, NGOs, and authorities on options to boycott or withdraw from any State or community that shows hostility towards medical professionals and to agree on new terms and conditions for deployment of health personnel to provide services at community levels.” Doctors stated. 

Diaspora group called Panyijiar Professional Association (PAPA) said they were deeply dismayed by the unfortunate death of a humanitarian worker who had been “treating and resuscitating the lives” of our vulnerable populace in this challenging time.

Youth who signed the statement include Kujiek Ruot Kuajien, Mwalimu Gabriel Mut Giel, Gat-kier Machar Tholpi, and Dak Buoth Riek-Gaak. 

They said on behalf of Panyijiar Professionals and workers in all fields. “We send our heartfelt condolences to his Family, Friends, Colleagues in IRC, and Panyijiar County as a whole.” 

“His passing is a profound loss to not only his family but also to the Panyijiar health sector and the globe, especially during this tough COVID-19 pandemic times.”

“We strongly urge the authorities in Panyijiar and Ganyliel in particular to investigate the circumstances surrounding the sudden death of this medical Doctor. Doing so appropriately will bar the associated guilt and ghost that might trouble Panyijiar in future and ultimately provide meaning to the deserved legacy of Dr. Louis.”

Panyijiar County Commissioner William Gatgiek Mabior said investigations underway, and govt will reveal the fact-finding triggered his death.

According to the UN, at least two aid workers were killed in South Sudan in 2021 and another nine in 2020. A total of 126 humanitarians, mostly South Sudanese, have lost their lives while providing critical assistance to people across the country since the conflict broke out in late 2013.

U.S. condemned the attacked on humanitarian workers in Ruweng

The U.S. Embassy to South Sudan has condemned violent attacks of humanitarian staff in Jam Jang of Ruweng administrative area.

An organized youth group was said to have stormed the humanitarian workers’ compound last Sunday, robbing and beating several staff that sustained severe injuries.

It is not clear why some youth launched an attack against aid workers. But several reports indicated that the youth demands NGOs employment and want non residents of JamJam to vacate their posts.

According to the Embassy, the humanitarian workers attacked were South Sudanese who are providing life-saving assistance to the country’s most vulnerable communities. The U.S. said acts of violence are unacceptable and must stop.

“We call on authorities at all levels to ensure accountability by arresting those responsible and to guarantee the safety and security of humanitarian workers who are committed to helping the people of South Sudan.  We also call on all South Sudanese to condemn those individuals who carried out this attack.”

We acknowledge the critical need for better employment and economic opportunities across South Sudan, particularly young people.

The United States said they remain fully committed to providing humanitarian assistance to the South Sudanese people.

We call on other donors and the South Sudanese government to work with the international community to support the humanitarian response in South Sudan.

In April 24th, youth groups stormed into the compound where humanitarian workers residing, staff were threatened and some are beaten.

5 abducted children and women are freed in Jonglei state.

Authorities in Jonglei state say they have handed over three children and two women to Pibor Administration for reunion after they were freed by abductors.
Official says the children and women being released were abducted by unknown group in Jonglei state last year.

Hon. Tuong Majok is the deputy governor of Jonglei state. He said the government is committed to engage local communities in tracing and safely return of those abducted from Pibor Administrative area.

Majok said the handing over of 5 people is part of government initiative to end the prolong conflict, of child abductions and cattle raid between the two communities.

He described the continued abductions of children and cattle raiding between the two communities as a disaster. Tuong said that maintaining peace in the region will be a continuous process which he said is not one day action.

The three children and two women are now in the care of Save the Children to help trace and facilitate the reunion with their families in Pibor.

Mr. Zewede Legess is the Save the Children’s child protection specialist. He said they welcome the state government effort to free children and women that were abducted.

He said they are in good health, but kids are malnourished. Adding that they are going to give supplementary feeding while tracing their families before the reunification.

“Today, we are witnessing the arrival of three children and two women, we are working with the government ministers and other partners to reunify this children back to their families safely and the community”. Said Legess.

Last month, Pibor Administration reported to handed over 43 people to Jonglei state, but the process is yet to begin.

The two communities of Murle and Bor have experienced hostility, of cattle raid revenge killing, and children abduction.

Refugees from Kakuma doubt peace in South Sudan

South Sudanese refugees in the Kakuma camp were shocked and panic with the Kenya government’s announcement to close the base giving only two weeks for the UN to implement the plan.

The UN refugee agency issued a statement this week confirmed the notification over the planned closure of Kakuma, Kalobeyei, and Dadaab refugee camps. The closure of the camps came due to fear of national security threats, the Kenya government stated.

The refugees expressed mixed reactions. Some doubted that South Sudan’s government did not fully implement the revitalized agreement to give hope for their returns.

Others urge the Kenyan government to reverse the decision-cited situation in their home’s countries not safe for repatriation.

Singaita FM in Kapoeta spokes to the camp chairperson, Sabina Achola, who said refugees have the right to seek safety

“It depends on the country’s situation. If the situation of our country becomes okay, then UNHCR will do that repatriation. Still, the situation South Sudan is in now, South Sudanese they will not be given repatriation because the country is not yet well”.

Another South Sudanese refugee is Emilio Moi, described the news as “abrupt closure and shock.”

He said South Sudanese want to hear free movement with total silencing of guns and economic stability. 

People were happy to come back to South Sudan but not completely happy because situation not okay in our country. We want the government to provide education for our children. We need to realize that the government is implementing peace to gives us hopes of returning.” 

South Sudan peace deal signed in 2018 detailed the needs for reconstruction and repatriation of refugees includes internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Awerial barred jobs advertisement without stamp

The Labor office in Awerial County has barred all organization jobs advertisement without labor office approval stamps. The local authority issued an official notification to improve the local recruitment policy.

Areas of cooperation needed include recruitment of local workers, job advertisement, and verification of contracting candidates. The humanitarian agencies were asked to cooperate with policy and collaborate with authorities during the staff recruitment process.

According to the letter circulated on March 11th, the inspector of labor and public service in Awerial Mawut Deng Mabor Ariith warned that no job should be advertised without the labor office’s legal signature.

Public service barred unapproved advertisement after Norwegian People Aid (NPA) posted vacancies for agriculture extension workers without their notes. The county authority sees the decision as unconstitutional.

Mawut says his office is tasked to monitor and see NGOs’ work plan and gives them approval.

“All NGOs that are here in Mingkaman are supposed to come to my office for approval and see what kind of work they are going to do so that we see it if it is something that will be allowed or not. It also includes people who are going to do it.

This is the work of the labor, but they have never come to my office. That is why I wrote that letter to aware them that there is labor in the county and give them the sense to go to my office and see how best we can work together,” the inspector directed.

The project officer for Norwegian People’s Aid, Dut Guet Kom, admitted the fault. He says his organization was not aware of the Labor office presence in the county. They only seek approval of their advert from the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission office.

“It is a surprise to see that letter. We were not even aware of the labor office. We posted an advert before bearing the stamp of the RRC because the Labor office in Juba was delaying the work of extension. After all, it was so urgent. We decide to seek approval from the RRC, and when it comes to recruitment, we have our policies. We don’t go back to labor to seek the consent of those we selected for the job.

The labor act 2017 gives inspectors powers to investigate complaints received by the Labour Inspectorate from employees or Employers. Any legal instrument, collective agreement, or arbitration award shall be handled under the law regarding matters regulated by this Actor.

Aweil: Nearly 30 street children put in rehabilitation center

A National NGO known as Community empowerment and Peace Building Organization has put nearly 29 street children in Northern Bahr El Ghazal at Aweil rehabilitation center. The center is located within Aweil town.

CEPBO launched the center two months ago mainly to support vulnerable children living on the streets.

The Project Officer Mr. Daniel Kabango said the aim to reform and educates children on streets. The organization stated that they have selected the youngest children who have no place to sleep.

” We have a small number that is sleeping here because we realized they are in different categories. Some children don’t have any family members, so we have prioritized them and made sleep here at the center. Still, there are those on the streets but have family members, so we tell them to go and sleep at home because accommodation is limited, but they come very early. We give them services here at the center like feeding, counseling, and treatment.” Kabango said.

Mr. Kabango enlightened the organization intended to establish a street children center that will host all the street children in NBG but insufficient funds have limited their plan.

The streets children who are under project services confirmed they are accommodated in new rehabilitation center. “We are no longer facing any challenge like mosquito nets and sleeping items”.

“Since we came here, no one thinks of the market again, and what we used to do at the market we have stopped them like sniffing petrol, and we are now happy that we eat good food, before when you steal you will receive a beating, so we are happy now.”

Some other children said the center end their roaming at the market looking for leftover food from public.

“I went to the streets of the market because I lacked basic needs, but I will thank God for touching the heart of this organization, which is helping and taking care of us. And one of the street girls said they are hoping to join schools through the national organization support”

“I was being brought to this center. We are receiving clothes, feeding, and counseling, so it is perfect now, and we are now delighted. We used to sleep on the floor, but now we have blankets, mattresses, and mosquito nets, and we are waiting to enroll in school once school reopens.”

The new established area accommodates both boys and girls who have been living on the street of Aweil town. The NGO promised to expand it once funds avail.