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.

Residents of Mayendit County Call for Aid Assistant

Thousands of Mayiandit County residents affected by massive flooding in mid-July, in Unity State, are calling for urgent humanitarian assistance. 

The humanitarian organization, Samaritan’s purse, said over a hundred thousand households registered this month were so starving of hunger.

In the first week of August, over 800 households with a total of 1,900 individuals were reportedly displaced in Northern County. According to the County Relief and Rehabilitation Commission, the areas affected include Pantoot, Maper and Thakker Payams.  

Flood victims described natural catastrophe as an “outrage disaster” that had triggered extreme starvation to people who were living on the streets without shelters. Water engulfed the whole area. Dhorbuoni, Dhorthier, Dhorgapni, and Maal Kuer were the most affected in the Southern part of Mayiandit.

One of the IDPS Pieny Jiek Jany said the flooding was caused heavy rain since June, and it has not yet stopped. All Payams were affected. He explained community had built some deterrence dykes, but the water ran out of control. 

Landslide overflowing was reportedly have affected infertile crops and animals. According to the resident, those affected include elderly persons, and people with disabilities are living on the main road without shelter. Some occupied the church and school facilities. 

Sarah Nyawuok Bol is a resident whose children surviving with fish as their daily meal. She said the majority of people don’t have fishing materials. 

“The worse things which were suffering, especially widowers whose husbands killed, blind people and people with disability when you saw them on the road, you can felt so sad.”

Snakes’ bite

Twelve people were bitten by snakes in the county headquarter alone. And two people died due to insufficient medication. 

It is not the first time people were dying each year due to snakes’ bite in the county. Medicine Saint Frontiers or MSF-Holland operating in Leer County, has admitted 50 patients of snakes’ bits in the first and second week of August. 

NGO says snake bite is a neglected public health issue in many tropical and subtropical countries. About 5.4 million snake bites occur each year, resulting in 1.8 to 2.7 million cases of poisoning. Around 81 000 to 138 000 people die each year because of snake bites.

Humanitarians’ intervention              

NGO Samaritan’s purse conducted an assessment last week. A massive number of unspecified people were affected. And are daring need of aid assistants such as food, shelter, and medical supplies. Samaritan’s purse and Universal Intervention and Development Organization are two organizations that were providing aid assistant in Mayiandit County. Samaritan’s purse staff who talk in a condition of anonymity explained that the situation needs immediate intervention. 

In 2019 The World Food Program said nearly a million of South Sudan’s 11 million people have been affected by devastating floods and are in urgent need of life-saving assistance. This year president Kiir declared a state of emergency in Upper Nile and the Jonglei States.

 

SSPDF accused of denying humanitarian access in Tonj

Women and children in Tonj East fetch water from a borehole after the 2013 conflict. Photo credit: Africa digital color.

South Sudan People Defence Forces [SSPDF] has been accused of denying humanitarian aid to reach the affected families in Tonj East County, Warrap State.

Local authority in the area said the army stopped mosquito nets meant to be distribute in Tonj’s Ngab Agok area.

Executive Director in Tonj East, Mabior Adeel Akol said many people were displaced during the recent clashes that he could not specify the figures.

Adeel is appealing for the humanitarian support to be offered to the IDPs. The support needed includes shelter materials and food items.

“The organization which supposed to distribute mosquito net was denied in Thiet area to enter Tonj East. And they returned after the army stop them to enter the area” He said

South Sudan People Defence Force –SSPDF’s spokesman, said the allegations cannot be verified until communication established with field commanders.

” I was unable to establish communication with field commanders to confirm what happened. And therefore will update you once get information”, Lul said.

The recent fighting between soldiers and armed civilians in Warrap State left 127 people dead, and others wounded.

Flood continues to displaced thousands of residents in Bor.

Lek-yaak residential area in Bor – credited: MINGAKAMAN FM

Some residents left homeless and forced to camp at Bor town’s streets as flooding increases in the area.

Citizens described situations as alarming, and they called for immediate humanitarian interventions to rescue people affected.

Residents said most families took refuge at school compounds, Churches, and the open high grounds.

Much flooding in Bor town has forced thousands of citizens out of their houses after torrential downpour broke dyke on Tuesday.

Pictures of villages along with River Nile and Marol market circulated on social media show the entire town has been affected.

They said the flooding would overrun the entire town if the government and agencies fail to respond quickly to repair the broken dyke in the next few hours.

“Kids are being placed in a floating plastic sheet to float on the water, and if it rains at night and we don’t have enough plastic sheets, how bad would it be to us.

“This is what confuses us! If the government and the Partners have said today that they are not able to fix this broken part of the dyke then, they supposed to tell us to see our to do,”-” It’s coming from all the direction from Pawau, and it’s crossing the town, it’s all over-where do we go?.”—” And insecurity in another issue, we supposed to take our people to the old cattle camps, but where is the security. Now it’s hard to find where to cook only for the kids. It’s flooded all together.”-” We will be together to provide the food, we may try our best to protect our people this night, but how about what to eat, where do we get them” residents said.

The relief organization – RRC Director Gabriel Deng promised that agencies are preparing to start a verification assessment that would determine the urgent needs.

Deng explained that the water flows from two significant directors of the town, Eastern and the bank of the Nile.

“My message to Bor town is that the humanitarian community and the government stand in solidarity with you at this challenging moment, and we believe everything is going to be sorted out. So we urge everyone to bear with us, we will respond as time allows. Deng stated”

Gabriel adds, his office has requested the UNMISS field office in Bor to fix the broken part of the dyke, which pours much water to the town.

Bor town lies closer to the bank of River Nile in Jonglei state, and it gets flooded every year due to its flat.