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.

Authority condemns killing of civilians in Gogrial East

The Government of Warrap State has condemned the attack on civilians that left 15 people dead and 17 others wounded last Thursday.

An armed youth from Mayom County in Unity State allegedly attacked Mangol Apuk village. The motive remains unclear.

Among those killed were women, children, and older adults. Houses and shops were also burnt to ashes during the attack.

Ring Deng Ading is the state minister of Information in Warrap State. He condemned the killing, and the government takes measures to apprehend the culprit who carries out the attack.

“Government of Warrap state call on the government of unity state to protect their civilian as the way we do in our side.”

“What will be done is to come together as we two government and sit down and see how we protect our civilian and for criminal not to involve themselves in crime. We bring pastoralist together those who have responsibility for soft consistency that make unity,” Deng said.

Mayom County Commissioner James Chuol said his forces had arrested two people behind the attack.

He promised the two government both Unity and Warrap are working to stabilized security between their border and avoided rampant attack within the neighboring states.

 

Chiefs unite to reconcile people in Twic

Local leaders of the Twic community have ended the wrangling over County headquarter row and agreed to reconcile the communities.

An acceptance of unity among community leaders appeared a vital exemplary to end antagonism and inter-communal violence.

The community feuds commenced during the creation of 32 states and the promotion of Mayen Abun as Twic state headquarters in 2015.

Misunderstanding over the state capital’s location had existed for more than five years triggering chaotic disputes. 

Some community leaders declined to accept previously created state headquarters citing uncompromised agreement among by the community.

Despite the government returned the country to ten states, making Turalei the County headquarters, loggerhead disagreement remained weaponized. Some community members refused to come to Turalei as a tit-for-tat game against those who denied the proposed new Mayen Abun headquarter.

Speaking to Mayardit FM, now, the chief has dropped such demands, prioritizing dialogue. They will organize a peace campaign in all six Payam of Twic County to work in Turalei. The community leaders didn’t mention when the peace tour will begin.

An agreement comes after the Warrap governor organized the Twic peace conference to bring the Twic people together in Kuajok town this week.

Chiefs urged the youth to accept themselves and work together for the betterment of the County.

Warrap state minister of local government Mr. Peter Paduol Mangong said peace in Twic means peace across the state.

Minister welcomed the initiative made by the Twic leaders and urged the communities to copy the move made.

Abyei reject withdrawal of Ethiopian peacekeepers

Chief in Abyei Administrative area has rejected and criticizes the Sudan call to withdraw Ethiopian troops from disputing place under the United Nations-mandated to protect civilians.

Early this week, the Sudanese minister of foreign Affairs Mariam al-Mahdi has called for the withdrawal of Ethiopian peacekeepers in the Abyei administrative area. Minister said her country demanded deployment of different force be deployed in Abyei.

Sudanese government did not specify whether they demanded Ethiopian troops withdrawal under UN mandate linked to a dispute over Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) or political tension between the two sisterly countries.

Speaking to Mayardit FM, Abyei excluded such demands. General Kuol Dim questions the Sudanese interference, saying that the UNISFA mandate was an agreement of four bodies: UN, AU, Sudan, and South Sudan.

“South Sudan and Abyei, we are seeing UNISFA is doing its work very well. The duties given to them by the UN, they have to continue doing it, although there are some challenges.”

In January this year, more than 4,000 UN peacekeepers were stationed in Abyei as part of the UN Interim Security Force for the area.

The Security Council is expected to discuss the Sudanese request during a meeting scheduled on April 26.

On November 12, 2020, the UN Security Council renewed the UNISFA mandate for six months until May 15, 2021.

One person killed and four people injured in Abyei ambush

One person has been killed and four more others injured in the Abyei road ambush.

An incident happened on Saturday between Abyei town and Amiet market road after suspected shooters ambushed a commercial vehicle.

Area Commissioner of Ameth Aguok County in the Abyei region, Mr. Nyok Deng Rou, said six suspects believed to be Messiriyia men were arrested by UNISFA security forces. It is not clear what motivated such a horrible attack.

Authority said the wife and daughter of the deceased were among the passengers wounded during the incident.

The suspects were said to be apprehended in the forest about distant 3 kilometers from the scene.

“I am urging the government of two countries, South Sudan and Sudan, to look after people who do not respect the law in Abyei. We are people of peace, and we do not want any problem to happen between us, and our neighbor’s commissioner warned.

According to the commissioner, Messiriyia peace committee members denied detained suspects involvement in road ambush.
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They promised to trace those who are behind the rampant killing.

80 people regain eye sight and 900 more missed the operation

80 people have regained sight after undergoing cataract operation in Akon, Warrap and  nine hundred more  missed the treatment.

James Madhang Wieu is the Payam Executive Director in Akon. He says eye specialists’ doctors from Egypt spent two days in the area and they manage to operate few people and majority of them missed because of limited time for the doctors.

Wieu said that they registered one thousand and thirty-six patients with eye problem that need to be operation.

The symptoms of eye cataract include shortsightedness to the older people, changes of eye color and poor sighted at night.

Cataract is ‘a medical condition in which the lens of the eye becomes progressively opaque, resulting in blurred vision’.

The governor of Warrap state, Hon. Bona Panek apologized to those who missed the eye operation. Saying that things did not go as planned but promised to try to bring them next year.

He attributed the issue to poor coordination of which transports arrangements for many patients did not reached them on time.

Some of the patients who spoke to Mayardit FM said the transport arrangement was not well coordinated and many of them were stranded at various pick up locations.

The eye operation was one of the initiative sponsored by the first lady Ayen Kiir Mayardit to provide free eye treatment to nearly thousand people from greater Bahr el Ghazal region and Abyei. Seven hundred patients were treated in Akon Payam in Warrap state.

Motorbike riders restricted from going to Amiet market

Abyei-Amiet road. Photo: Courtesy of UNISFA

Authorities in Abyei administrative area has suspended movement of motorbikes between  Amiet market and Abyei town.

Official says the reason for restricting motorcyclists, they failed to adhere to security protocal UN troops escorts for the travelers.

Martino Kiir Deng is the information officer in Abyei. He said individuals are not allowed to travel along Abyei-Amiet unless in a convoy because there are suspected criminals who used to attack vehicles and motorbike riders.

Martino urged the riders to respect the order by the Abyei security protocol.

He quotes ” My message is that people should take good care of their lives because this is the season where criminals attack travelers. There are always unknown gunmen that disturb people.

He further explained that it is good to drive in a group with the convoy. This is the situation where UNISFA’s troops accompany travelers. And so I repeat that motorbike riders are warned not to escape to walk alone. Please follow the set rules or you will face consequences if you are found, ‘’ Martino stated.

In response, some motorbike riders say UN troops should be stationed along the road instead of moving in convoy. They appealed to the Abyei administration and the UN Interim Security force for Abyei to increase the number of peacekeepers.

Mr. Madhal Mabior from Turalei Market said that the price of goods increases when the convoy arrived in Amiet. Madhal said they always find it cheaper to buy goods at affordable prices when it is morning hours.

” according to me, to respect the so-called protocol can affect my work because going to Amiet market early in the morning is good because prices of goods get lower and when the convoy arrived, the prices shoot up. The convoy also delays up to 8:30 AM and going to Amiet needs early hours, ‘’ A Boda Boda man who deals in fuel told Mayardit FM.

Mr. Malek Deng who sells mixed goods welcomes the idea but the government’s inability to arrest the suspects who attack the travelers.

He urged that the soldiers should be put in suspected places permanently instead of guarding for few hours which is the only convoy,’’ Boda Boda man said.

Disabled Student asks for a wheelchair assistant

A twenty-six-year-old disabled student in Twic County at Doctor Justine Secondary school asked well-wishers for wheelchair assistance.

December 3rd,  marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDP) The day commemorated in many part of the country to reflects a growing understanding that disability is part of the human condition.

Several NGOs calls the Government to avail jobs for persons with disabilities,  end discrimination and stigmatization.

The disabled student Ajak Atem Kol Ajak spokes to Mayardit FM in Turalei, Warrap State. He said his legs got paralyzed when he was two years old.

The student said his situation is critical that needs immediate intervention. Ajak conveyed his message during the international day of people with disabilities.

Mr. Ajak claimed that he always crawled for more than twenty-five minutes from home to school. And he was often optimistic about getting help from organizations that supporting people with disabilities.

According to him, some NGOs initially promised him a wheelchair assistant, but nothing materializes.

“I want to be a doctor to help others toppled me was polio disease according to the symptoms my mother used to tell me. I become like this when Ibecamewo years old. My father died in 2017, and immediately, my uncle took responsibility for my school.”

It is difficult for my parents to buy a wheelchair because of limited resources. I have five other siblings, and I am an ender in the family. Additionally, my father is not and responsibilities shoulder at my mother.'”

The communication officer for South Sudan Red Cross in Warrap state, Mr. Tong Alfonse, said his organization always helps people with disabilities with a wheelchair and artificial legs.

He appealed to people with disabilities to register at a nearby Red Cross office for support.

“You can go to the office in Kwajok. You will register and send it to Wau, where you will be given. This is because the Wau office is where the machine for cutting your size is. So, your presence is vital. They need to know whether it is the right leg or left with the problem, for example. You can get them in a day or after two days because it is cut in your presence. They also need to screen you to know which one fits you.”

Based on global estimates of 15% of the world’s population living with disabilities, South Sudan is estimated to have more than 1.2 million people with disabilities. Some wounded during the decades of war.

Over 300 stranded vehicles in Tonj recovered from the trap site

More than three hundred commercial vehicles have been stranded for three months in Tonj counties have managed to make their way out from the damaged site . The roads connecting states to the national capital Juba were affected by devastating flooding.

The Government said it had repaired the road connecting Western Bahr el Ghazal, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Warrap, and the Unity States.

Road was rehabilitated by the South Sudanese company known as Rhino Star. It has been an usual calls, residents in Warrap state demanded the Government to addressed poor road connection.

Public drivers whose vehicles trapped have confirmed that their vehicles are stranded for long have started moving to their final destination. Six cars were confirmed to reach their endpoints.

Drivers were seen smiling and appreciating the Government for repairing roads despite their unprecedented long-term suffering on the trapped site. Some residents applauded the State government initiative for retrieving the stuck vehicles.

“We spent three months since we left Juba only to be helped today. So, it is only thanks and happiness that we are mentioning. And we pray to God to keep the road working”, one of the drivers celebrated.

Another Driver who declined to be named said his vehicle was hired to transport goods and services from Uganda to Wau but temporarily stranded.

“Since the road is opened, we hope it wouldn’t stop again, and now it is a blessing. We now have our water, and the route is accessible. I am happy with the Government. Can you imagine the governor came to the affected area; it is a commitment from him”.

“The executive director has never stopped coming. He has been with us. So, some of the vehicles are already out, drivers are stressed.

Its Field Officer, Mr. Gai Chuti Garang, said the Government had contracted them to repair holes on the road connecting Wau and Tonj towns.

“It is a repair of the road from where we are to Rumbek because it is where the three states of Bhar Ghazel are connected. However, what we are doing here started in Wau called Kuajina because it was damage. Our target is to make goods coming from Uganda and other places reachable to the people. So, this is what we are doing” said Gai.

Two weeks ago, people in Tonj South mobilized themselves to fix the damaged road, but the plan was impossible due to thick flooding in the area.

Tonj Residents called the government to improves Security and Roads

The local community in the Tonj area, Warrap State, has the concern of insecurity and poor road connection, which they describe as “challenge.”

The Residents spokes out during the visit of Governor to the area on Friday.

There have been several reports of inter-communal violence triggered by cattle rustling in Tonj. In August this year, the government has suspended the disarmament process due to clashes between the armed youth and the soldiers.

People in Tonj south reiterates demand to improve road and security. Residents also demand accountability and justice for the victim of inter-communal violence.

“Tonj area has spent many months without the judge in the area. This is because of the conflict in the area. So, we are expecting the government to come with a positive result about the judge.”

“There is much chaos in Tonj like insecurity, lack of medicine, flooding, conflict with the neighbors and others, and we are expecting the governor to address all of these issues including opening up the roads in the areas.”

The community urges the government to deploy security forces that can prevent the conflict.

Warrap state governor conducts peace rally in Tonj South on Friday as part of his peace tour to the counties urging the public to promote peaceful coexistent.

Governor Bona Panek and his accompanying delegation meet local leaders such as chiefs, youth, and women representatives.

Panek assured the people of Tonj that security and road maintenance is his government’s top priority.

He warned the communities to stop engaging in communal violence rather than dialogue.

“We have already started the renovation of roads connecting counties, and this visit is part of inspecting roads that are damage to asses and plans how to repair them. We will direct the road companies to work on the damaged roads for easy service delivery,” He said.

This is the Governor’s fourth official tour to Tonj. The meeting is aimed at lecturing the public importance of peace within and neighboring communities.

Panek said that community leaders such as youth, chief, and women representatives have vital roles in maintaining peace to prevail.

“It is to enlighten you on the recent active road projects, security situations of the entire state, and government-led humanitarian efforts toward addressing deconstructions incurred by inhabitants of Tonj South due to the ongoing flooding” Panek stated.

Last month, Governor visited Tonj East and north counties respectively to disseminate peace.

Several fighting between different communities in Tonj has taken place since August. This resulted in the death of many people and others wounded.