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.

Ivory Bank Opened New Branch in Kwajok

South Sudan’s Ivory Bank has established a new branch in Warrap’s state capital Kwajok on Thursday.

Residents are excited to see financial institutions begin to operate in the area. They said it would reduce the risk of losing money keep at home. 

The official at the bank said the institution would benefit communities in many ways, including saving their money, receiving and sending cash from one place to another. 

Ivory Bank is a commercial bank in South Sudan licensed to operate in the country. 

It was one of the earliest financial institutions opened to serve the banking needs of the people. 

Refeal Atum Daniel, the branch Manager, said that keeping money in the houses is risky and encourages traders to open an account in the bank. 

Mr. Atum outlined other benefits that the community would get, such as giving out loans to the local businesspeople to improves economic development.

Deputy Town Mayor for Administration and finance in Kwajok appreciated the bank for bringing services close to the people.

Nyaruon Buoi expressed her government’s readiness to support the bank to improve people’s living conditions. 

Some traders expressed commitment and promise to keep their money in the bank.  

Other traders said they wouldn’t travel far distances with money like Wau since the bank opened locally. 

“Since it has opened, the business community is relieved from the worries of keeping in the money in the grass thatched houses. We will now keep the money in this bank and sleep gently because keeping money in an unsafe place stresses people”. 

Ivory Bank is a commercial bank operated in South Sudan under the national banking regulator. The bank was one of the earlier financial institutions opened to serve the people’s banking needs in South Sudan.

In Warrap state, there is no banking institution since the Kenyan commercial Bank, KCB, closed in 2017. 

UN Chief opt support flood-affected families in South Sudan.

Head of United Nations Mission in South Sudan David Shearer has declared support to the floods affected people in the Bahr El Ghazal region and other parts of the Country.

Several areas are facing severe flooding this year, Jonglei, Unity, and the Lakes States.

According to the report published by UNHOCA on Oct 5, 2020, around 1.67 million people believe are internally displaced. “There has been a spike in food insecurity in Western Bahr el Ghazal due to recent severe flooding in August 2020”.

Mayardit FM [Turalei] spoked to the UN SRSG David Shearer in an inclusive interview on Thursday. He assured the public that his office would work with humanitarian agencies to support the flood-affected communities. And repair significant roads connecting the Counties in the state.

He acknowledged poor harvest this year due to flooding in some parts of the Country has caused hunger threats that make it challenging to end the malnutrition situation. 

Shearer mentioned that UN agencies include UNFOA, UNICEF, the World Food Program, and other NGOs that will take the leading role in supporting vulnerable people.

“You have flooding and the people looking for food, and with that, we have been in discussing with the world food program on how we can help these people. So, we are trying to help the areas affected. That is why we have been in discussion with the humanitarians.”

The press secretary to the governor of Warrap state, Mr. Albino Kuek, said  roads connecting the Counties will help improve insecurity, health, and others.

“When you renovate the road, it curves the security matters in all the County. It also helps reach flood-affected citizens and also helps deliver the requirements of the schools as well as medicines.”

Last year, the United States of America, former Ambassador to S-Sudan, Thomas Hushek, also assured their supports on developmental projects after conflict.

Sixteen people killed, 42 wounded in Tonj East’s fresh Fighting.

The local authority has reported that youth clashes in Tonj East County [Warrap State] have left sixteen people dead and forty two others wounded. The Fighting erupted over the weekend after 200 hundred cattle were raided by suspected youth from the Adoor community.

Police said the incident happened on Sunday in Padeet village between Luac Jang and Adoor communities’ armed youth. And only two people wounded.

Col: Maker Bath Kamich is the Police inspector in Tonj. He said the Fighting resumed on Monday morning, which leads to more casualties reported.  Mr. Bath was concerned about the absence of security forces to stop cattle stealing, leading to violence among the Tonj region communities.

“I am telling the community that stops fighting and stealing because been cattle raiding is the cause of the Fighting, so we tell them to stop, and they no understand us. Please don’t take your gun go for the raid, the owner of the cattle will leave you, which is why the Fighting started. Stealing and having guns on hand is the cause of death in the area. “He said.

Warrap state Governor Hon. Panek Biar said forces would be dispatched to the area if the fact-finding committee presents the August incident’s causes.

Multiple eyewitnesses in Tonj East County said more than thirty people had been killed when armed youth clashes with soldiers in August. The army suspended the disarmament campaign a few days later.

Biar said local authorities and traditional chief’s committee was formed to engage communities in peace before forces redeploying the forces. And calls the youth to embrace peace, stop the violence.

“Fighting cannot help the community, leave the Fighting, and starting with other things like development. People are suffering no good road, no drug in the area, because of those problems, these things are the problem people suffering, it is good to stop fright and let cooperated.” Biar stated.

Last week authorities in Tonj East reported calm returned to the area after 15 people injured in communal clashes between Luac Jang and Thiik.

Economic hardship is a major contributor to family’s break up in Warrap state

At least 11 divorced cases have been settled by a local bench court in Warrap state.  The traditional chiefs said they were motivated by the soaring economic situation in the country.

Man divorce his wife or woman decide to leave her husband, who could not fulfill her needs. 

Bench Court recorded at least 11 cases of Divorce this month in Kwajok and Turalei towns.

The chiefs said lack of resources put the marriages at risk and lead to separation.  

Paramount Chief Akok Angok is a member of Bench Court in Kuajok. He also blamed the parents for forced marriage could lead to a couple terminating their relationship. 

He calls for an amicable solution to family disputes to avoid family parting. 

“Five women take their certificate document for Divorce this month, and some of them have children. We have seen a misunderstanding in the family due to adultery and lack of money to feed the family. People should sit to resolve that problem and family stay together.”

Another local Chief is Aguek GuaK from Turalei Court. He believes lack of compromise between the couples contributed negatively to the Divorce. Guak is arguing that the two families of the bride and bridegroom suffer most to repay dowries.

He warned the youth not to put their mind on terminating their marriage to get their wealth back. 

“Divorce has risen in the community, you get people to talk about Divorce in all local court, and the reason is that people get married when they are young, and they don’t care about separating.

The chief stressed that people Divorce, and to paying back the cow is a problem. He emphasize that “people should not get married simply without studied themselves”

Currently, there is no one specific statutory law governing marriage and Divorce in South Sudan. 

The Transitional Constitution 2011 recognizes the customary laws and traditions of South Sudanese ethnic groups as governing personal matters.

Warrap: 21 wounded patients lack medication in Romic

Health authorities in Warrap State’s Romic County have reported that at least 21 patients wounded during the communal violence in Tonj East have stranded without prescription.

The hospital said it run out of drugs to treat the patients and all road cutoff to get more supply.

It calls for the government quick intervention to save the lives of those patients.

Patients wounded during the communal clashes in Luangjang, Thiik and Akok find it difficult to recover as the hospital reported a lack of drugs to treat them. Some of the patients have  broken injuries which requires proper treatment. 

The director of hospital in Romic County Mr Manyang Makuc Machiek said the facility do not have anti-biotic to help the patients.

Makuc stated that some patients had left the hospital to seek the traditional medication, which could not be advisable but no option.

“In Romic here have no possibility for them to go to Tonj South, Wau, or elsewhere because the road is impassable. Even Marial Lou is not accessible because it is in the route where the conflict erupted. So, it is a terrible situation,” He said.

Some patients spokes to Mayardit FM. They said the hospital advised them to buy drugs from a private clinic, but all were looted during the fighting.

They call on  the government to urgent intervention to safe lives that are  at risk.

There are no drugs in the hospital, which has forced some of the patients to go home and follow the traditional treatment. So, we are suffering because the entire market was looted” 

The authority has promised that the International Committee Red Cross is making arrangements to supply drugs.

Warrap State Governor- Hon: Bona Panek Biar said  the patients with serious gunshots will be flown to Juba for further medication.

But he could not mention the timeline.

”We have talked to ICRC on how they are to airlifted the patients. And this is what we are following now. ICRC is the one to airlift them, and directly they are communicating with their head office in Juba. This is because they also fear their lives. They have found that people are killed in Tonj.” Panek said.

The International Committee of the Red Cross –ICRC has expressed concern about the situation of the wounded persons left without drugs. It said discussion underway with the authority to rescue the patients.