RRC Staff killed in Tonj communal clashes

An armed youth in Tonj, Warrap State/ Source, unknown

An official working for Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC) in Tonj East County has condemned the killing of one of their Field Supervisors in renewed communal violence.

The RRC County Coordinator says targeting staff working for the Relief agency would hinder delivering humanitarian services to the needy people.

Michael Madhang urges conflicting communities to stop target killings and embrace peaceful coexistence with their neighbors.

On Wednesday, he made his remarks after one of their staff was shot dead in communal clashes at Malual Chum Payam in Tonj North County.

Madhang calls on the government to intervene to curb tension between the communities fighting each other.

“Fear has increased drastically among the NGOs and RRC staff because once you go out, you are killed indiscriminately. It is so bad, operations of the NGOs including other operations have come to a standstill,” said Madhang

The acting state Information Minister, Hon. Agok Ayaar Chieny says an eight-member committee has been formed to investigate the cause of the conflict. The committee will be flown to the scene soon to assess the situation.

He said the committee is expected to meet community leaders, youth, and women to discuss restoring calm.

“We want the fight to stop with the last week one because it is better to dialogue than fight. So, let stop wait till we come this week,” Agok said in an interview with Mayardit FM.

At least 36 people were reportedly killed in cattle-related raids last week between Tonj North and East Counties.

The South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC) is an agency of the Government of South Sudan. It is the operational arm of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management.

The NGO Act 2016 added additional powers to the agency to register any NGO interested in South Sudan.

 

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