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Over 40,000 people displaced in Lakes state need assistance

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December 26, 2013 (RUMBEK) – Authorities in South Sudan’s Lakes state want assistance provided to over 40,000 displaced people who fled fighting in neighbouring Jonglei state and settled within its territories.

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Hundreds of people displaced by fighting in Bor town, Jonglei state Decmber 21, 2013 (Photo: Larco Lomayat)

The incident came in the wake of violent clashes between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and anti-governmental forces, which started from the country’s capital, Juba on 15 December.

A number of senior politicians, mainly ex-ministers, have been detained in connection with what government says was a failed coup attempt by forces loyal to its former vice-president Riek Machar.

Phillip Kot Job, a South Sudan Relief Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC) official in the state, called upon the central government and humanitarian organisations to quickly respond to the plight of those internally displaced in Guol-yar of Awerial county.

“The situation is very critical and urgent assistance to internally displaced persons is needed”, he said Thursday.

According to Kot, people displaced from Bor, the Jonglei state capital crossed River Nile in large numbers.

“These people, most of them women and children, are now just under the trees, they have no shelters. And they are drinking water direct from the river which is contaminated”, he explained.

26 DEAD

At least 26 children, South Sudan Red Cross reported, died as people fled fighting in Bor town into Lakes state, since last week.

“Seven children drowned on Tuesday night after falling into the river during an attempted crossing from Bor to Guol-yar, a village within Awerial county of Lakes state”, David Gai Deer, Red Cross Jonglei branch director, told Sudan Tribune.

The other 19, he said, died from Diarrhea.

"They don’t have shelter because they ran away with not even an item. So they really have nothing and are facing shelter problem, food problem and medicine, which are real priorities”, he stressed.

Over 30,000 internally displaced persons, official said, are currently stationed in Guol-yar with more expected to arrive by boat from Bor.

HUMANITARIAN APPEAL

The United Nations said on Wednesday that aid agencies will need US$166 million in order to address the humanitarian needs of South Sudanese people affected by the violence of the last 10 days.

This funding would enable the UN and its humanitarian partners to provide for South Sudanese who have been newly displaced and the 200,000 Sudanese refugees who have fled from violence north of the border until March next year.

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  • 28 December 2013 06:20, by Naath Raani

    Dinkas always start war and at the same time run out of war field. Wht’s wrong with you people? If you guys know that you scare with Nuers then don’t start it. I think this time you are not going to come back. Bor now will be part of Nuers land, especially Lou Nuer. They already changed the name to "Ngudeng Bong City". Stay in peace in Lakes.

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    • 28 December 2013 06:58, by Malakal county Simon

      Shame-on Dinka community for starting a fight, and now crying for help... For your information, we the rebel have recaptured malakal from Kiir mercenaries.... Our next target is Juba, until we capture Kiir alive or dead!!!

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    • 28 December 2013 07:29, by Rommel

      Naath Raani:
      You are delusional. There will be no "Ngundeng city". The vast majority of the displaced from Bor are women and children. I recall tens of thousands of Lou Nuer civilians fleeing to Ethiopia after the Murle massacred hundreds of civilians in Akobo. What are we to make of that?

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    • 28 December 2013 08:23, by Majongdit

      Raan Naath,
      Bor fell because it was under the command of Gadet. But where is Gadet now. And why not capture Aweil, Rumbek, Gogrial, Wau and rename them Ngundeng Cities?

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  • 28 December 2013 17:23, by Naath Raani

    Rommel and Majongdit
    Wait for breaking news to come. I think you guys will smell it soon atleast u are out of the country. Why Salva Kiir brought Uganda Troops? If Dinkas are brave enough why Kiir did that? For your information idiots, Lou Nuer were massacre by Murle because they obey criminal Kiir’s order on disarment. Now mighty Nuers will kick your asses soon together with your Ugandans.

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