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Jonglei displaced agree to be relocated by E. Equatoria government

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By Ijoo Bosco

January 20, 2013 (TORIT) - The Madi Community of Magwi county has refused to allocate land on a temporary basis to house some of the people displaced from the conflict in Jonglei state and other parts of the South Sudan.

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Women displaced by the fighting in Bor county hug each other in the port in Minkaman, in Awerial county, Lakes state, in South Sudan, January 15, 2014. (Photo Reuters/Andreea Campeanu)

Eastern Equatoria’s state deputy governor Jerome Gama Surur, who led a high-level delegation to Nimule payam [district] of Magwi county, said that Madi elders had refused to provide land to the internally displaced due to congestion in the area.

Surur said their assessment and consultation with the authorities in Nimule and the community in Magwi county had yielded few positive responses given the scarcity of space, other than sleeping in schools, churches and small open places.

The deputy governor said that the government has offered to transport the internally displaced people (IDPs) to other areas of Eastern Equatoria, including Kapoeta South and Torit county.

The proposed alternatives have been accepted by the internally displaced communities, Surur said, adding that the other areas have the space to help accommodate them for some time.

After visiting Magwi county Surur and his accompanying delegation returned to Torit to brief an extraordinary council of Eastern Equatoria’s ministers on Monday chaired by the state governor Louis Lobong Lojore.

Eastern Equatoria’s minister of information, Clement Laku Chichim, reiterated that, the extraordinary meeting discussed how to cope with the increasing numbers displaced people still arriving from Jonglei state to the north where rebels have been fighting the government for over a month.

Laku urged the communities in Torit and Kapoeta South to be welcoming to the displaced people so they can live in harmony until it is safe enough for them to return to their homes.

Of the over half a million people who have been forced from their homes during the last six weeks of fighting over 50,100 are in Eastern Equatoria according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).

(ST)

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  • 21 January 2014 06:15, by omoni jr.

    there should be NO discussion for these thugs called IDPs, The deputy governor Jerome Gama need to send these to thugs to Uganda .These refugees will Never go back to their jonglei whenever the conflict is over.

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    • 21 January 2014 06:26, by Force 1

      This is the land Dinka fought and die for; therefore no one has the right to say someone should or shouldn’t live anywhere! If you don’t want anybody to live anywhere; then you shouldn’t live anywhere either!Dinka blood spilled all over Equatorian lands during liberation; you should be highly irrational think Dinka shouldn’t live anywhere they fought and die for.

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      • 21 January 2014 06:37, by omoni jr.

        MR. idiot, you still dying now like flies, so when are you going to end your liberation then? The ugly bodies are still littering across the Upper Nile region? you need to talk to your master in uganda and ask him for land.Or ask your primitive president to give you land in Gogrial.

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      • 21 January 2014 16:30, by jubaone

        There is an innate and digusting urge by the jenges to move to other peoples lands. Mr. Force, Equatorians in the SPLA also shed their blood during liberation in jengeland, but have no burning desire to own even an inch of it. What is wrong with you? Where do you belong? For you home is where there is food and so Juba.

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  • 21 January 2014 07:05, by marie

    The people of Nimule have a bad experience from the IDPs. Till now, most of the people displaced from Bor in 1991 are still occupying other people houses in Nimule. All these IDP brag that, they liberated Madi, while they are just the people who fled Bor and are now fleeing Bor. Perhaps taking them to Torit would make it possible for them to be repatriated to Bor once peace prevails.

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    • 21 January 2014 07:10, by marie

      It is a pity that our suffering people have to be denied a place to stay, but the problem, the IDPs themselves started to mistreat the natives of the land and do not even want to follow the official procedures to acquire a plot for themselves. Secondly, they just drive cattle in people’s farms. This is unacceptable.

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  • 21 January 2014 07:53, by lakoda

    Bravo Equatorian
    Don’t allow those Idiot to your land again remember what happen in Numele they are the one who mistreated the native of Madi people in thier own land,let them go Barehalgazel or Uganda where their father M7’s.

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