February 11, 2014 (BOR) - The United Nations Office for Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Tuesday that they are ready to begin delivering humanitarian assistance to displaced people hiding on higher grounds in swampy areas along the Nile River in Jonglei state.
Speaking to journalists in Bor, Edmore Tondhlana, the acting head of sub-offfice for OCHA said they had agreed with the state government on provision of relief to the people in Jonglei.
“We have heard of different locations where food is needed in Jonglei. We have agreed with the government to provide humanitarian help to the people affected by this conflict in the state”, said Edmore.
It is not clear how many people are still living in Toc although local sources put the number to thousands with Malual and Laguli being some of the most populated areas as a result of the recent crisis.
An OCHA report on February 10 said that 129,600 people are displaced within Jonglei, which has been one of the states worst affected by violence that has last nearly two months.
The state government also asked the UN for trucks to help them in cleaning the town, large parts of which have been destroyed.
“We have request them to help us in cleaning the town, and in burring the dead people in Bor. We have no trucks to carry the bodies to the grave yards as well, so they agreed to us”, said Aquila Mam, the acting state governor.
Collection of dead bodies and burials had been slowed down by a misunderstanding between the workers and the officers responding for the exercise over the delay of workers’ weekly wages.
The workers claim that together they are owed over 89,000 South Sudanese pounds for the work they did in the week after Bor was retaken from the rebels by government troops and soldiers from the Ugandan military.