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Displaced South Sudanese in E. Equatoria forced to relocate

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February 14, 2014 (NIMULE) – South Sudanese who have been displaced during the recent conflict and sought sought protection in the town of Nimule in Eastern Equatoria state have denounced local government orders to relocate to Kapeota or risk being denied food from aid agencies.

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Internally displaced persons from the conflict in South Sudan who are living makeshift structures and under trees in Melijo 19 km South of Nimule on Friday 14 February 2014. (Photo ST)

Eastern Equatoria state government has ordered the internally displaced people (IDPs) to relocate Kapeota instead of being resettled in the Nimule area, officials say.

The South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC) has instructed international and local NGOs to halt food distribution until the IDPs agree to move to Kapeota, a local official said on Thursday.

"We are under the state [government], so there is restriction that no distribution will be allowed until further notice," said Salva Ben, the head of the SSRRC in Magwi county.

Speaking by phone from Torit, Eastern Equatoria’s minister of information, Clement Laku Chimchim said the local government decided to ask for the transfer of IDPs from Nimule to Kapeota for security reasons.

Chimchim said he had no knowledge about the government’s instructions for NGOs to stop distributing humanitarian items.

"I am not aware of that [stopping food distribution] but what I know is that these people will have to move to Kapeota," he said.

According to SSRRC, 35,000 IDPs have been registered in Nimule since the conflict started in mid-December in Juba and spread to the three states of Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity.

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Abraham Makur, who identified himself as an IDP coordinator, told Sudan Tribune on Friday that the state government’s move to relocate displaced people was unique.

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South Sudan Crisis: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 14 February 2014)

"We are surprised as people,” Makur said.

"What these people need now is humanitarian assistance in terms of food and shelter but not be moved from here and there," he added.

In Melijo, about 20km south of Nimule, thousands of people have already set up makeshift shelters to protect themselves from the sun.

Abraham Deng, one of the IDPs, said he did not want to flee South Sudan for third time in his lifetime.

"I fled to Ethiopia in 1980s, then to Kenya in 1991 and now, I don’t want to go to Uganda," Deng told Sudan Tribune at the camp on Friday.

Surrounded by other elderly men and women, Deng said the government have to rescue them from hunger.

"We are angry because there is hunger. You can’t say move here to there when there is no transport and security on the way", he added.

Eastern Equatoria’s state information minister, Chimchim said local communities in Nimule are not comfortable accommodating cattle herding communities from Jonglei state.

"Communities in Nimule are farmers and there are over 81,000 cattle now in Nimule; four times the total [number of cattle] herded by local people of Nimule", Chimchim said depending on his government’s directives to relocate IDPs to Kapeota.

"People in Kapeota are the same cattle keepers like them (IDPs)", he added, referring to pastoralists communities inhibiting Kapeota, some 200km east of Nimule.

(ST)

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  • 15 February 07:47, by Johndumo14

    Even if Uganda withdraw its troops form S,Sudan,Dr Riek Machar`s rebels will never defeat the SPLA (government Troops).
    He didnot win the war in 1991 with SPLA when they were together with Arabs of Khartoum ,how can he will win this war?

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    • 15 February 15:10, by choldit

      John, why do u think the Dinka dump asses hired Ugandan to protect their tribal primitive leader and the whole tribe the Nuer can’t defeat the Dinka in one day fight. Now that Kuol admitted the coward pple, as u brought it on us, pays UPDF this war will go down on Dinka as a shame on us n is a prove that Nuer are dinka husbands.

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    • 15 February 19:02, by Johndumo14

      WHEN THERE IS A SUCCESFUL PERSON,THERE MUST BE A GOOD INTELIGENT WOMAN,AND WHEN THERE IS A FAILURE PERSON MAKING POOR CHOICES IN LIFE,THERE MUST BE AROGANT STUPID WOMAN GIVING WRONG ADVISE.DR RIEK MACHAR HAS MARRIED A WRONG WOMAN,SHE CAN`T EVEN SAY MY HUSBAN ,WE CANOT AFFORD SECOND REBELLION!!YOU HAVE BLOOD IN YOUR HANDS!!!

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  • 15 February 08:36, by Kiir

    GO TO UGANDA WITH YOUR CATTLE IF YOU DON’T WANT TO MOVE TO THE SITE WHICH COULD BE BETER FOR YOU. UGANDA WILL KEEP YOUR COWS AS REFUGEES ALSO AND THEY WILL ALLOW THEM TO MOVES TO THEIR FARMS BECAUSE OF MRS. AKIIR WAS BEEN MARRRIED LAST MONTH BY MR. MUSEVENI

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    • 15 February 10:40, by KUR AYUAIREEECH

      Some dude have poor reasoning capacity with retarded poor low IQ thus making them think childishly . According to south sudan consitution, any southsudan citizen can relocate and or aquire any property in any part of southsudan. Why are these displaced persons ordered to relocate .? Does the Equatorian,s know that these peopes from Bor are historically knowns for the independent of south.

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  • 15 February 09:35, by Ambago

    The IDPs must do exactly as they are told.After all the Toposa are more than ready to welcome them in Kapoeta especially that they are also bringing along with them a huge herd of cattle to boost the local economy.
    This is no Kokora mentality as someone wrongly seems to suggest. Nimule has already had its share of IDP problems. It’s time the IDPs have a taste of the Toposa hospitality.

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    • 15 February 10:40, by Malou Manyiel

      Ambago, it wasn’t IDPs making to come to Nimule, they were forced to come there due to conflicts. Know this Nimule community, if Uganda which is another country can accept thousands of refugees from South Sudan, why is it hard for you to accept your fellow South Sudanese to stay with you for time being? You will one day test being an IDP in the future, am sorry to say it but you don’t know God.

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  • 15 February 10:20, by Marco Bul

    They MUST go to Kapoeta or return to where they run from.Who are they to choose where to settle?? Kapoeta East is bordering Kenya.If they don’t want to stay there,it will be cheaper to proceed to Kakuma.Beggars are not choosers.Pathetic!!!

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    • 15 February 20:51, by akid malual

      whose dirty call equatoria are still have a mind of hatred again there master. ashamed on you all comrade Equatoria who cattle keep are the who gave you your right to have some where call home.even recently problem in a city of Juba where when you Fucking Equatoria. are you ready to defend you land for any invade? No non of the Cattle keep will move away for equatorial.

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    • 15 February 20:51, by akid malual

      whose dirty call equatoria are still have a mind of hatred again there master. ashamed on you all comrade Equatoria who cattle keep are the who gave you your right to have some where call home.even recently problem in a city of Juba where when you Fucking Equatoria. are you ready to defend you land for any invade? No non of the Cattle keep will move away for equatorial.

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