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Stability in Gogrial state after inter-communal fights: official

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October 16, 2017 (WAU) – The governor of South Sudan’s Gogrial state, Victor Atem Atem has assured citizens of peace and stability.

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In an interview with Sudan Tribune, Atem said the inter-communal feud, which took place between the Aguok and Apuk clans have reduced from the time he was appointed Gogrial state governor.

“From the 18 last month up to now, the security situation has been relatively contained in Gogrial state and the neighbouring Wau and Tonj states,” said Atem.

“From 18 September, we have not received any insecurity report from the bordering counties and neighbouring states, we have not received any reports on attack and killing of people,” he added.

According to the official, the ongoing disarmament process was moving well, with many weapons being collected from the civilians.

Atem, however, stressed that ever since the disarmament kicked off, there has not been any incident on the process which involved civilians and the army officials carrying out the peaceful process.

On the humanitarian aspects, Atem said situations have remained tense as aid agencies cannot access civilians in need due to insecurity.

The governor appealed to citizens who fled their home to return, saying all mechanisms were in place to ensure they are protected.

“The state is now peaceful and there is need for our people to return to the state so that they can dialogue with one another,” stressed Atem.

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  • 18 October 06:49, by Moses Deng Bol

    Governor Atem is a highly respected man among the communities in Gogrial which is why his appointment led to stability in the State. The facts that inter-communal attacks have stop immediately after his appointment is a clear indication that he has the trust of all the communities to the conflict. I sincerely thank President Kiir for appointing Hon Atem as Governor of Gogrial State.

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  • 18 October 06:58, by Moses Deng Bol

    There is however a need for humanitarian assistant to facilitate the displaced communities to return to their homes. There is also a need to establish dialogue among the communities to address the root causes of the conflict and put in place mechanisms to avoid a return to violence in future as the Governor stated in his last statement in this article.

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