Bishop Appeals For Assistance For Internally Displaced Persons in South Sudan

Internally displaced persons in South Sudan [Gurtong file photo]

The Bishop of the Episcopal Church of Wau Diocese, Moses Deng Bul has said, thousands of internally displaced persons sheltering at the church compound in Wau are in desperate need of aid.

WAU, 14 February 2017 [Gurtong] – Deng Bul is urging the United Nations World Food Programme to intervene and rescue the situation.

He said since their arrival on the 31st of last month at the church compound from their homes after the clashes between cattle keepers and local community in Jur River County, the IDPs have not received any food assistance from any humanitarian aid agency operating in Wau.

“The IDPs arrived here on Tuesday 31st January 2017, the first arrival was around 2,000 individuals but the following days, there has been an increase of more IDPs and an estimated 4,000 IDPs are so far sheltering at the Episcopal Diocese compound,” said Bul.

“So far none of the agencies have given them food, so their conditions are very bad especially in terms of feeding. We last week had some NGOs including IOM they came and they gave them some non-food items including blankets, mosquito nets and plastic sheets, water jerry cans among others. They also dug toilets and also brought water but then they said WFP will bring food but so far it has been 14 days now but there is no food that has been given to the IDPs,” said the Bishop.

Bishop Deng said the Diocese and Relief for Development wing called Christians action for Relief and Development has donated food for at least two days.

Bishop Bul said most of the IDPs are at risk of dying if no assistance is accorded to them.

“Our message as churches to both national and State government, is that we really need peace, otherwise South Sudanese will be in camps, so we really want the government to intervene so that these community that has been forced out from their homes return to their homes,” he said.

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