Lakes State Counties Receive Jonglei’s IDPs

The UNMISS helped transport the wounded from Bor to Juba on Sunday 22 December 2013. [UNMISS]

Yirol West County commissioner Colonel Majak Ruei Angong said that IDPs are arriving into the county using riverboats and some are arriving walking by foot.

He describes the situation of IDP as worse with more children and elderly people affected by the violence.

He said that most of the displaced lack shelters, food, water and medicines as the county had no capacity but the state government is fully protecting the civilians from threats.

Meanwhile, the United Nation office for the Coordination of Humanitarians Affairs (OCHA) indicated that Lakes state received people affected by current violence in Jonglei state.

Violence has worsened in Jonglei, with continued fighting in Bor, Gumuruk, and Likuangole.

On 20 December, the UNMISS base in Akobo was attacked by armed youth. Two peacekeepers were killed and one wounded and the mission estimates that at least 11 civilians who had been sheltering at the base were also killed in the attack. The number could be higher.

In Bor, around 15,000 people are sheltering at the UNMISS base.

Humanitarian agencies are confined to the UNMISS base, due to the ongoing insecurity, and have no access to civilians who may be displaced or otherwise affected outside the base.

Local authorities in Lakes State report that 20,000 people have arrived in Awerial County following the Jonglei violence. People have reportedly also been displaced in Terekeka, Central Equatoria State.

In total, there are reports that close to 62,000 people have been displaced in the violence, including some 42,000 in UN bases.

Looting of humanitarian compounds has been reported in Jonglei (Akobo and Bor) and Unity (Koch County). Several UN and NGO compounds in Bor town have reportedly been completely looted, including vehicles stolen.

The security situation deteriorated in Unity State, with armed violence reported in Bentiu and Pariang.

An estimated 5,000 people have sought shelter with UNMISS in Bentiu.

Fighting has also been reported in the following locations in Central Equatoria State: Terekeka, Mangala and Mogeri. 

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