This article was last updated on May 26, 2022
The bishop said that the conflict in South Sudan has led to the displacement of many people and urged the residents to remain calm.
“I want to assure you that you are in a peaceful place and if any of you is communicating back home with a husband please inform him to come as Western Equatoria is a peaceful,” Hiiboro said.
Hiboro promised to work hand in hand with state government to ensure that the basic necessities for the IDPs are provided, recalling that he was once a refugee and he knows how hard the life is.
He urged the IDPs to live in peace and harmony as one family and continue praying for peace to be prevailing in the country.
Meanwhile the State Minister of Gender Child and Social Welfare Zelipha Dawa said they have received a good number of IDPs most of whom are women and children and are working hard to make sure that they receive maximum protection and assistance.
Dawa called on the Bishop to pray very hard for the ongoing conflict in the country for peace to be realized once again because now the future is not clear.
Fighting broke out in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, on 15 December and quickly spread to other parts of the country. Within a week, several states had been affected with Bor, Bentiu, Juba and Malakal the most heavily hit areas.
An estimated 413,000 people have been internally displaced by fighting in South Sudan and over 74,000 more have fled to neighbouring countries, as of 14 January.
Aid agencies believe that the number of internally displaced people could be much higher, as insecurity and logistical constraints have prevented relief workers from travelling outside towns.
The largest concentration of displaced people is in Awerial County where over 84,000 have fled and are in need of assistance. Another 66,000 people are sheltering in 10 UN peacekeeping bases across the country.
74,000 South Sudanese are sheltering in neighbouring countries
Over 74,000 people have fled South Sudan; many them have arrived in Uganda (27,000).
The UN Refugee Agency reports that 4,000 to 5,000 people arrive in Uganda every day.
The wave of refugees is straining the coping mechanisms of neighbouring countries, some of which, like Uganda, already host refugees from countries including from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
About 80 per cent of the South Sudanese refugees are children and aid agencies are concerned about their wellbeing and safety.
Aid agencies have appealed for $209 million urgently assist people affected by the conflict
Of the $1.1 billion required for humanitarian action in 2014, $209 million is needed to respond to the immediate needs caused by the current crisis until March. Of this, $104 million has already been secured.
The overall requirements for 2014 are needed to support 3.1 million people who require humanitarian assistance and longer-term aid.
The protection of civilians remains a top priority for the humanitarian community.