This article was last updated on May 26, 2022
While addressing a public rally at Yambio Freedom Square on Wednesday, the VP said his visit to Western Equatoria State was to assure the people that the crisis now in the country is not a tribal war but it is a national concern which needs mobilization of old soldiers, new recruits and creating awareness for the people to wake up and defend the country’s integrity and constitution.
Igga urged the people to respect the ancestors and also assured women that their contribution to national development is not only 25% but it is up to 35%.
During the meeting, the Western Equatoria StateBangasi Joseph Bakosoro disclosed that the state is peaceful adding that mobilization of soldiers is not going to be for tribal fight but to defend the country as a national army.
Last week, the three Equatoria region governors met in Juba with senior politicians and religious leaders, calling for peaceful means to end the country’s current crisis.
The calls came in the midst of massive military mobilization with the three saying the move is aimed at creating more force to ensure protection of the country from disintegration.
Central Equatoria State Governor Maj. Gen. Clement Wani Konga said during the meeting that the force will be used from protecting South Sudan from disintegration and that he had mobilized 3,000 recruits.
The vice president also visited the IDPs at the State Ministry of Gender and donated 50 bags of rice, 10 bags of maize flour, 35 bucket of beans and 17 boxes of cooking oil.
He also donated three bulls to the patients the Yambio Civil Hospital as well as visiting the Tomb of the Royal Majesty King Gbudue Bazingbi where he donated cash of 1,000 SSP.
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.
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.