This article was last updated on May 26, 2022
The letter dated April 3, 2014 addressed to governors Louis Lobong Lojore, (Eastern Equatoria), Clement Wani Konga (Central Equatoria) and Joseph Bangasi Bakosoro (Western Equatoria), urged the state leaders to promote peaceful co-existence between the local communities and the displaced populations while negotiating a fair solution to the issue of livestock that does not subject the cattle keepers to further hostility and also addresses concerns of local farmers.
“We as the executive office of Bor County Association in Alberta are calling upon your government (s) to promote peaceful co-existence between the local communities and the displaced populations and asking your office to appeal to the people of the state to be more understanding and continue to temporarily share resources with the displaced people as the country finds a lasting solution to the root cause of the problem,” the letter partly reads.
The group also commended the great reception and protection offered to the people from Bor and other conflict affected areas. “This senseless war has unfortunately taken thousands of lives, devastated communities and dislodged people from their homes, many of whom are displaced to your state (s),” it added.
The group urges the state leaders and representatives of the central government of South Sudan in the state (s)to continue ensuring that the welfare of all citizens, including those displaced, is protected.
“As leaders in our country, we believe you are well informed about the current state of insecurity in Bor particularly for vulnerable civilians. In the last few months, thousands of innocent women, children, the sick and the old were heartlessly killed in Bor town and surrounding villages.
“These ruthless and barbaric acts were carried out by soldiers and militias against the current government elected by the people and empowered by the constitution.
“Whatever the motive was, we believe any alleged shortcomings of this government are not perpetrated by any single community -not the people of Bor or any other people,” the letter explained.
The infrastructure and livelihood in greater Bor area were destroyed; houses were burned down to ashes, schools reduced to mere debris and many resources wiped out in just three months of the conflict and this has impacted negatively on the natives of the area (Bor).
The group of concerned Bor community however urged the leadership of the country and those against it to embrace peaceful co-existence and settlement of the current political crisis.
Since the internal armed conflict erupted late last year, following an alleged “coup attempt,” about 800,000 people have been displaced within the country, over 250, 000 fled to neighbouring countries and more than 1, 000 people according to the UN have been killed.
This has made the already precarious humanitarian situation in the country resulting from the floods, the Yau- Yau rebellion and the bloody inter-communal clashes, more complicated.