Dozens ‘critically’ injured as football match between Lou-Nuer sub-clans turns violent in Kakuma refugee camp

Kakuma refugee camp (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

December 6th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – Dozens of people have been critically injured in the Kenya’s Kakuma Refugee Camp as Football match turned into a bitter brawl that later sparked inter-clan violence between two sub-clans of the Lou-Nuer.

Several sources told the Nyamilepedia from Kakuma refugee camp this morning that the violence between Moor and Gabal broke out in the evening hours of Tuesday and left a good number of people severely injured adding that the IRC has helped to transfer the injured to a hospital including those who are in coma.

“Several people have been critically injured, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) came this morning and transferred those who were still in coma to Kakuma Mission Hospital,” the source said.

The same source further said that the two communities have been holding grudges against each others and almost all the violence between the two has been arising from football matches.

“This is not the first time, they have been fighting all along, over the football games when one of them is defeated,” the source further said.

Another source told the Nyamilepedia separately that he could see youths carrying pagas before the two communities started fighting in the area.

“I can see violent youths brandishing pangas and heading towards a cemetery next to Kakuma’s Four Main Hospital, but I don’t see the group that’s fighting them. I am a bit far from them now,” the source told the Nyamilepedia on phone on Tuesday.

Football games and marriage related issues are some of the root causes of violence
that lead to insecurity among the South Sudanese refugee communities in East
Africa’s host countries.

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayardiit and opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon in September signed the long-awaited revitalized agreement in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa raising hope for the return of the South Sudanese refugees seeking safety abroad.

The agreement was a part of a regional effort spearheaded by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) try to end the ongoing civil war which engulfed the world’s newest nation in December 2013.

According to an IPC report obtained by the Nyamilepedia on Wednesday, the Integrated
Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) highlighted that South Sudan situation
remains one of the worst worse refugee crisis in the region.