At Least Four Thousand People Displaced in Bungu County, South Sudan

Juba, South Sudan,

People gather at a makeshift IDP camp at the UN compound in Juba at the beginning of the conflict(photo: file)
People gather at a makeshift IDP camp at the UN compound in Juba at the beginning of the conflict(photo: file)

Nov 14, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– Speaking to Nyamilepedia Press, Hon. Fidele Ladu Augustino, the Commissioner of Bungu County, alleged that more than four thousand people have fled from Payams to Bungu County Headquarter.

The commissioner blames the mass displacement on SPLA operations in Kulipapa village in which the army killed 13 civilians who were accused of supporting rebellion in the county.

“They have been displaced from their homes after several incidents where thirteen people were killed during SPLA operation in Kulipapa village early this month of November,” Ladu said.

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“People in other Payams abandoned their homes following the incident for fear of similar occurrence that why they came around County Headquarter,” Hon. Ladu continue.

Speaking to our correspondent earlier this month, Jubek local government minister also revealed that SPLA operations along Juba-Yei Highway were creating insecurity as people went missing during a search campaign by government forces in those areas.

Commissioner Ladu told press that those several incidents happened in some Payams far away from County Headquarter but then people who felt insecurity started evacuating the area for their own safety.

Today thousands of people are sheltering at police station at Bungu county police stations.

“That is why they have all come to the county center. And these people, whose things are out there in the Payams.” Ladu said.

“People are not able to reach there because many of them are afraid of the incident which took place in Kuli-papa areas,” He continued.

The commissioner says there are many civilians who are now putting up at County police post premises, other people are in nearby buildings which made police to put up with civilians together due to lack of extra space for security force at the moment.

“Many of the civilian’s population are staying with the police. They are afraid to leave centre. Their domestic and crops or fields works are affected. In several occasion police forces accompanied them to their homes and farms,” Ladu said.

Despite relative calm at the national capital, Juba, areas around the capital within Central Equatoria state are not safe due to fighting between the warring factions and also due to disgruntled armed groups along the major roads.

Since the resumption of war in July this year, major clashes have continued in Western Equatoria, Central Equatoria, Upper Nile and Unity States.

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