UNMISS has expressed their dismay in the unfolding in greater Tambura region in Western Equatoria, South Sudan. An evident intercommunal conflict, displacement and human rights violations are being witnessed and the situation on the ground is wanting,
Over 30,000 people are estimated to have been displaced and some 500 households are camping in a church compound in Mupoi payam. Father Bairi Nathaly, the local priest, says men, women and children arrived on foot.
The reverend father revealed the children are coming all the way from Tambura and had walked for days with legs swollen and desperately in dire need of medical attention, food and shelter.
A team from the United Nations peacekeepers have stepped up patrolling in the area and are currently protecting and assessing the human rights situation while advocating for the protection of lives and well-being of communities.
Apart from fortifying the security situation through the presence of Blue Berets, the mission’s Civil Affairs Division is engaging local actors to advocate for peaceful coexistence among the communities in greater Tambura.
The Protection, Transition and Relief Officer for UNMISS, Anthony Moudie says that UN peacekeeping mission and humanitarian partners are doing everything they can to help and protect the recently displaced.
Last week hundreds of people from local communities attended a peace rally organized by faith-based groups in Western Equatoria under the aegis Interfaith Council of Peace as part of efforts to bring peace end the senseless conflict
Civil Affairs Officer Poo Lin Stefano Wong says they are working closely with the authorities, civil society groups, religious leaders and the community elders along with women and youth representative to open up platforms for open dialogue.
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