South Sudan political landscape continues to head for a nasty valley ride. A caravan of people displaced by fighting between rival factions of South Sudan First Vice President Riek Machar’s SPLA-IO in Magenis.
An intervention from foreign ministers of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to quell the situation held a meeting on earlier this week and called for a ceasefire arguing that dialogue is the only diplomatic path to restoring calm and respecting the Revitalized peace deal.
According to the director Humanitarian Aid Commission in The situation is catastrophic and displaced families are in need of urgent assistance. Majority of the people had fled to villages around Magenis and Victoria Arop.
The conflict was last week instigated by Commandant in Chief and opposition stronghold of SPLM/A-IO Dr. Riak Machar whose forces attacked Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual, the former SPLA-IO Chief of General Staff. In a retaliated attack at the headquarters of Gen. Gatwech based in Magenis (Kitgwang) in the country’s Upper Nile region that later contributed to the recent surge in communal displacements in the region.
Magenis is home many accommodating close to 20,000 people So, a large number of people fled the area following the last weeks attacks. However, most of the displaced persons started returning on Thursday. She said most of the people were visibly afraid.
The deputy military commander in Magenis Zachariah Luany, assured the returnees that calm has been restored in the area after the deadly fighting after the devastating heavy machine guns and bombs that ravaged the community during the fighting last week.
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