South Sudan

SPLA & police to disarm communities in Jonglei State

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The Governor of Jonglei State, Kuol Manyang Juuk, has said that the security situation in Pibor is normalizing as the armed Lou Nuer youth left the town and moved, with some 50,000 head of cattle, back to their home territory.

Addressing the Press in Juba on Thursday, Governor Juuk called on the government as well as humanitarian organizations to enhance their assistance to people displaced by the violence in Pibor County.

Kuol said the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) and the South Sudan Police Service are moving forward to disarm communities in Jonglei state.

On the humanitarian situation, Pibor County authorities said more than four thousand of the people who fled the fighting into the bush returned to Pibor within the past two days.

County Commissioner Joshua Kony Irier told journalists in Pibor on Friday that the returnees are in urgent need for humanitarian assistance, especially food.

The World Food Programme has begun airlifting food into Pibor and ongoing humanitarian assessments are being conducted to bring aid to the displaced.