South Sudan

Thousands displaced by violence in Jonglei now getting food

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The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management says food aid has started reaching the thousands of people displaced by the ethnic clashes in Pibor County and surrounding area.

Speaking to Radio Miraya, the Deputy Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Sabina Dario Lokolong, said the United Nation Mission in South Sudan ( UNMISS) has loaned a helicopter to assist with transportation of food to Pibor and other affected areas.

She said the government has doubled its security to ensure the safety of the humanitarian agencies' staff operating on the ground. The Pibor medical facility run by Medicine San Frontiers (MSF) which was overrun and looted by armed Lou Nuer will resume operation soon.

On Wednesday, South Sudan's Council of Ministers declared Jonglei State an emergency disaster area and appealled to all international aid agencies to enhance their support for those displaced by the recent fighting.

Meanwhile, the leader of Murle Community, Chief Ismail Kony, has called for calm in Jonglei, urging all communities in the state to seek peaceful resolution to the conflict.

Chief Kony reiterated his call for the division of Jonglei into four states according to the tribes dominating in Pibor County.

However, Governor Kuol Manyang dismissed the call for partition of Jonglei State, saying that the move will not solve the problem of cattle raiding and the abduction of children and women.