The UNMISS patrol monitors the situation of people displaced by the fighting in the villages of eastern Ecuador.
Peacekeeping forces patrolling in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan have confirmed recent reports of conflict, displacement, loss of life and human suffering in the Lowoyi payam (administrative division) of the state of Eastern Equatoria.
“These people are suffering, especially women and children. Humanitarian partners need to support them with both food and non-food items as urgently as they can, ”says Ben Salva, coordinator of the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission in Magwi County.
An estimated 700 households were reportedly displaced from their homes in Dabur, Tachak and Ofiriha villages about a month ago, as a result of clashes with herders from elsewhere.
Four people and 56 head of cattle were killed, houses were burned, crops destroyed and water sources contaminated, prompting many women, children and the elderly to flee to the Agoro district and the Chomboro shopping center.
“Some have come the long way to get here, others are hiding in the bushes. We need shelters, medicine, water and food, ”says Matem Ohisa, leader of the internally displaced people, adding that they currently depend on their temporary host village for food.
The patrolling peacekeepers have pledged to publicize the seriousness of their situation, seek appropriate solutions and promote dialogue between the parties to the conflict.
“We will take your requests to the relevant humanitarian partners who work closely with your state government. We hope that he will soon live in peace and security, ”said Abdulrahman Kamara, a civil affairs officer who visited the area.
The patrol team searched in vain for non-local villagers and herders to explore the possibilities of organizing a dialogue to reconcile the warring parties, but all they found were empty cattle camps and deserted villages.
The peacekeeping mission will continue to monitor developments closely.