Returnees In Yei Unable To Meet Basic Needs

Internally displaced persons who are returning from various villages surrounding Yei and voluntary returnees from camps in neighboring Uganda and DR Congo are finding it difficult to meet their basic needs despite the presence of several humanitarian organizations operating in the area.

By Daniel Friday Martin  

YEI, 10 December 2018 [Gurtong]-
According to Moses Mabe, a County Relief and Rehabilitation Commission official in Yei River County has said,his office has recorded over 900 voluntary returnees from Uganda while several others willing to return to Yei are still stuck in the South Sudan-Uganda border towns of Kaya and Oraba without access to food and non food items.

Mabe said the most urgent needs of the IDPs and returnees include tents, house utensils and food to re-start their lively hood.

Mabe is appealing to the government relief and humanitarian agencies to consider the basic needs of the returnees and IDPs arriving Yei.

“For the last two months, we have registered 465 households and 948 individuals and their major challenges all their properties, houses, food and house utensils are not in place and they are in need of these basic needs” he said.

Moriba Josephine a voluntary returnee said: “ I came to Yei town because I heard that there is peace and stability but my biggest worry and my family members is that we don’t have a place to sleep in, our houses got burnt and secondly access to food. We get food once in a day with help from friends and neighbors and if we fail sometimes we sleep without food” she said.

He attributed the increase of those returning following improvement of the security situation in Yei and hope for the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement.

Malish Sebit another returnee is calling humanitarian organs to assess their needs and rescue their living conditions. “We don’t have mattresses or mats to put our heads on” he added.
Gurtong contacted several humanitarian NGOs operating in the area to comment on the matter but all in vain.

Deadly clashes between government and opposition forces in Yei in 2016 forced tens of thousands of civilians around residents in Yei town for safety into neighboring Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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