South Sudan: Fresh fighting between government forces and the armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) displaces thousands of people in Unity State
At least 15,000 people arrived in Payinjiar county as fighting intensified in Leer, Koch and Mayiandit areas between government forces and the armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) in recent weeks, opposition officials told Sudan Tribune
John Tap Puot, an area commissioner for SPLM-IO, said many civilians have assembled in Nyal payam, seeking shelter due to fighting in neighbouring counties.
Puot called on humanitarian aid agencies to embark on ground action. He described their situation as “horrific”, calling for humanitarian measures to save the lives of children and women in dire need for assistance.
“We are calling on the United Nation, their partners and faith based organisations to hurry up and save on innocent civilians who are at critical human suffering. It is not our wish, but man-made crises that have placed our people in such circumstances,” he said.