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Abyei IDPs receive food assistance in Aweil

Well-wishers from the diaspora in the West contributed $1,950 to aid 100 internally displaced households in Aweil Town, providing essential food supplies for those who fled Abyei amidst the conflict between Dinka Ngok of Abyei and Twic communities.

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On Thursday, well-wishers from the diaspora in the west were able to help internally displaced people living in the Rum-Akudi suburb of Aweil Town in Northern Bahr El Ghazal state.

The well-wishers assisted 100 IDP households faced with the catastrophic situation of fleeing from Abyei due to the conflict between the Dinka Ngok of Abyei and Twic communities.


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Luka Dut, the project coordinator, said they raised $1,950 (one thousand nine hundred and fifty dollars), which they sold out for sacks of dura for the displaced group. He says they got twenty-six (26) sacks of sorghum as minor assistance to the IDPs, as each household received 37 kilos of dura, equivalent to 10 malwas locally used for measuring food items.

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The people we have targeted are those who were displaced from Abyei. I used to go door to door or house to house, register them, and take their photos on my smartphone. After I came back, I used that method by calling out the names and seeing the photo I took. Three people took a sack, and they went and divided it among themselves. That is a strategy we embarked on to help them,” he narrated.

“Some of these people also lack plastic sheeting, and it is something that the humanitarian organisations have to look into and work it out for them,” he added.

Some of the beneficiaries lauded the assistance rendered to them and called for more humanitarian aid.

Chollo Charles Juma says they are so appreciative to the donors and well-wishers for their hospitality and standing in solidarity with them for their plights.

These people of the Aweil diaspora are indeed hospitable, and they like to stand together with those who are affected by the conflict. We appreciate their support for us, as this will alleviate our suffering as we are food insecure,” she lamented.

Another IDP, Rebecca Atong, said the Aweil Community, who thought of giving them such support, is kind and would like them to carry on helping others in desperation.

I would like to tell people in Aweil and beyond to do a similar thing. God will bless you. If I were a singer, I would have composed a song for such well-wishers,” she wished.

The United Nations World Food Programme has described Northern Bahr El Gazal as one of the states that is more food insecure, warns of starvation, and has been calling for funding to rescue the situation as an influx of returnees and refugees are in the state, including the IDPs from Abyei.

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