Government helps Magwi County Returnees with Food Assistance

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[Torit, South Sudan, TCT] The Commissioner of Magwi County, Ochola Bosco Oringa, has said the returnees are returning to the area but are vulnerable due to lack of humanitarian assistance.

‘’They are very vulnerable. They went to refugee camp because of the crisis of 2016. The security situation is back to normal, so they are coming back, but they lack social services like the relief aid that is supposed to be provided to them” Bosco noted.

The commissioner stated that it is the mandate of the government to bring peace and provide security to its people.

Bosco said IOM and other humanitarian agencies are assessing the situation in the area.

“It is good that some of the cooperating partners like IOM, the Impact Health Organization and the others, have come on the ground to assess the area. After finishing the assessment, they may provide some of these needs to rescue the people”. He said.

Commissioner Bosco said he is hopeful that the agencies will deliver basic services to the needy based on the assessment.

Meanwhile, the Director for Relief and Rehabilitation Commission in the state, John Odongi, has called on the returnees to do some little work to receive the food distribution this year.

“The new approach is that you have to do something little and you will be given the food. The food cannot be given free of charge, but you have to do some work” he said.

Odongo added that the most vulnerable people in the community are target first to receive the food distribution. He reaffirms the state’s new plan for 2018 is to help the returnees.

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