Yei churches fear “massive exodus” after desperate humanitarian situation

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[Yei, South Sudan, Radio Tamazuj] A coalition of churches in Yei River County has launched an emergency humanitarian appeal after recent fighting in the area.

The appeal came following a continuous outcry of the public in Yei over food shortages and an absence of humanitarian services like medicine and education. Recently, the Yei area has seen fighting between government and rebel forces. Since 2005, local officials say that Yei has not witnessed nor called for relief assistance.

In their joint appeal, the churches described had the humanitarian situation as worrying and deteriorating, and the closure of the Yei road in certain areas had a dramatic impact on the humanitarian assistance.

“What is urgently needed to help the people of Yei River state is food. The situation in Yei is very dire; all roads leading into Yei are closed. Thousands of people mostly women and children are seeking refuge in the churches and refugee camps. Many have spent days without food, clean water and medical assistance,” said Bishop Erkulano Ladu Tombe of the Catholic diocese of Yei. Read the full story here

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