Bishop reports severe hunger in Ezo, Western Equatoria


A Bishop in Ezo town of South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state said conditions in the town are extremely bad due to violence that displaced thousands with no ability to cultivate in recent months.

John K Zawo told Radio Tamazuj that famine may hit Ezo if no humanitarian assistance is taken there and that there are large numbers of people at borders with other countries waiting to return home.

“Civilians of Ezo central town, Andari Payam, and some eastern bomas of Ezo are scattered leaving the town empty due to violence. Our soldiers the SPLA are in the barracks in town guarding the place,” Zawo said.

He added: “Civilians had fled the town in the recent weeks due to attacks and abduction by the rebels crossing into the near neighboring DRC camp in Doruma, some remained at the border and some into places they thought is safe for themselves. Others had crossed to Bambuti and some 500 had reached Obo,” he added.

The religious leader said aid organizations have not been able to reach the communities there and that civilians suffer from hunger and sickness after running away from their homes and farms in search of peace.

”We appeal to our government of South Sudan to provide us security and to the humanitarian organizations for emergency humanitarian aid,” Zano said.

This article is republished courtesy of Radio Tamazuj, a daily news service and current affairs broadcaster covering South Sudan, the southern states of Sudan, and the borderlands between the two countries.

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