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IDPs in Bangasu say they want peace

IDPs in Bangasu say they want peace

Early this month, over 800 households from Bangasu Boma in Yambio County fled their homes in fear for their lives. The now internally displaced persons (IDPs) are calling on the Government and armed groups to cease hostility and choose peace to enable them go back home to cultivate. 


Two teenagers from the area have been abducted and taken to the bush by armed groups.


On Tuesday, UNMISS office in Yambio conducted a short duration patrol of the area where the IDPs reported that they were afraid to go back to their homes because they feared facing harassment and being tortured by armed groups.


The local chief of Bangasu Boma, James Atoroba Bangasu, said “IDPs are in need of humanitarian assistance and armed forces are mistreating them and looting their properties.”


Atoroba stated that there is no medicine available for pregnant women and children adding that children are forced to sleep in open cold places.


Santo Gabriel, a mother of 11 children said, “I have never experience this before in my life, to come and stay with my children and having no food to give them. I am appealing to UNMISS to come and give us protection because armed groups are killing us and looting our properties.”