The top United Nations official in South Sudan has urged communities in the eastern state of Jonglei to break the cycle of violence, following a “very serious” attack and cattle raid, while UN and local officials are poised to distribute humanitarian aid to thousands of people affected by the fighting.
While in Walgak, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan, Hilde F. Johnson met with people wounded during the attack and other community members, including County Commissioner Goi Jooyu Youl. She encouraged residents to contain their anger and frustration, and to give peace a chance.
“The main purpose of my visit today is to (meet) the people and express my most sincere condolences to those who have lost their loved ones,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan, Hilde F. Johnson, said during yesterday’s visit.
According to media reports, more than 100 people were killed and many others injured in an armed attack on a migrating group of people from the town of Walgak.
Ms. Johnson, accompanied by other senior officials from the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), including Force Commander Maj. Gen. Delali Johnson Sakyi, described the 8 February attack as “very serious” and said it threatened the stability of the entire state of Jonglei.
“We are very worried about this,” Ms. Johnson told a group in the state capital of Bor following a meeting with Governor Kuol Manyang Juuk, who vouched his government would “do its best to prevent further attacks.”