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SSudan Warrap State IDPs Face Dire Conditions

FILE - a woman scoops fallen sorghum grain off the ground after an aerial food drop by the World Food Program (WFP) in the town of Kandak, South Sudan. Oct. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick, File) No Healing

JUBA — The French medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières, also known as Doctors Without Borders, has warned that the living conditions of thousands of Internally Displaced Persons sheltering in Twic County of Warrap state could worsen as land disputes in the region continue.

Beatriz Martinez de la Fuente, MSF project coordinator in South Sudan's Twic County, said an estimated 30,000 IPDs sheltering at various camps in the county are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

De la Fuente said urgent help is needed to avert a crisis. "The situation is very severe because the conflict is still ongoing," she said.

She added the looming rainy season will likely only worsen the conditions for people, as "acute needs such as food, water supply, shelter and sanitation" remain a concern.

However, she maintained the organization would continue its medical programs.

Inter-communal clashes between young men from Twic County and their counterparts from the disputed Abyei region over land have forced thousands of families to seek refuge in safer places within Warrap state.

In October last year, the South Sudanese army forces were deployed to end fighting between the communities.

32-year-old Atem Ayuel, a father of four and an IDP, said he and his family had to escape to Gomgoi IDP camp during the 2021 and 2022 clashes.

Ayuel says aid agencies stopped distributing relief food last year, leaving him and thousands of other IDPs in dire need of basic commodities.

Martin Malual, a 28-year-old father of three, said he also left his village last year in February and fled to Nyin Deng Ayuel IDP Camp.

Malual said a monthly food ration comprised of four kilograms of sorghum, two cups of lentils and 600 milliliter of cooking oil is not enough to sustain families.

The ongoing disputes between the young men from Abyei and Twic County led South Sudan's President Salva Kiir to intervene earlier this year.

Kiir dispatched Vice President Hussein Abdelbagi to quell the tension between the two communities.

South Sudan’s Council of States also formed a committee to investigate the root cause of the conflict. The committee accused some prominent South Sudanese individuals for fueling the conflict between communities in Twic County and the contested Abyei area.