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EES plans to establish 2 new camps for IDPs from Jonglei

Author : | Published: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The government of Eastern Equatoria says it is planning to open two new camps for the increasing number of Internally Displaced Persons.

The two camps will be located in Kapoeta South and Magwi Counties.

The state Information Minister says the government is facing challenges in acquiring land from the community in order to settle the IDPs.

Clement Laku Chichim told Eye Radio that Nimule has received the largest number of IDPs.

“At the moment, the population in Nimule has increased from 23,000 to 35,000 and beyond,” said Mr Laku.

“The situation of the people down there in Nimule is very desperate and that the government wanted to camp them and ask the community to give them land so that these people are camped there but unfortunately the community is also afraid of their future prospective.

“Plus the cows; the cattle there now are beyond 10,000 and they are grazing illegally in the camps.”

Mr. Laku said the increasing number of IDPs, especially in Nimule, has resulted in a shortage of food in the market and medicine in the major hospitals.

He urged humanitarian organizations to provide the IDPs with assistance.

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