South Sudan’s revitalized peace agreement was signed to end the half decade long violent conflict that sent about 1.5million of the country’s population into exile. Ceasefire as one of the chapters in the agreement seek to bring to an end unnecessary shootings across the country. But this rather seems to have fallen in deaf ears as violent inter-tribal and inter-communal fights continue to send citizens into anxiety.
In Terkeka County of South Sudan’s Central Equatoria State, over 10,000 have been displaced following inter-clan fight between the Mundari communities in Kworijik. Eye Radio in South Sudan’s capital Juba has reported 8 casualties. Reports indicate that this is not the first time this community plunged into conflict.
The fight according to the Parish Priest in the area, Fr. James Pitia Marcelo, the conflict which broke among the three Mundari communities of Deregen, Mundari Tali, and Mundari Kobura involved heavy shooting that was overheard from 2:00am until Wednesday morning.
“The conflict there is very big because it has affected something more than 10,000 who are displaced, the whole of the Mundari community staying in Kango Na Mundur, the village there is very big.” Fr. Pitia Said.
The parish priest who is part of the displaced community said he was earlier tipped by security operatives in the area to vacate the parish premises over inevitable situation of the conflict. But the Godly servant seems to have underrated the fight. Not until he witnessed two brutally injure people that he willingly rushed for treatment in the country’s capital Juba.
Last year, a number people were also displaced without a clear reason due to clashes between the same Mundari conflicting groups.