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Displaced Families Appeal for Relief Aid

According to the Salim, the affected families are in urgent need of food, shelter and cooking utensils.

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More than 490 people who were displaced following clashes between Aluba and Ambala clan members in Yumbe district over land two weeks ago, have appealed for relief aid. During the clash, members of Aluba clan set ablaze more than 150 grass thatched huts belonging to the rival clan members leaving them homeless.

 

While meeting Ibrahim Abiriga, the Yumbe RDC on Friday, the affected residents led by Amin Salim said since they were displaced they have nowhere to go and nothing to feed their family. Salim said it is very disheartening for them to suffer yet there is an entire ministry and several aid agencies, which are meant to support people affected by disaster and conflicts.

 

According to the Salim, the affected families are in urgent need of food, shelter and cooking utensils. Some of the affected families are currently housed in Kei primary school, some with their relatives while others are sheltered in the nearby churches and Mosque. Molly Adravu, a mother of five says that her husband was seriously injured in the attack and is still admitted.

 

Adravu says she wanted to go back to her parent’s home with her children but fears that it will burden her parents. Mohammed Azale, an elder appeals to government to intervene and resolve the problem once and for all saying at his age it is difficult for him to start building a house again.

 

Azale says he is hopeless adding that, since they were displaced he is finding it difficult to survive. Ibrahim Abiriga, the Yumbe RDC assured the residents that he has already notified the relevant government agencies about their fate. According to Abiriga, land disputes are becoming common in west Nile saying there is need for government and local leaders to help people to live together.

 

The displacement of Aluba clan members brings the number of people displaced in the region due to land conflicts to 700. A few days after the incident in Yumbe two people were killed in Zombo leaving more than 200 others displaced after their houses were set on fire. 

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