Fr. Vino explained that the clash that arose more than a week ago between the two sections of the same Mundari tribe of the country’s Central Equatoria has not only left houses burnt to ashes but also claimed the lives of many civilians.
“I heard that some have been shot dead, houses were burnt and the people who came from the other side pushed these people towards us and they took refuge here in Luri Holy Cross Chapel,” the Missionary Cleric explained.
According to the Cleric of the Missionaries of Mary Immaculate (MMI), assessment of the arrivals in Luri has been made and the accurate details would be presented to charity organizations in the country to intervene.
When he spoke to ACI Africa, Fr. Vino noted that a list of 763 internally displaced people, including women, children and elderly people had been made and that about 700 of these had already been provided with basic necessities by the Legion of Mary.
He said that some of the clothes distributed had been collected for six months and were intended for the poor people in hospitals and orphanages.
“The clothes are the ones I collected during the five to six months because we were doing our ministry in the central prison in Juba and then in the hospital and orphanage homes,” the Indian-born Cleric told ACI Africa.
He added, “During this season of COVID-19, we could not go distribute these things and now those clothes are the ones we gave to the IDPs and they are very happy.”
Fr. Vino also disclosed that the cause of the clashes that led to the displacement was a shortage of water and pastures.
“All the men are still in the bushes fighting over cattle, water and pastures and those who couldn’t join the fight have now taken refuge in our Chapel,” the member of MMI told ACI Africa October 27.
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