South Sudanese Bishop Decries Fresh Displacement of People from Villages

Bishop Erkolano Ladu Tombe of South Sudan's Yei Diocese

The Bishop of South Sudan’s Yei Diocese has condemned the continuous looting and displacement of people in several villages of the East Central Africa country at a moment he says various parties are struggling to implement a peace deal to foster unity in the country.

In his Sunday, March 28 homily broadcast on the Diocesan Radio Easter, that is part of the Catholic Radio Network, Bishop Erkolano Ladu Tombe reported that a big number of civilians are now staying at at the Episcopal Church of South Sudan compound after being forced out of their own villages.

“We now have many internally displaced people here,” Bishop Erkolano said, and added, “A big number of them are in town now putting up structures at the ECS Compound. It is difficult to understand how people can be displaced from their villages and turned to misery.”

Highlighting some of the areas notorious for violence, the Bishop said, “We don’t hear of fighting but we hear of people being looted and being sent away from their homes especially in Lasu and mostly Obasi area, people who are trying to make the best of their lives.”

The 77-year-old Catholic Bishop expressed bewilderment that despite the numerous talks of peace by leaders, there was very little to show for it. 


In his March 28 homily, the Local Ordinary in South Sudan called upon the citizens in his Diocese to halt from infringing on the rights of others.

“Let us stop disturbing people, stop disturbing your peace… Let what we say correspond to what we do. Whatever is happening on the ground at the moment is not peace, there is no peace yet in the villages,” he said.

South Sudan ended the 6-year civil war with a formation of coalition government in February last year and most parts of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) are presently not seen implemented by the parties.

Over 400,000 people died in the then conflict in South Sudan, while 2.2 million people have fled to neighboring nations. Over 1.4 million civilians were internally displaced in the country.