Catholics in South Sudan’s Tombura-Yambio Diocese Donate to Thousands Displaced in Clashes

Some Internally Displaced People (IDPs) assembling at South Sudan's St. Mary Queen of Peace Parish in the Diocese of Tombura-Yambio. Credit: ACI Africa

About 2,000 victims of recent clashes in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria State have benefitted from donations that were organized by well-wishers in the country’s Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio.

The victims are among those who were displaced three weeks ago after the members of Azande and Balanda communities clashed and displaced thousands from their ancestral homes in the South Sudanese State.

Reporting about the charity activities that kicked off last week on July 13, the acting program administrator in the Diocese of Tombura-Yambio, Kia Moses, told the press, “The Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio on Tuesday until today started giving humanitarian aid to IDPs who ran from violent attacks in Tombura, Mabenge, Gbatanzere, and Kpatanayo in Rii-Yubu Payam.”

He added in the July 17 address, “We took the food and non-food items to the IDPs; they are contributions from well-wishers from different groups in Yambio.”

On June 25, religious leaders in Equatoria State, including the Catholic Bishop of Tombura-Yambio Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala, condemned the violence and decried the displacement, kidnapping and killing of people “in cold blood.”


Following the incident in Tombura-Yambio, Mr. Kia revealed the Catholic Bishop appealed to all people of goodwill especially parishioners in the diocese to give a hand in support of the victims of the clashes.

“This food came after Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro initiated local contributions in all parishes, institutions and individuals to support the IDPs in the affected area,” the Administrator said.

At the distribution centre, the Western Equatoria Member of Parliament, Monoko Leone Rudolf urged all citizens, church members, institutions and well-wishers to continue contributing aid through the Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio.

The government official said, “The door remains open to receive bags of sugar, bags of maize, rice, groundnuts, clothes, money, utensils and bathing buckets for us to assist our people who have been displaced from their homes in Western Equatoria State.”

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The three-day distribution exercise, which was conducted over the weekend has been reported to have reached nearly 2,000 people.