Lainya County appeals for schools renovation

Lainya County appeals for schools renovation
Primary school children in Lainya County prepare to receive scholastic materials from Thai peacekeeping forces (photo credit: UNMISS)

Lainya County in Central Equatoria State has appealed for the renovation of schools and health facilities in the area to meet the need of returnees.

Lainya County Commissioner Emmanuel Khemis said it was very costly for the county to renovate the damaged schools and health buildings located within Payams and Bomas.

Since the beginning of the year, people who fled from the area have started coming home after the relative calm.

 “Some of the schools are now in operation including Primary Health Care Centres (PHCC) but those facilities need renovation because they are in poor condition,” Khemis told City Review from Lainya on a telephone interview yesterday.

The majority of the people in Lainya, Kajo Keji, Yei River counties fled their homes to refugee camps in the West Nile Districts in Uganda in the aftermath of the 2016 conflict. The war broke out in Juba and quickly spread to the southern parts of the country.

More people were also displaced this year after forces loyal to Gen. Thomas Cirilo and the government repeatedly clashed in the area.

According to Khemis, the majority of the refugees have not yet returned to the area.