Over 80 victims of Tonj clashes flown to Juba

Over 80 victims of Tonj clashes flown to Juba
The Map of South Sudan Highlighting embattled Warrap State (photo credit: courtesy)

At least 80 people who were wounded in the inter-communal clashes in Romathieng village, Tonj East County of Warrap State, on Sunday have been airlifted to Juba for treatment.

The communal fight left 35 people dead and 80 others wounded, authorities in Warrap State have said.

Minister for Culture, Youth and Sports Agok Ayaar Chieng, who is also the acting Minister of Information in Warrap State, said the wounded persons were in critical condition and had to be airlifted to Juba for treatment.

“The situation has [stabilized] since Monday and yesterday; nothing had happened. The area is quiet and normal, there is no more fighting that had taken place,” Ayaar told The City Review in a telephone interview yesterday.

However, he did not disclose whether the victims were airlifted to Juba by the government or the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Ayaar said a team from the state government including the security organs had traveled to the area to investigate the cause of the fighting.

In August 2021, the same communities clashed in the same village of Romathieng. The clashes were among the communities of Tonj East County and Tonj North County as well within a section of the Thiik community of Tonj East.

Authorities in Warrap State said by then that despite relative calm realized after the two-day deadly communal clashes, the security situation in Tonj remained “unpredictable” as tension flared among communities.

The Warrap State Minister of Information and Communication Riing Deng Ading told The City Review in August that, “the number [of people] confirmed [dead] now is 31 and 29 others were wounded. The situation is calm.

The government has taken the initiative that there should be disarmament but at the moment it is not [a primary] solution. [So] we decided to go for dialogue first and disarmament will be later.”