South Sudan Islamic Council has called upon business people, government institutions and humanitarian organizations to support conflict affected people in Upper Nile State.
Abdalla Baraj Rwal, Secretary General of the Islamic Council of South Sudan on Monday said that they have formed different committees to mobilize resources to help thousands of people displaced by conflict since August in the state.
“Many people are displaced among them are children who lost their parents, and these children need our support, many of them are now in Melut County, I would like to call upon business people, general public, humanitarian organizations and government institutions to support these people,” said Rwal during press conference held in Juba.
The fighting in Upper Nile was initially between splinter factions of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in opposition (SPLA-IO) but later on pitied the White Army from Jonglei State against the indigenous Shiluk community in Fashoda County of Upper Nile State.
“We are calling upon everybody within and outside South Sudan to come in and support these people, we have already contributed 2.5 million South Sudanese pounds as Islamic Council to support these people but it is not enough,” said Rwal.
Rwal said the humanitarian situation remains dire in Upper Nile State.
“If we join our hands we will be able to support these people, it’s good to help ourselves as South Sudanese than waiting from people from outside to come and help us,” he said.
Rwal called on well-wishers to deliver in-kind support to the office of the Islamic Council or any Mosque within the country.
Ali Mure Ali Awuda, Secretary for Organizations, Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management of the Islamic Council called on other faith-based organizations and as Muslim community to join them in their campaign for Upper Nile.
More than 40,000 civilians have been displaced from the renewed fighting in mid-November in the state putting further pressure on the Malakal protection of civilians’ site.
“Of course as Islamic organization we are not targeting Muslims only but any other citizen who is displaced in Upper Nile region, any other citizen who is in need of support is our target. We don’t have the resources to support, but we are going to move around mobilizing resources from whoever has something to support those who are in dire need,” said Awuda.