Aid agencies conduct needs assessment in Kapoeta North

Humanitarian partners are conducting a needs assessment in Kapoeta North County following last month’s devastating attacks by suspected cattle raiders.

In July, more than 100 people were killed and several others wounded in a cattle raid in Najie and Chumakori Payams by suspected youth from Budi County and neighboring Pibor Administrative Area.

The raiders disappeared into the forest with hundreds of cattle.

Many of the affected families moved to Kapoeta town in search of food after losing their animals and crops.

A team from the Danish Refugee Council & Norwegian Refugee Council are said to have visited the conflict-affected families in the area.

Emmanuel Lolimo Epone, Kapoeta North County Commissioner said the needs assessment will be conducted within 11 days.

The assessment team will visit Lokwamor, Chumakori and Najie Payams.

“We received team of about 7 from a consortium of 2 partners. I think the partners are trying to help the people of Kapoeta North County who have been affected due to cattle raiding,” he said.

Commissioner Lolimo added that the affected communities also require psychosocial support, apart from food assistance.