AUTHOR: Daniel Garang Deng | PUBLISHED: September 22, 2022
President Salva Kiir meeting community leaders from the POCs at the State House on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.
Credit//Office of the President
President Salva Kiir has once again urged South Sudanese living in the United Nations temporary camps to return home and rebuild their lives.
The President reassured the internally displaced persons of his commitment to their safety and security.
He made the assurance during a meeting with chiefs, and community leaders at the State House on Wednesday.
Some traditional leaders from the UN Protection of Civilians Sites in Juba paid a visit to the President to discuss their plight.
They spoke about the poor living conditions in the camps, including lack of proper shelter, food, clean water and other necessities.
They also appealed to the President to help identify land where they can relocate and rebuild in Central Equatoria state.
In his remarks, President Salva Kiir underscored his commitment to the safety of everyone.
“You are all my people, the problem that I have not been meeting you is because you decided to lock yourself inside the POCs,” he said.
The President reportedly promised to grant the request of a land which the IDPs can used to relocate to.
“I urge you to come out of POCs and find settlement so that you can build your lives and raise your families. Go and tell those that are still hiding in the camps that you have met Salva Kiir and he is ready to welcome and meet you anytime.”
The chiefs and community leaders were led in a meeting with the President by Hon. James Kok Ruei.
Most the IDPs were displaced by conflicts in 2013 and 2016.
According to UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, there are over 2 million South Sudanese IDPs living in the POCs across the country.