- The South Sudanese armed men take advantage of the porous borders
- Five other locals and refugees were abducted during the raid
- The two Presidents of Uganda South Sudan in 2009 met to resolve the border crisis
- Only four animals have been recovered and two escaped from captivity and one killed
By Metedio Iceta
Moyo. The South Sudanese armed men have crossed into Gbari Village in Moyo district and raided over 200 herds of cattle belonging to the locals and South Sudanese as they went on to graze.
Others were raided from the homes. Gbari has been the epicenter of attacks from armed men in South Sudan since 2004. Due to the Wednesday raid, Gbari Health Centre and Primary School have closed due to fears of insecurities in the area.
Ms Jilda Drazio, a Midwife at Gbari Health Center II said the incident has created worries and there is no way Health workers can stay in such environment without security personnel.
“When I saw this people (South Sudanese Soldiers) I knew they were not the village members and immediately one came and stood behind me with his gun that made me to worry of my life,” Drazio said.
Top: UPDF soldiers and policemen in pursuit of the South Sudanese armed men who raided Gbari village as pupils abandon Gbari primary school. Photos by Metedio Iceta.
The efforts by the UPDF soldiers and policemen to recover the animals failed after they were engaged in gun shooting with the South Sudanese. The number of the UPDF and policemen were few. They then retreated back to Uganda.
“We also took off as we were running and found some network which made us to communicate to Giso and Our district Health officer. I am worried to work here because of the insecurity,” she said.
Mr Emmanuel Adebasiku, a teacher at Gbari Primary School told West Nile Press Online that after the pupils saw the soldiers in the school compound they took off in disarray. “Some children have not reunited with their parents as you can see this parent is crying for where about of her children”, He said
Only four cows and 20 goats were recovered. The Acting District Police Commander, Denis Ocircan, said nobody should get worried of working or residing in the area. “We are going to ensure security forces are deployed. The police are expecting cooperation and any stranger you see around should be reported to relevant authority immediately,” Ocircan said.
An assessment team discovered that 19,000 people were displaced; 206 houses burnt down, five people killed on spot (with13 more dying later of machete wounds) and 20 injured.
Thirteen people went missing in September 2014 and three women were abducted and raped. Properties lost included 800 head of cattle, 1200 goats, at least 130 sheep, 630 pigs and many chickens.
Properties looted from shops and food stores included 34 tons of maize, 25 tons of beans, 15 tons of soya beans, 10 tons of ground nuts, and 25 tons of dried cassava.