One hundred and sixty families return to Mabek village after over a decade

Abyei Administrative Area government officials in Mabek. | Credit: Chol Ayiik Chol

Hundred and sixty families returned to Mabek village in Mijak county of Abyei Administrative Area this week. The residents fled the village to safer parts of the area following the armed violence in 2008 and 2011.

The executive director of Mijak county says the return of the people was voluntary. Mr. Mawien Lueth told Abyei FM that the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei is supplying water to the returnees. However, he says they are facing shortage of health services.

Mr. Bol Makuach is one of the returnees who came from Agok in Rumamer county. He says they suffer shortage of food, and shelter as it is cold. He is appealing to humanitarian organizations to intervene.

Last week, authorities relocated Mijak county headquarters to Mabek as part of encouraging voluntary return of internally displaced persons homes.