Thousands of people fled fighting in areas occupied by the Lou Nuer ethnic group in Bieh state and moved to Panyang county in Jonglei state between February and 5 March. They joined about 5,600 people already there, having fled from Uror county in Eastern Bieh state to Panyang county, seeking food, water and medicines. Some people came from a protection of civilians site in Juba. The group included women, children and older people (Sudan Tribune, 4 March 2017).
People fled heavy fighting around Yuai town in Uror between pro-government forces and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA – IO) for control of the town. Yuai is a stronghold of the white army, a group of youth allied to the SPLM-IO and loyal to exiled opposition leader Riek Machar (Sudan Tribune, 16 February 2017).