- INTRODUCTIONS AND BACKGROUN
Lopit area is in Southern Sudan, Eastern Equatoria Province Lopit Hills, North East of Torit town, West of Kapoeta town, North of Hiyala Payam, and South of Lafon Payam.
The climatic condition is mainly savannah grassland with rainfall enough to cultivate and raise cattle. Wildlife is plentiful, and crops such as sorghum, millet sesame, groundnuts, maize, beans of different kinds and vegetables are grown.
Lopit population according to UNICEF and World Food Program is 250,000. Their traditions, customs, and affinities are similar to Lotuho, Buya, Lokwaya, Lango, Didinga and Dongotono. Raids from the surrounding ethnic groups make life so difficult that the people could not live in the plains, but had to move to the mountains for defense purposes.
The destructive and tragic war in Sudan continues to require relief efforts around conflicts zones. But there is a momentum building in many areas under the administration of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) to identify and build upon its vast and varied national resources in pursuit of a people-led development program.
LCNC is a community Corporation form in Diaspora partnership with Community Rehabilitation and Development Association, which is the community, based indigenous Non-Governmental Organization; borne out of the minds and initiatives of concerned South Sudanese who seek to improve the living standards of the people in areas affected by the current civil war. Torit County is one of the areas most affected by the current war. It has few NGOs and churches that are trying to reach the masses of people with insufficient services like drugs and pastoral services. These churches’ and NGOs’ interventions have only met the needs of less than 2% of the local population. This is due to the vastness of the area, and difficulties in conducting proper consultation with program stakeholders in the informal sector.
This Community based organization was principally formed to address socio-development issues and inter-ethnic conflicts affecting the populations. These problems are affecting all spheres of people’s life in South Sudan, especially of those in Eastern Equatoria.