For decades, refugees ,locals and humanitarian agencies in the area have been crossing through the river to access services like markets, health facilities, schools and deliver humanitarian aid across since it lacked a bridge.
According to the residents, the soldiers were deployed in the area on Friday last week under unclear circumstances, causing anxiety among the locals. Hakim Alua, a resident of Ocea says they are living in fear since their areas are being patrolled by soldiers whose mission is unknown. He further noted that the soldiers have arrested several youths on unclear charges.
Farmers and locals in Terego have been stuck to growing tobacco as their main source of income, an activity that has had far-reaching implications on the environment due to excessive use of fertilizers. But area leaders have commenced a transition from traditional tobacco-growing to high yielding and drought resistant banana production as both food and cash crops.