South Sudan: Ban condemns renewed violence between opposing factions

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, condemns the recent fighting in South Sudan(Photo: UN/Nyamilepedia)

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, condemns the recent fighting in South Sudan(Photo: UN/Nyamilepedia)

30 October 2014(UN)Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged an immediate end of all hostilities in South Sudan amid a renewed outbreak of violence in two towns in the country’s North, the United Nations confirmed today.

In a statement attributable to UN his spokesperson, Mr. Ban today strongly condemned the flare-up in hostilities between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and Opposition forces in the towns of Bentiu and Rubkona, located in Unity State.

South Sudan has experienced several bouts of violence over the past few months, including an incident in which the UN base in Bentiu came under fire resulting in the wounding of one child. Meanwhile, a prior attack caused hundreds of people to seek shelter at the nearest airport. Approximately 340 civilians took shelter with UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) troops, and then were escorted to safety.

Political in-fighting between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, started in mid-December 2013 and subsequently turned into a full-fledged conflict that has sent nearly 100,000 civilians fleeing to UNMISS bases around the country. The crisis has uprooted some 1.5 million people and placed more than 7 million at risk of hunger and disease.

“This resumption of hostilities is yet again a serious violation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement and undermines the ongoing IGAD [Intergovernmental Authority on Development] efforts to find a political solution to the conflict in South Sudan,” Mr. Ban continued, referring to ongoing regional efforts to bring peace to the young nation.

In addition, the Secretary-General reminded all parties of the inviolability of all UN premises, including UNMISS Protection of Civilian sites, where the Mission is currently protecting some 100,000 displaced civilians – including 49,000 of them in Bentiu alone.

“The Secretary-General also urges both parties to participate constructively in the ongoing political negotiations in Addis Ababa and reach urgently an agreement on inclusive and comprehensive transitional arrangements,” the statement added.

UN News Centre

CALL FOR CALM AMONG SOUTH SUDANESE IN KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP

Press release, SSSAK

By Chol Ajok Barec     

          SSSAK29th October 2014(Nyamilepedia) – THE south Sudan students Association in Kenya (SSSAK) felt disheartened by the deadly incident that occurred two days ago at Kakuma Refugee Camp among south Sudanese refugees in Kenya. We learned this unruliness with shock and disgust that our brothers and sisters who run away from a brutal killings in our country have now replicated the same barbarism among themselves.

We express deep sense of loss for those who perished as a result of this skirmishes; May their souls rest in eternal peace. It is our humble prayer that victims recover quickly from the injuries they might incurred including the young girl who was allegedly raped and was believed to be what triggered the rages. It is an issue that needs to be address and pursued conclusively with civility as per the law of the Kenya. we urge the Kenya police to beef up its patrol around the camps.

It is now very hard for us to comprehend this recurring cruel behavior. You must shun this retrogressive, archaic, and intolerant behavior toward yourselves but rather embrace attitude change while living outside your country’s borders. Develop a change of perceptions that only Promote tolerance, understanding, and respect for each other regardless ethnicity, age and gender disparity. It is now evident that the ongoing war in our country has cascade down to all levels of our society and it is sabotaging our harmonies coexistent, nevertheless, we ought to instantly realized that there is need more than ever before to exhibit utmost courtesy among ourselves and with our neighbors because the present and the future belong to us.

We strongly urged you to be calm and instead adopt our theme of the year, ’ORGANIZE NOT AGONIZE’ ’Make Kakuma refugee camp your peaceful Home for Home is not necessarily where you are born but where you live, hence you should live peacefully as if you are going to be there forever even if you shall go back to our country tomorrow.

We shouldn’t behave as if we lose our senses and began behaving like a rabid dog. Because a rabid dogs, when they are affected, they lose their senses and cannot distinguish themselves from other dogs. They cannot distinguish a friend from a foe. A rabid dog bites anything and everywhere in his path including her body. This is exactly what is happening to us, we forget that we are one people with one goal, one destiny; that is why we have been doing all these along.

The UNHCR have been donated to you food, firewood, shelter, health care et cetera, but remember nobody will ever donate peace to you because it is something natural and indispensable; it is part and parcel of you; until you meditate and give it to yourself, it would never emerge from anywhere else other than yourself. While you’re there, we expects you to utilized the free primary and secondary education afforded and accorded to you by the united nation high commissioner for refugee (UNHCR) so that when you repatriate, you would definitely build a promising future for your family and society at large. Spend your leisure time in recreational activities that are part of a healthy lifestyle as well as to participate freely in sport, physical education drama, literacy, music and other forms of cultural life.

Finally, we request our SSSAK STUDENTS who are recently reported to have visited Kakuma for internships, the likes of Chak Gatnyang Riek and Gabriel Mabior Arok and others to help youth restraint and refrain from such abnormalities. We also extend this message to all SSSAK expatriates wherever they maybe across Kenya to help in restoring calm among the south Sudanese youth fighting in Kakuma refugee camp.

Yours sincerely

Chol Ajok Barec                                                                                        

Vice-Chairman

SSSAK

Signed 29th 10/2014: 11am EAT.

Comprehensive: Reports On Recent Fighting In Unity State!

Updated at 6:10Am, Oct 30, 2014(PST)

Gen. Makal Kuol Deng, one of the leading SPLA in Opposition Generals in Unity State(Photo: Nyamilepedia)

Gen. Makal Kuol Deng, one of the leading SPLA in Opposition Generals in Unity State(Photo: Nyamilepedia)

October 30, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — Latest report from Unity State capital, Bentiu, alleged that the town of Bentiu was captured at 4pm on 29th October, 2014 by the rebels following an intense battle between the warring factions of the divided SPLA.

The intense battles have reportedly escalated into Panriang county, a government stronghold in Unity State that was barely hit by intense battles. The fighting in Panriang, according to the residents, is a direct consequence of government troops retreating toward Warrap State following the three consecutive days of fighting in Unity State.

According to multiple sources, contacted by Nyamilepeida’s editorial team, fighting reached Bentiu town at around 10Am, following two days of intensive military campaign over the oil-fields and the strategic town of Rubkona.

Although the two warring factions agreed that the recent encounters are the most intense battles in Unity State, the two sides claim to be in full control of Bentiu town.

The Government Reports:

Speaking on the state owned SSTV, the government spokesman, Col. Philip Aguer, confirms that fighting broke out at 11:35Am on 29 October, 2014, however, Aguer claims that the government troops have defeated an approximate of 7,000 rebels who attempted an attack on their position.

“Forces of Riek Machar attempt SPLA position in Bentiu town at 11:35Am, and the SPLA government forces fold the attacking that has been estimated by the SPLA commander in the town to be a force of 7000 that attacked Bentiu today, the fighting ranged for four good hours, the SPLA forces in Bentiu under the Maj. Gen. Teny Gatluak are in full control of Bentiu as we speak today” Aguer said on SSTV.

Aguer believes that the battle last four hours and the rebels have suffered heavy casualties, however, the colonel could not clarify whether the over 6,000 rebels remain in the outskirt of Bentiu or retreated to the oil fields.

According to Gordon Buay Malek the fighting began at 11am on 29th October, 2014 and the rebels in “Bentiu and Rubkona were repulsed at 3:00 PM.” The two reports converge, however, contradicts the earlier report by president Salva Kiir.

According to president Salva Kiir, fighting in Bentiu began on Monday, October 27th, 2014, and continues as he addresses the governors forum in Juba.

“there is a fighting going on now in Bentiu as we are here. The rebels of Riek Machar have launched an attack on the positions of the SPLA forces in the area and we are expecting them to do the same in other areas, especially in Upper Nile state,” Salva Kiir told the governors forum in Juba on Monday, 27th October, 2014.

Buay revealed that the government is planning to review its commitment to Jan, 23rd Ceasefire Agreement and shall decide if the government shall resort to war to defeat the rebels.

“Starting from tomorrow, we will review our commitment towards the Ceasefire agreement of Jan, 23rd unless IGAD takes drastic measures against the rebels. The violation of the ceasefire agreement today is unforgivable thing that we, as the government, cannot tolerate. If the rebels want war, then, we have to give it to them.” Buay said.

In other reports, the government delegation to the IGAD led peace talks is considering withdrawing from the peace process in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.

“I believe and I advise our government, the Government of South Sudan that there should be a real protest by withdrawing the delegation and telling the international community that we are for peace but the rebels are not for peace,” Martin Majut told EyeRadio.

The SPLM/SPLA-IO Reports:

According to Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang,  the military spokesman for the SPLA (in Opposition) the Gallant Resistance Fighters liberated Bentiu town in the afternoon of 29th October, 2014.

“the Gallant Resistance Fighters under overall command of Gen.Peter Gatdet Yak this afternoon liberated Bentiu town from Kiir’s genocidal forces.” Brig. Gen. Lul said.

Lul believes that the SPLA forces responded to attacks on their positions North and South of Bentiu town for two consecutive days, which resulted in recapturing of the majors towns, under government control. Lul clarifies that the government forces were pursued in the directions of Mayom and Panrieng.

“In the last two day; the enemy has been attacking us 5km north and 7km south of Bentiu forcing our forces to return a barrage of fires in self-defense leading to the fall of the town. Our forces are consolidating their gains and pursuing these tribal militias towards Mayom and Panrieng.”Lul said.

While responding on Monday to President Salva Kiir’s earlier report, Lul said that the president accused the rebels in advance to secure favor from the regional body, IGAD, and the International community when he later launches his attacks.

“He (Kiir) is only trying to defend his forces by accusing us first, so that when he launches attacks he will blame us instead,” Koang said.

Earlier Fighting in the Oil Fields:

Various sources contacted by Nyamilepedia’s correspondents confirmed that the war broke out on Monday in the Oil-field between the two rival forces and escalated into the strategic towns of Bentiu and Rubkhona.

Although the warring factions traded accusations on attack, most of the Unity state oil fields, which were shutdown in December, 2013, are controlled by the rebels.

According to Gen. Makal Kuol, who command the SPLA-IO operations in the oil fields, a heavily armed government force, estimated to be more than 4000, attacked their position in the early morning of Monday, 27th October, 2014.

The General claims that his forces managed to repulse the government forces after two hours of intense fighting. Gen. Kuol believes that his forces pursued the government troops in two directions; one in direction of Rubkona and another toward Bentiu, a report that Philip Aguer strongly denies.

Gen. Kuol explains that, given the important of oil to Salva Kiir government, the opposition has been anticipating attacks on their position.

“Dictator Salva Kiir planed to attack our position from May, so we were not surprise at all on Monday when they attacked us at 5Am. But we taught them a lesson they will never forget.” Gen. Malakal said.

“We knew they were going to attack us but these young boys call Mathiang Ayoor are not well train to fight our forces. The Dictator Salva Kiir is giving these boys guns and uniforms, go capture oil fields in Unity State, now they are dying everywhere, Salva Kiir must find his oil in Warrap or we will finish his Mathiang Ayoor ” the general said.

Gen. Kuol claims that the rebels intelligence discovered the plan after the government troops crossed over to Unity State at Abiemnoum.

“We control Unity state, so we discovered their plan in time. Our freedom fighters saw them crossing over into Unity state at Abiemnoum, so we knew that they were going to attack us and other important points in Unity state. We got prepared to defend our land and its resources from dictator Salva Kiir.”Gen. Kuol said.

IGAD Blames the Opposition for the Conflict in Unity State:

The IGAD special envoys for South Sudan “strongly condemn the action of SPLA (in Opposition) to initiate the conflict in the area of Bentiu, Unity State, South Sudan.”

The regional body decries the resumption of violence at the resumption of peace talks, which the bloc believes was intentionally plans to affect the good faith portrayed by the South Sudan leaders during consultation in Khartoum, Nairobi, Addis Ababa and Arusha.

“This unfortunate development comes despite the significant progress in the peace talks: in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, where the parties took major steps toward in resolving their outstanding differences; during the recent consultations in Addis Ababa, Khartoum, Nairobi and Juba with IGAD Heads of State and Government” part of the IGAD report of 29th October, 2014

“The commitment by President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar to work together and share power in the transition government; and the decision by the three competing factions in the Intra-SPLM party dialogue in Arusha, Tanzania to accept collective responsibility for the conflict, as witnessed by President Kiir and Dr. Machar. Furthermore, the violence comes at the start of the current session of peace talks in Addis Ababa, and on the eve of the convening of the Assembly of the IGAD Heads of State and Government, and at their specific request, direct negotiations between President Kiir and Dr. Machar” The report continued.

Declaration: Joining the SPLM in Opposition

SPLM-IO,  Canberra Chapter

SPLM-SPLA

October 30, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — The SPLM in Opposition supporters residing in Canberra, the Australian national capital also famous as ‘bush capital’ or ‘ the heart of the nation’ can no longer tolerate the tribally motivated conflict that is overturning South Sudan into rivers of blood. We have taken, as from today, this bold and historical step of joining the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) which is fighting to end the outlawed regime of General Salva Kiir Mayardit and his cult ministers. Kiir and his ‘’yes men” have since December disappointed us. Our dreams for a peaceful country with a flourishing democracy were ruined by them but we could not rush because we thought the regime would change its negative attitude toward civilians. Furthermore, we have been frustrated by how the regime is still footing foreign fighters and mistreating civilians.

Our defection to SPLM-IO under the leadership of Dr Riek Machar and the formation of (SPLM-IO) Chapter in Canberra is a result of a failed administration in Juba which claims to be democratically elected and yet continues to carry out the worse war crimes the world has ever witnessed. As started on December 15th, Salva Kiir and his armed 15,000 Dinka militiamen (called DootKu Beny which means help the president in Dinka) mainly from Dinka youths collected from his own region of Bhar el Ghazal without the knowledge of General Chief of Staff, General James Hoth. In addition, Tiger Battalion under General Marial Chinuong, including the (SPLA), under General James Hoth Mai, and Ugandan Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) have carried out civilians targeted killing based on their ethnicity. Nuer civilians, who bear no connection to Dr Machar’s advocacy for political reforms, were tribally butchered in residential areas of Manga, Guedele, Khoor-Walliam among others in Juba and elsewhere in South Sudan.

Outrageously, the death of 300 Nuer men collected from their homes on December 15-20 around Juba and massacred in a Police Station in Guedele, has convinced us beyond reasonable doubt that this pitiless regime is not for the unity South Sudanese. Apart from over 4,000 unarmed Nuer civilians who were instantly killed in cold-blood in other parts of Juba. The same ethnic targeted killing was also coordinated in Bentiu, Mayom, Leer, Mapel, Paloich, Gerger, Ulang and Malakal where more than 25,000 people believed to have been executed by the regime’s troops who murdered civilians only to retain a self-ruling and hegemony of one ethnic group. These killings have been carried out because the government of South Sudan has turned tribal, and with such government, South Sudan as a young nation with many opportunities and prosperities will never be a free, prosperous and democratic country.

We have also noticed that the leadership under General Salva Kiir have been evil way back prior to 2013 genocide. On December 9th, 2012 this same regime has ordered its armed SPLA to use excessive force to breakdown a peaceful demonstration in Wau, where more than 10 protesters were instantly shot dead with many injuries sustained. So if General Salva Kiir and his ministers were democratically elected as they claimed, how come they used force on innocent civilians? Certainly, using excessive force against civilians is by itself a crime against humanity, crime against freedom of speech, a perfect sign of dictatorship and a clear violation of the transitional constitution of South Sudan. Therefore, it is wise to understand that South Sudan is politically monopolised by a single person, Salva Kiir, who has no interest in reforming government structures by introducing a federal system of governance which is publically supported by many South Sudanese to accelerate development.

South Sudan under his leadership is heading nowhere. Since 2006 after President Kiir took power as a result of the unfortunate death of Dr John Garang in a helicopter crash, our nation has never witnessed any sign of peace and progress due to corruption, nepotism and lack of good governance. Ministers were busy misappropriating public funds. High unemployment and crime rates have also  been seen rising as Salva Kiir and his ministers lack the vision to lead our country forward in spite of huge oil revenues sufficient to address such deficits. Simple issues such as Land-grabbing in Equatoria region, cattle raids between Lou-Nuer and Murle and tribal feuds in Lakes State which continue until present days are left unaddressed.

Of course, such madmen are not for freedom as their job is to steal public funds and using them to enrich themselves and also pulling our country backward by building their tribal Empire in South Sudan. Seemingly their dream of setting us up, inviting foreign muggers and failing our nation is coming to reality, as from now every tribe is fully armed by Kiir and his madcap friend ‘Museveni of Uganda’, whose hand is stained with innocent blood, to only fight one tribe, the Nuer which is by all means is part and parcel of South Sudan. As we all know there is no nation without diverse cultures, Salva Kiir cannot run South Sudan without “Naath”, the Nuer people. Therefore, South Sudanese must be reoriented to adopt a culture of peace and tolerance through a fair and transparent leadership of Dr Riek Machar whose dream is to promote democracy and the rule of law where our rich and multi-ethnic cultures will live in harmony.

Our decision for switching allegiance to SPLM in Opposition is to condemn his brutal leadership which massacred innocent civilians, and a call for a federal system of governance, national unity, equality, nation building, and freedom of speech where every tribe and individual will be equally respected in a Federal Republic of South Sudan. Our bold move will also pave ways to those who are yet in doubt on who to support in this current turmoil. As concerned citizens and executive members of the SPLM-IO, Canberra Chapter, our message is: “wake up and fight not only for your freedom and that of your children but also for the freedom of your grand-children”. Freedom is not free but is attained by sacrificing lives. South Sudan is not Salva Kiir’s personal asset, and thus his regime must be ousted either peacefully or coercively, especially when it is using excessive force against innocent civilians in their respected geographical locations.

May God bless you and bless South Sudan

Signed by:

Gak Woul, Chairperson of the SPLM-IO, Canberra.
Gattuak Guek, Secretary General of the SPLM-IO, Canberra.
Stephen Jovensio, Treasurer, SPLM-IO-, Canberra.
James Lokudu, Information Secretary, SPLM-IO, Canberra.
Manyuon Kuel, Welfare Co-ordinator, SPLM-IO, Canberra.

Chinese Company, HUAWEI Technologies, Apologizes for “Malicious Practices” In South Sudan!

Huawei

October 29, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — The Chinese Company, Huawei Technologies, deeply regrets the inappropriate email incident of 3rd October, 2014.

On October 17th, 2014, the South Sudan’s foreign affairs Minister, Dr. Marial Benjamin wrote a concern letter to Chinese ambassador to South Sudan over a list of inappropriate incidents that involve Huawei Technologies.

According to Dr. Marial Benjamin, the company, Huawei Technologies, attempted to send a forged document to the President of Export-Import Bank of China, Hon. Li Ruogu, requesting him to postpone the agreed funding of the Digital Migration TV project for South Sudan.

The forged document explains, on behaved of South Sudan, that Huawei has, allegedly, been investigating the Digital TV project in Africa and discovered what they termed as “ the big problems” with the contract price of the agreed South Sudan Digital TV project.

According to the forged document of Huawei technologies, the company allegedly discovered a better price of $20 Million USD instead of the agreed $51 millions USD for phase one of the Digital TV project, and for such the South Sudan’s Minister of Information and Broadcasting, allegedly, postponed the agreed funding of the Digital TV project.

The forged letter was emailed to Mr. Paul Jacob Kumbo, the South Sudan’s Ag. Director of Information, in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, by Mr. Sullivan Chen (aka Chen Nan) of Huawei Technologies to be printed on a letter head, signed and stamped, according to Dr. Marial Benjamin.

Dr. Marial believes that this was his second letter this year to the ambassador reporting what he terms as “over competitive behavior” of Huawei Technologies following the earlier incident in May.

The Foreign Affairs minister also decried that the Director of Huawei failed to response or meet the Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Hon. Makuei Lueth, who summoned the director or a representative to see him within 24 hours to explain the “malicious practices.”

“After such a malicious practice was revealed, the Hon. Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Mr. Michael Makui Lueth, summoned the Managing Director or any other senior staff in Huawei Company on Thursday 9th October 2014, to see him on Friday 10th October 2014, in order to explain their intention, but to our surprise, the Hon. Minister’s summon was ignored and no one reported to him” Dr. Marial Benjamin explains in his letter to Ambassador.

In their response, after the company was contacted by the Chinese Ambassador to South Sudan, Huawei Technologies internally investigated the case and discovered that Mr.Chen Nan (Sullivan Chen), an employee, sent the email at 10:48 Am, October 3rd, 2014. However, the company regrets that Mr. Chen Nan never consulted the company over his intention.

“Mr. Chen has neither reported to the Management of Huawei in regards of the email nor mentioned the summon notice from the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting after the incident occur” The feedback letter reads.

“Moreover he is not even the authorized account person responsible for the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at all. Huawei would like to express the deep regret for any inconvenience it may occur to you” Huawei’s letter continued.

Huawei confesses that the email is “purely individual behavior” that remains under thorough internal investigation, pending legal implications.

The company commits to friendly cooperation with the government of South Sudan, and to follow the principles of “Fairness. Justice, legality” in business.

South Sudan IDPs Fight In UN Compounds in Juba and Malakal

Updated at 9:00pm, 28th Oct, 2014(PST)

Mutliple cases of fighting among the South Sudanese refugees and IDPs from Malakal, Juba and in the neighboring countries, Kenya and Uganda have sparked the conflict over the weekend(Photo: past file)

Multiple cases of fighting among the South Sudanese refugees and IDPs in Malakal, Juba and in the neighboring countries, Kenya and Uganda, have sparked the conflict over the weekend(Photo: past file)

October 28, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — Latest reports from the Upper Nile State’s capital, Malakal, confirm that an Inter-tribal fighting at the UNMISS compound has left, at least, one person dead and multiple others injured.

According to the internally displaced persons at the site, the fight broke out between the Nuer and the Chollo (Shilluck) tribes, a report that has been independently verified by Nyamilepedia’s correspondents.

According to the correspondents, who have monitored the situation, tension has engulfed the UN base for days following the recent disappearances and kidnappings of targeted members of Nuer Ethnic group.

The UN mission in the country is reportedly making attempts to separate and regroup the IDPs on gender bases and age to reduce chances of further encounters.

The IDPs in Malakal have fought among themselves in the past, leaving scores dead, however, the UNMISS has made attempts to restore peace in the camps.

Latest reports on the kidnapping of World Food Programme (WFP) employee, Mark Diang, however, has put the UNMISS mandate in the country on test.

Read: South Sudan: Nuer-UN Worker Kidnapped In Malakal, Upper Nile State!

Read: Alleged Conspiracy Within UNMISS And Disappearance of UN Workers!

Fighting in Juba, UN Base, Leaves over 60 IDPs injured

According to the latest reports of the United Nations, more than 60 civilians were injured on Sunday, 26th October, after fighting broke out at the IDPs site next to the United Nations House on the outskirts of Juba, South Sudan, the UN spokesperson reports.

The United Nation Mission in South Sudan(UNMISS) has confirmed that, at least four IDPs were seriously injured and “two” UN peacekeepers sustained minor injuries.

The UNMISS peacekeepers fired warning shots and tear gas to halt the clashes. Latest reports confirm that calm has been restored at the UN base in Juba.

“By late afternoon yesterday [Sunday], however, the situation was brought under control,” said UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric at a press briefing.

“The Mission is investigating the cause of the rioting, and two suspects have been detained by UN Police on suspicion of allegedly instigating the violence,” he added.

According to the IDPs, reached by Nyamilepedia’s correspondents, the fight was instigated by suspected case of “adultery”.

The fighting, which involved sections of Nuer Ethnic groups, was reportedly intense. An approximate of 10,000 IDPs, according to the UN reports, live here!

Similar case of inter-tribal fighting broke out between the Dinka and the Nuer refugees in Kakuma Refugees camp at about 5pm on Sunday, 26th October. By Tuesday afternoon, 9 refugees are believed dead, however, the Kenyan polices intervened, firing bullets and tear gas to separate the warring sides.

The report further claims that a boy, was unfortunately, hit by a stray bullet during the warning shots campaign to separate the warring tribes. Our correspondents confirmed that he has been rushed to Kakuma hospital, where he is receiving treatment.

According to the UNHCR spokesperson, Emmanuel Nyabera, the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR) and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) are working closely with the Kenyan police to restore calm.

Testimonial: Why I Support Dr. Riek Machar For Democratic Change Despite The Series of Atrocities!

By Jesus Deng Mading-Chual,

Opinion.

Mabior Garang de Mabior with Dr. Riek Machar and Deng Mading Chaui in Nasir, 2014(Photo: Mading)

Mabior Garang de Mabior with Dr. Riek Machar and Deng Mading Chaui in Nasir, 2014(Photo: Mading)

October 28, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — My community hates my boss Dr Riek Machar for the 1991 atrocities he committed, I know his forces killed my grandmother Abideng Deng Ayuel, grandfather Bior Aguer Bior (Anyarpeei) and Manyoun Deng Aweer respectively in Kongor district. They all ended up victims of SPLA-SPLM split, all cows were taken, houses burnt and women raped and all hope
was gone.

After 24 years of my grandparents death I became number one loyalist to Dr Riek Machar because I know nothing will bring them back apart from a democratic and peaceful South Sudan. I know revenge is a luxury a country can not afford!

I prefer Dr Riek to be my angel because he just robbed me of my grannies who could have die from any illness without his
forces.

I deserted and fight my tribesman, Salva Kiir Mayardit, because he is robbing me of something which can live forever, it never die like my grannies, generation comes and goes and it still remain the same, I can not find it anywhere and that is my country SOUTH SUDAN.

I can’t keep an old wound fresh, it must heal so that South Sudanese people can live together as one. I must support Dr Riek to brush off the circle of revenge on tribal bases.

Zee Machar grannies were killed in Ayod and Kuacdenk in 1992 by Bior Ajang Duot and George Athor Deng forces to compensate the lives their Dinka people lost, the cows that were all taken, the houses that were burnt and women that were raped and all hope that was gone.

The history repeated itself again when Salva Kiir killed Zee Machar parents in Juba massacre and my cousins were killed by the white army forces in Bor-town in the series of circle of revenge.

There can be nothing call South Sudan if my children and children of Zee Machar take up arms again after 40 years time and kill themselves due to tribal hatred of 1991 and 2013.

We must find an everlasting solution to end tribal killing in South Sudan and that is why  I am in Dr Riek’s Camp and comrade Gordon Buay in Salva Kiir’s camp. This is what it means to be a nation that can prevent future genocides.