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Red Cross repatriates five South Sudan POWs to Juba


February 11, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) announced Monday the arrival in Juba of five South Sudanese soldiers that Sudan handed to the international group on the same day.

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Freed South Sudanese prisoners board a Red Cross plane at the airport in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur state on February 11, 2013 (ICRC)

The Sudan Armed Forces announced on 6 February that five soldiers from the South Sudanese army (SPLA) would be released on 11 February in Nyala, after their arrest in Kafan Dibi in South Darfur state.

"An aircraft belonging to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) arrived in Juba today with five South Sudanese ex-prisoners of war aboard", said a statement released by the group.

It further said that an ICRC delegate accompanied the five prisoners of war.

"We are glad that these five men were able to return to their country," said Jean-Christophe Sandoz, head of the ICRC delegation in Sudan.

The ICRC has been working since 1978 in Sudan. It opened a delegation in South Sudan in 2011 after the independence of the new country in July 2011.

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FILE - International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegate and Sudanese officer signing hand-over documents for the repatriation of PoWs February 11,2013 (ICRC)

In April 2012, the ICRC repatriated 13 Sudanese ex-prisoners of war after the South Sudanese authorities had released them, and in September it helped repatriate 19 South Sudanese prisoners of war released by Sudan.

Sudan had said the five soldiers were captured in mid-2012 in an area called Kafan Dibi, which is part of South Darfur state, during an incursion attempt by the SPLA. It is one of the border regions that are in dispute between Khartoum and Juba.

Darfur rebels fighting Khartoum since 2003 reportedly managed to occupy Kafan Dibi briefly in May of last year before the SAF recaptured it.

Sudan accused SPLA of taking part in the fighting alongside the rebels.

The Sudanese army said releasing the POW’s was made as a gesture of goodwill and urged Juba to do the same and free SAF prisoners in its custody.

Khartoum and Juba accuse each other of supporting rebel groups either side of the border. Also there are several zones on the common border the two parties claim. They have failed to activate a buffer zone they agreed on in September 2012.


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  • 12 February 2013 06:08, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    These are not pure soldiers,they are civilian who has been in western Sudan since,I can not and there is no any trust in Sudan in releasing SPLA soldiers.

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    • 12 February 2013 09:52, by Northern Sudanese

      okucu pa lotinokwan
      haahahhahaha civilians, if they were civilians why would the red cross even bother to intervene? they were your dumb soldiers trying to steal sudanese territory and got captured

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      • 12 February 2013 09:57, by Northern Sudanese

        okucu pa lotinokwan
        we don’t take oil workers and hospital staff and call them POWs like you insects!

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        • 12 February 2013 12:18, by Peter Mading

          Why do poor arabs called owners of Sudan insects? Is it because they leave you in dry land and move back to green land that is rich and that make you jealous and greedy to snatch their oil and land? Just wait for your pay you red monkeys.

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          • 12 February 2013 13:00, by Northern Sudanese

            Peter Mading
            our dry land has over 200 million fedans of arable land, more than twice of south sudan. our dry land has some of the largest gold mines in the world. our dry land is a land of opportunities. your oil is to halve by 2020 , more than halve your people depend on food aid , the worst health crisis in the world are in your country. jealous of your country? in your dreams!

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            • 12 February 2013 18:15, by Rommel

              Northern Sudanese:
              Please direct me to the source supporting your assertion that Sudan has two [2] times as much arable land as South Sudan. South Sudan has far more arable land than Sudan; arable in Sudan constitutes around 7.7% of its landmass; arable land in South Sudan hovers around 90-95% of its landmass. Do the math.

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              • 12 February 2013 18:36, by Rommel

                There is absolutely nothing precluding South Sudan from being able to irrigate its vast arable land and wean itself from its dependence on nature and the impermanence and unpredictability of annual rainfall. South Sudan receives far more rainfall than Sudan, in case you were wondering.

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                • 12 February 2013 18:51, by Northern Sudanese

                  did you know that lakes state crop has failed due to lack of rain? lol
                  Sudan farming depends on irrigation due to lack of rain and irrigation is more important than rainfall. through irrigation you can farm the whole year while depending on rainfall you only farm a few months. thats why we are building dams for irrigation, look up Roseires dam which has just been completed!

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                  • 12 February 2013 19:13, by Rommel

                    Northern Sudanese:
                    Did you not read what I already posted!? I’ve already acknowledged that the unpredictability of the rains can and must be surmounted through irrigation. Even though your country is presided over by genocidal maniacs, I have got to give them credit for embarking on such ambitious and exceedingly beneficial projects. Congratulations!

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                    • 12 February 2013 19:32, by Northern Sudanese

                      you said ’’South Sudan receives far more rainfall than Sudan, in case you were wondering.’’ i was replying to that quote, just to show you that rainfall is great but its doing no good in agriculture, which we are currently talking about!

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              • 12 February 2013 18:41, by Northern Sudanese

                i don’t know where you get your figures from, anyway, south sudan has only 30 million hectares of arable land! far less than sudan, look it up!
                most farmland of previous sudan were located in central sudan and between the white and blue nile! also the states of gezira and sennar, the most famous states for agriculture

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                • 12 February 2013 19:02, by Rommel

                  Northern Sudanese:
                  How about you and I make a deal: I’ll provide you with my sources, but you then have to provide me with your sources... deal? I wish there was a way to do a pinky swear over the Internet. A way that would allow me to reach through my screen and physically pinky swear. LOL. Question: Do you know the difference between arable land and agricultural land?

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                  • 12 February 2013 19:10, by Northern Sudanese

                    stop those silly questions and provide some sources, i provided you with mine now you show me yours!

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                    • 12 February 2013 19:39, by Rommel

                      Northern Sudanese:
                      Don’t be so impolite. I didn’t ask any silly questions — I in fact asked a very pertinent question. I needed to infer just what parameters you were using. Your first source verges on the incoherent and talks of Sudan’s "200 million arable lands" without specifying whether this is in acres or hectares. So your first source is an inadmissible dud.

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                      • 12 February 2013 19:51, by Northern Sudanese

                        then ask a proper question! don’t say ’’do you know the meaning between arable and farmland?’’
                        Ask like this
                        ’’what is a feddan?’’
                        ’’how big is a feddan?’’
                        In Sudan we don’t use the terms acres or hectares, we use the term ’’Feddans’’. same thing with Egypt & Syria but i guess in Syria its different in size. a fedan is bigger than an acre and i think %42 the size of a hectare.

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                        • 12 February 2013 20:14, by Rommel

                          Northern Sudanese:
                          I did ask a proper question and I already know the definition of a feddan and I know that you use feddans in lieu of hectares or acres. Don’t be needlessly churlish.

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                          • 12 February 2013 20:34, by Northern Sudanese

                            Again you said : "200 million arable lands" without specifying whether this is in acres or hectares.
                            if you knew what fedan meant then why would you say that quote on the first place?

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                            • 12 February 2013 21:17, by Rommel

                              Northern Sudanese:
                              I was pointing out the incoherence, imprecise and ambiguous language used in your first source. I know the definitions. Your first source is inadmissible.

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                      • 12 February 2013 20:09, by Rommel

                        Your second source is not incoherent, but it is, however, ambigious and imprecise, because it states that South Sudan’s arable land is *over* 30 million hectares; it doesn’t unequivocably state that it only has 30 million hectares. You can accuse me of being pedantic, but I am exacting when I analyse information.

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                        • 12 February 2013 20:33, by Northern Sudanese

                          they are all ’’estimates’’ , that its over 30 million doesn’t directly mean 80 million or 100. when they say over 30 million then they mean between 30-35 million. same with my figures, estimates!
                          still in all cases sudan has more arable land!

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                • 12 February 2013 19:15, by Northern Sudanese

                  now according to the sources i showed you, there were between 120 million to 150 million hectares of arable land (potential farmland, graze land ect.) after independence of south sudan, south sudan has an estimated 30 million hectares of arable land!
                  150 - 30 = 120 millon hectares ( left in sudan )
                  120 - 30 = 90 million hectares ( left in sudan )
                  in both estimates we have more farmland in sudan!

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                  • 12 February 2013 20:26, by Rommel

                    Northern Sudanese:
                    Your third source speaks of a 120-150 millions hectares of potential grazing land. You don’t even know the significance of this wording, do you? Grazing land is distinct from arable land and has the worst yield to square kilometer rate on virtually any part of the planet. You have conflated the two by treating them as virtual synonyms.

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                    • 12 February 2013 20:38, by Rommel

                      All that you have proven is that you (potentially) have 120-150 million hectares of *grazing* land — not arable land... *grazing* land. And of course you currently have more farm land — land that is being farmed; there’s a reason for that Sherlock, South Sudan was a theater of military operations for decades.

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                      • 12 February 2013 21:13, by Northern Sudanese

                        dude, grazing land is part of the claimed agricultural land of between 90-120 million hectares.
                        in fact, 200 million fedans of arable land is equivant to 85-90 billion hectares , the rest can be considered grazing land or types of land. far more than south sudan, most which is untouched. we aren’t speaking about cultivated land, we are speaking about total lands!

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                    • 12 February 2013 20:39, by Northern Sudanese

                      listen right, when its about agricultural land, agricultural land can be combined of arable land , grazing land ect..... same goes in every other country when they count the land for agriculture
                      out of this land, south sudan has a total space of 30 million hectares for agriculture, sudan had between 120-150 when south sudan seceded they are between 90-120

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                      • 12 February 2013 20:47, by Rommel

                        Northern Sudanese:
                        There’s a difference between agricultural land, arable land and grazing land, whether or not you acknowledge this is immaterial. Allow me to educate you by way of an example:

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                        • 12 February 2013 20:50, by Rommel

                          According to the data 62% of the Australian landmass is agricultural land. Approximately 91% of that agricultural land is arid and semi-arid land and only used for grazing, much of it with low level stock carrying capacity. Which means. Which means only about 9% of that agricultural land mass is used for crops...

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                          • 12 February 2013 21:00, by Rommel

                            .. and only a proportion of that is irrigated. And only a proportion of that irrigated land can rely on water year from year to year. Do you understand!? According to analyst, 80% of South Sudan is arable land while only 7% of Sudan is arable land. Sources: http://ergo.net/South_Sudan.pdf

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                            • 12 February 2013 21:11, by Rommel

                              Calculate what 7% (arable land) of 1,886,068 km2 is — which is your country’s size. Now calculate what 80% of 619,745 km2 is — which is South Sudan’s size. What do you come up with? South Sudan is a young Nation and finding credible information on it is terribly difficult. We have no deserts and virtually no bad soil. You do not have more arable land.

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                              • 12 February 2013 21:16, by Northern Sudanese

                                your figures are wrong, in total sudan has 200 million hectares of ’’Arable’’ land, 200 million hectares is equivalent to 85-90 million hectares out of the claimed 120 million hectares of agricultural land.
                                85-90 million hectares are far more than south sudan’s 30 milloon hectares!

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                                • 12 February 2013 21:22, by Rommel

                                  Northern Sudanese:
                                  Your sources prove absolutely nothing. There’s a difference between actual arable land and potential grazing land. If you refuse to grasp this fact, than I’ll just leave you to your delusions. The evidence still stands: a measly 7% of Sudan is arable, while 80% of South Sudan is arable. The Math doesn’t lie. South Sudan has more arable, both in % and in totality.

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                                  • 12 February 2013 21:30, by Northern Sudanese

                                    Dude let me make this clear if you want to believe it or not, i know there is a difference between arable and grazing, ok?
                                    Sudan has 200 million fedans of ’’arable’’ land, note that there is no grazing land called fedan in sudan. this is the only source that ’’ever’’ stated that sudan has only 7% of arable land. now 200 million fedans= 85-90 million hectares of arable land. south sudan has 30 mil

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                                  • 12 February 2013 21:36, by Northern Sudanese

                                    Yes South Sudan has a higher ’’percentage’’ of arable land , but not more arable land in ’’total’’ than sudan.
                                    according to my sources we have 200 million fedans of ’’arable’’ land in sudan. that is equivalent to 85-90 million hectares. ye math never lies
                                    south sudan has 30 million hectares of arable land.
                                    which country has more?

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                              • 12 February 2013 21:26, by Northern Sudanese

                                now tell me, what is bigger 30 million hectares of arable land or 85-90 million hectares of arable land?
                                that your land is green doesn’t automatically mean its is fully arable. biggest example is the countries sub saharan africa. that report of yours is using wrong figures, according to many sources south sudan has only got 30 million hectares, sudan has 85 millon so we have more!

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                                • 12 February 2013 21:52, by Rommel

                                  Sources for the % of arable land of Sudan:
                                  The world bank says that Sudan’s *arable land* is 7.8 % http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/AG.LND.ARBL.ZS
                                  While this source says that it’s 7.7%: http://en.worldstat.info/Asia/Sudan/Land
                                  It’s 8.484848485% in this source: http://www-958.ibm.com/software/analytics/manyeyes/datasets/sudan-arable-land-vs-argricultural/versions/1
                                  It’s 7.15 % here: http://

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                                  • 12 February 2013 21:59, by Rommel

                                    If you’ve now conceded that you indeed have a far lower percentage % of arable land... than proceed to the next step and calculate what you get in km2, in hectares, feddans, and acres. The math doesn’t lie. There is yet no verifiable information on South Sudan’s arable land in terms of hectares... but it is there in terms of percentage.

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                                    • 12 February 2013 22:15, by Northern Sudanese

                                      Sudan has 200 million fedans known , 200 million fedans turned out to be 84 million hectares. 84 million hectares are a space of 840,000 km2 . i provided you with the sources of the 200 million fedans, not that link of the 150 million hectares which also composed of grazing land!
                                      in terms of south sudan, 80% of its land = 49,579,600 hectares.

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                                • 12 February 2013 21:56, by Northern Sudanese

                                  ok i have done a full math and lets make everything clear
                                  Its our 200 million fedans vs 80% of south sudans size. lets begin
                                  80% of south sudan size of 619,745 km2 = 495,796 km2
                                  for sudan, 1 fedan = 0.42 of a hectare so 200 million times 0.42 = 84 million hectares
                                  In a km2,there are a 100 hectares. Ok, Sudan has 84 million hectares so 84 million divided by 100 = equivalent to 840,000 km2

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                                  • 12 February 2013 22:01, by Northern Sudanese

                                    so Sudan has 840,000 km2 of land while south sudan has 495,796 km2 of land. Sudan wins!

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                                  • 12 February 2013 22:14, by Rommel

                                    80% of 619,745 km2 = 495.79600000000005
                                    7% of 1,886,068 km2 = 132024.76. There you go. The math doesn’t lie.

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                                    • 12 February 2013 22:18, by Northern Sudanese

                                      loool hahahahah
                                      don’t go with 7% , go with the 200 million fedans and calculate!
                                      80% of 619,745 = 495.796 km2
                                      200 million fedans = 840,000 km2
                                      math doesnt lie :)

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                                    • 12 February 2013 22:26, by Rommel

                                      Where did you learn to calculate. You have to calculate by percentage. Do you understand!? What is 7% of 1,886,068!? The plethora of sources including that of the World Bank say that 7% of your land is arable... and that’s what I am going to go by.

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                                      • 12 February 2013 22:46, by Northern Sudanese

                                        well i don’t know how the world bank gets that 7% , Sudan has 200 million fedans of arable land and thats what i will go by! the world back could be mistaken! + those figures are from 2009 XD
                                        am going with the 200 million fedans!

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                                      • 12 February 2013 23:14, by Northern Sudanese

                                        The world bank in 2010 (when sudan was united) claimed that % of arable land in sudan was 8.48%
                                        on that time the whole of sudan was 2,506,000 km2
                                        lets say for e.g
                                        2,506,000 times 0.8 = 200,480.0 so 200,480 km2
                                        so even if south sudan had taken all arable land of previous sudan it would have claimed that an estimated 30% is arable!

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          • 12 February 2013 13:02, by Northern Sudanese

            you are the owners of sudan? in your dreams you whores! urine drinkers cannot be the owners of sudan, go drink some cow urine lol https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tRzM2tZFng&list=LL2iKEtJHxmKnnz5uF10axyA

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            • 12 February 2013 13:54, by Nuer Empire

              Northern Sudanese:1 feddan=70m times 60m that totally produce 4200 square meter.You said you have only 200 fedans in your driest unproductive desert zone,which produce a total 840,000 square meter of cultivable lands! Its too little and you extremely starve of chronic hungers.Do not lias,everything are known and be calculated ya gay!
              ""The Nuer Empire""

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              • 12 February 2013 18:43, by Northern Sudanese

                Nuer Empire
                did i say only 200 fedans? lol
                you need a doctor, your either blind or dumb, both cases fit well due to the fact that your south sudanese :)

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              • 12 February 2013 18:54, by Northern Sudanese

                Nuer Empire
                really? lol hahahahah yes we are starving hahahahaha
                dude you need medical help, more than halve your people depend on food aid from the UN! your starving to death from hunger down there in your so called ’’rich’’ shithole lol hahahahaa

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  • 12 February 2013 06:25, by Bentiu Elite

    MY grand grand fathers fought the ARAB WITH SPEARS to death , now we are doing it with modern weapons ....it is a shame to be caught and released by these cowards.....It is better i die killing Arabs and smile in my grave than being caught by these stupid humans ....
    God Bless South Sudan!

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    • 12 February 2013 07:17, by Robot

      Bentiu Elite,
      You are too brave, but fighting has different dimensions contrary to what one might have in might when going to fight.. anyway i doubt this soldiers can’t speak and say exactly where they were caught and in which battle????, Fake Arabs are trying to mould their tarnished image of prosecuting POWs since the inception of war. PATHETIC, HOW MANY DID YOU RELEASE AFTER THE CPA????.

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      • 12 February 2013 08:00, by Panda Odhie

        HAAAAAAAAAAA shame on fucken Arabian pensula, when did they arrest those POW, these are the people who were staying in Khartoum for personel interest,I’m doubt those are security agent,Arab in Khartoum have no time to keep POW alive ,oooooooooo!!!!!, SINCE 1955-2005 no POW who have been release by Khartoum no they are liarer

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      • 12 February 2013 21:25, by ViVa Sudan

        It is not our behavior to kill or arrest civilians it SPLA/M-N Behavior .. so we set them free but i doupt they will never fight againest SAF again..

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    • 12 February 2013 09:28, by Peacocktail

      These five are militias found drunk in 3 Nyala and Two from Al fasher town. the Government in Khartuom accuse them of disrespectful to Sharia Laws, Killing is was discussed but though of blackmailing South Sudan. How many hundred caught in fight sinces the insurrection of wars i Sudan and yet non being Southerners had been since alive.NCP is the terrorist Party.please do not take them to SPLA GQs.

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      • 12 February 2013 09:56, by Northern Sudanese

        your making everything up! try to prove what you said!

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  • 12 February 2013 07:48, by Turism

    Why is sudan govt spent more time to release the (POW)prisoners of the war? what is funny about detending the warriors as peace engulf both south and north sudan previously. south sudan should do the same not to release this fuck arabs who doesnt like forgiveness.

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  • 12 February 2013 11:28, by New Government

    That’s false statement, arabs never keep our capture soldiers
    how many POW they have released when CPA was sign like 3000 SAF soldiers that were released by SPLA since the signing of CPA.these are NCP members who were working with them before separation and turn them to be their POW.

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    • 12 February 2013 13:05, by Northern Sudanese

      New Government
      blah blah blah! we don’t hand our citizens to foreiners, never did and will never happen! these were your men who tried to invade sudanese territory. we kicked them out and they were what was left.
      it will be amazing if you proof your quotes ’’ when CPA was sign like 3000 SAF soldiers that were released by SPLA ’’. provide us with some sources and evidences, not made up figures!

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  • 12 February 2013 11:31, by Gaddfa

    I don’t believe it one bit for very simple reason, Khartoum has no history of releasing POW during and after war. so i guess they are playing innocent here. I’m sure they are giving up their former loyalist and pretending to have release POW. I don’t know whether those of Red Cross are aware of what they are doing.

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  • 12 February 2013 23:41, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    Only Five people since the time when the war started on May 16,1983.Arabs in the North are blindfooling the South Sudan government. If Arabs from the North are really very honest to hand over the pows, then we all need our troops that where captured from 104, 105, Jamus, Koryom, Tiger, Timtha, Muor-Muor, Kadhuk, Zalzal, intifather, Intithar and so forth.Arabs are lying.
    By Augustino Deng.

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