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W. Bahr el Ghazal calm after doctor dies in hospital shooting


May 14, 2013 (JUBA) - A soldier in South Sudan’s Western Bahr el Ghazal state opened fire at Wau Teaching Hospital on Monday afternoon, killing a medical practitioner and wounding three others.

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Wau’s Municipal Mayor, Michael Gebba, said the attacker was the husband of a woman believed to have died at the hospital after an operation. The man, he revealed, last week opened a case at Wau Police station against the hospital.

The case is still under investigation.

Gebba said the killer surrendered himself to the security after the shooting, adding that the situation was under control, while calling on citizens to remain calm.

Marcello Gabriel, the hospital’s medical director, said the woman, who died last week, was referred for an emergency operation due to delivery complications.

He said the woman, who had a miscarriage, passed away due to heavy bleeding.

Those wounded included assistant hospital administrator and a nurse, the local police department told Sudan Tribune on Monday.

"Many of the victims were sprayed by the shots of the bullets. At the moment there is only one death and three people wounded but they are in stable condition. They are not life-threatening injuries”, a police officer from the criminal investigation department who went to the scene said on Monday.

The officer, who did not want to be named, said the shooting was due to a personal tragedy and there was "no reason to believe it was an act of terror, just an act of anger".

"The gunman had opened fire because he believed his wife was allowed to die at the hospital during operation. He claimed that his wife was left in the operation room at the time the doctors should have attended to her. This is what we have gathered so far but situation has returned to normal. He surrendered himself to the police and he has been arrested”, the officer said.

A source within the hospital said the gunman climbed over the fence and entered through the window into the operation theatre and opened fire against the three personnel. He said services at hospital were interrupted for the whole day following the incident.

Eyewitnesses told Sudan Tribune on Monday that they saw people running away from the hospital as shots rang out from an automatic gun.

"I was coming from the market to the state secretariat when I saw people running away from the area close to the hospital", an eyewitness said.

Another police officer downplayed the "unusual circumstance" magnitude of the incident, which he said was immediately brought under control when the bereaved soldier surrendered to the police.

Primary school students, Garang Mawien and Mawien Dut, said they carefully approached those who remained on the ground after the firing stopped to see if anyone was wounded.

"I just wanted to get out of there as soon as possible, but we didn’t know if the shooter was still around until when I came home that I learned from my father that the shooter had surrendered himself. My father and I missed ourselves on the way. He ran to the school for us and [we] run away on our own with my friends and other siblings," said Dut.

"We are all safe. None of us is hurt”, he added.

Michael Sabit, another eyewitness, described the incident as tragic for hospital staff.

He said the shooting was a warning to the state government to improve security at the hospital.

"The incident showed that more needed to be done to address lawlessness and crime in general in South Sudan and to nurture a culture of peace and understanding," said Sabit.

The incident comes less than six months after police opened fire on protesters opposing the decision to transfer Wau county headquarters to Bagari area. More than 20 people died and several others were wounded.


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  • 15 May 2013 08:08, by omoni jr.

    Although a such kind of crime is always happens in every part of the world,but let’s not encourage it. It is very very wrong for anyone to go to hospital and open fire and kill innocents medical personel because of his or her assumptions which does not hold any ground.

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    • 15 May 2013 10:12, by Runrach

      The government have to ensure that security threat should be the number priority. They need to make sure weaponries are to be restricted from public places such as schools, hospitals, courtyards, shopping centres, sporting centres government and NGOs offices. Our security forces also required some sort of orientation. On use guns and powers.

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  • 15 May 2013 08:21, by Bany de Baai

    Eventhough it is about professional negligence, it does not mean that you have to kill but to brought the case before the court of law. Thus, Suoth Sudan has to take that in to account for Doctors will fear the proedurs of operation for that cost. Dr could be innocent but subject to killed him is too unjust. That should not happen in the other states.

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    • 15 May 2013 08:32, by Gat Gan Kiir

      I don’t like the word "surrender" why not "reported"

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      • 15 May 2013 08:57, by Awei-ngok

        This is tragic indeed but one always get his/her reward after mismanaging the situation. This hospital has always been accused of abnormal deaths due to negligence or intentionally.There are reports that people minor illness believed to be curable in short period die at that very hospital. This is a question of ethnicity and tribes.Dinkas are the most dying people than any other tribe in that hos.

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        • 15 May 2013 09:03, by Awei-ngok

          I believe he (the bereaved) might be a Dinka person. His late wife also a Dinka. What a confused town of Wau...the doctor die innocently. I blamed those nurses working in Wau hospital. They should be screened and leaving behind some of them with national spirit and heart to serve the people medically.A health Centre can only be good if the nurses are faithful to the patients they are nursing.

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        • 15 May 2013 09:12, by Salammabaad

          you are absolutely right,I lost two of my relatives in that hospital,for as far as i think,they couldn’t have died if taken to other private hospital,Dinkas are not safe now,Dinkas are being targetted for unknown reasons,this community is very innocent.
          anyway, when we say what we are seeing,some people will say we are for Dinka and they don’t care what Dinka p’ple are facing.
          GOD Help.

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  • 15 May 2013 09:06, by Salammabaad

    I knew it would one day happen in Wau teaching hospital,
    fellows there is a killing squad in Wau teaching hospital comouflaging themselves as docs,but they are only targetting Dinkas,believe me or not it is a reality,I lost one of my relative in such a away in that hospital.
    warning,for your safety as a Dinka don’t go to WTH IF SICK,go to private ones.thoroughly investigation has to be done.

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    • 15 May 2013 12:25, by Costa

      Due to this stupid mentality and unjustified fear the soldier hesitated to take his wife in a right time until it was too late. Then likes of you go public demonstrating more stupidity in defending the act of killing a professional DR. Your narrow triblistic thinking is the one that is killing you everywhere in South Sudan and not others.

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      • 15 May 2013 17:04, by Awei-ngok

        Hey guys, what is happening in Wau and Juba Teaching hospitals is the worst for Dinka everyhere. Except Malakal Hospital. People are not targetted because of certain ethnical identities like it happened in Wau. First go and find out by yourselves the situation in those hospitals. Dinka women, men, and their children are the most dying on daily basis.

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    • 15 May 2013 13:04, by Raankanken

      Targeting professional medical personel is a criminal act in the first place.People must understand that death can happen even at the care of medical doctors, but should not be labeled as fault or negligence from doctors.We need to avoid short sightedness in our analysis of thinking.Thanks for understanding this message

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  • 15 May 2013 09:13, by bak junup

    it is great sorrowful for our citizen. Doctors and Nurses were willing to help his wife but it is their willingness the woman if this man is ideologically function. he is also know that his wife could not deliver due to complication other he should be responsible those he killed.

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    • 15 May 2013 11:21, by Awei-ngok

      Bak, look at how analytically very weak you are! Supposed you are asked to collect that data at Wau Teaching Hospital while matching it with other tribes,what do you think will happen? You will find that Dinka death rate on daily is higher than any other tribe in Wau.Why?Because Dinka people are the most hated by the Fertits and others like you.Majority of the nurses are Fertits.They dislike Dinka

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  • 15 May 2013 09:23, by Maper

    It’s not the hospital fault. It’s the government’s. It’s a duty of the government to provide adequate and effective health services to its citizens and hire qualified health professionals to run the hospitals and clinics. So anyone who wants to open fire on someone, let him open fire on kiir or governor.

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  • 15 May 2013 09:45, by bak junup

    Awei and Salammad
    i really sorry for childish reasoning you commend in public web site. ever one this world don’t like death of each tribe and all medical personal are train to take care for ever sick one if happen that ur relative is died it is the complication which beyond their help. I am Sorry for your tribe idea which is not in medical list.

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    • 15 May 2013 09:52, by Salammabaad

      you have a problem,looks like you are new in this forum,you are stupid,you have eyes but you don’t see,you have ears but you don’t hear,you have brain but you don’t understand and analyze.you said’’ every one don’t like death of each tribe in this world’’,what a big presumption? are you really a South Sudanese,what is Yau Yau doing and his Murle disciples.please don’t make me angry.

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      • 15 May 2013 12:55, by Raankanken

        While it is a sad news and unwanted event,some people are taking it as a tribal related killing which is not the case.I appeal to these infected guys to embace professionalism in their writings

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  • 15 May 2013 09:59, by Diversity

    The incident showed that more needed to be done to address lawlessness and crime in general in South Sudan and to nurture a culture of peace and understanding,"
    Why extending the Constitutional Review Process?

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  • 16 May 2013 02:01, by Gabriel KK

    it’s unfortunate that his wife died during operation but we should know that our medical personals are there to treat and take care of us and I personallly believe she was not killed but poor/lack medical equipment might contributed to her death. Killing medical personel is a crime.

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