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Road accidents on the rise in Juba, say health officials

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July 1, 2013 (JUBA) - Thousands of people travel each day in South Sudan’s capital of Juba by boda-boda but accidents involving this popular bicycle taxi are on the rise, mostly due to a lack of understanding of traffic rules.

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A female patient with a broken leg gets moved past an injured man on the floor at the emergency ward at the Juba Teaching hospital, which has a shortage of beds, on 19 July 2012 (Photo: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Bakhita Dawut, 34, who had a boda-boda accident this week, says the bike collided with another one and injured her hands and legs.

"I need to tell these boys of the boda that they don’t need to go in hurry while on the public road. The traffic rules need to be respected. When you’re on the road they need to know that you are on the public property", said Dawut.

Dawut blamed the other driver whom she said took wrong side of the other street. She appealed to all boda –boda riders to respect rules of the traffic.

20-year-old boda-boda driver Joseph Lako says three months ago he collided with a car, which broke his leg and killed his brother at the scene.

He is still receiving treatment in Juba Teaching Hospital.

"We were on a motorbike and immediately a bus driver hit them behind and reached us and hit us as well. Then traffic police officer intervened and blew the whistle and after all he hit us, we were three on the bike and my brother died on spot and the rider who was a cousin survived with serious injuries all over his body and I had my leg broken. It is a terrible situation now for me” Lako said.

Boda riders blame the accident on the drivers of large, expensive cars that they claim do not give way on the roads.

Mohamed Ali , a boda boda rider in Juba Jabel Market, says the expensive car drivers do not respect the road even if you are on the right side.

"He just want to pass because he thinks the car is expensive. You leave way for him and they don’t follow the traffic laws," Ali said.

"You may be on the right side but they knock you. After knocking you they say this V-8 is a Hummer. Hummer cannot make accidents, yet it has already happened" he added.

South Sudan traffic officials say they hope to improve the situation through public education, conducting seminars and workshops about traffic rules.

Mayom Wuor, a traffic officer, says most of these accidents are caused by drivers who never go by rules of traffic and do not see the round-about properly when they are in a hurry.

"Whenever there is a jam at the round-about then people rush the road and that makes it difficult for them to go without problem" Wuor said.

Wuor say they are trying to have clear rules. “That is why we are stationed at every part of the city, so that there is no accident. But this doesn’t prevent accidents from happening because some young people who are around 15 escape with their parents’ bikes and go on street for boda business”, added Wuor.

At Juba Teaching Hospital, victims of Boda-boda accidents arrive daily, the Director of Emergencies and Accidents at the hospital Dr. Mapuor Mading says. He says that accident-related deaths are on the rise, often due to a delay in treatment.

“For this month I have already received 24 cases of road traffic accidents and these are caused by motorcycles and these cases are not just minor injuries, they are injuries of fractures," Mading added.

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  • 2 July 2013 08:26, by Jujukokiko

    This is because of the corruption in the traffic police. They issue motorcycle raiding licences anyhow. They do not control speed limits by prosecuting offenders. The government awards contracts to companies only to make us roads without roundabouts, traffic lights, Zebra crossing and pedestrian walking way. Above all the carried ones does not say, please move slow!. Be traffic yourself.

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    • 2 July 2013 08:28, by Kedo

      ADVICE: Do something for yourself. Don’t waste your time talking politics while others are enjoying their lives with money without politics. See how this Sudanese poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling accident cars, Very interesting idea. Go to (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM) to see the methods and companies that she was using to do that (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM) Wake Up Africans

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    • 2 July 2013 11:31, by Dau-network

      Too many accidents because drink-driving without proper punishment after accident occurred, we need breath testing either driver has consumed alcohol or not,is not too expensive than many lives lost a very day.
      When I visited USA, Australia and London l had never seen many expensive cars inroads like cars in Juba! Without good roads, seems like BORCHAR who worn SHIRT without trouser & underwear.

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  • 2 July 2013 08:57, by Marco Bul

    Boda-bodas N water tanks R nuisance on Juba roads.They always rush N overtake furiously.

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  • 2 July 2013 09:14, by Gaddfa

    nothing will save our people so long Boda-boda are still major mean of transport in our country. the Govt with there V8, Hammers and other big vehicle will not care less about us one bit. it is very ashamed our country is being lead by blinds and dump deaf. nobody will hear us crying or sees how bad we suffered. wake-up kiirdit.

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  • 2 July 2013 09:35, by Jalaby

    Oh my Goodness, boda-boda is killing people in the south!
    Do you know why? because of the economical war that Sudan has imposed over the south after visionless thieves in Juba spoiled and damaged the relationship with Sudan so people are very poor and can’t afford to buy or hire a taxi despite the huge resources that the south has!
    Absolutely,thieves are to be blamed!

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    • 2 July 2013 09:42, by Jalaby

      See guys how people are commuting and transporting in Juba after thieves led them to this catastrophe situation by supporting criminal Al-Hilo and his group and putting the whole nation at the edge of death:

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      • 2 July 2013 09:49, by Jalaby


        Oh my Goodness, what type of Boda-Boda is that which can carry all that?!!

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        • 2 July 2013 09:59, by Jalaby

          "Please tight the seat belt, we will soon reach home safely, what can I do for you? thieves are to be blamed but who really cares?!!

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        • 2 July 2013 10:09, by Jojo

          Hi Jalaby
          I like your comment, but you have posted false Boda Boda photos. Look closely to the number plate, we don’t have any type of No. Plate like that in out ten states in South. Even the environment, including the car with different No. plate. Try to be a reasonable person in your comment.

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  • 2 July 2013 09:50, by Morthon Akol

    My dear sister i don blame those of boda boda. because you ladies like to use boda boda more the to use normal transports. i don’t understand why girls like to use boda boda while is more expensive than a normal bus? since 2005 up to today the number of people died in boda boda accidents are more than whom died by natural death in South Sudan.

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    • 2 July 2013 11:42, by Peter Mading

      Jalaby is claiming to be best knowledgeable commenter. Now i understand his outdated search/knowledge when he brings economic rat race of West Africa to South Sudan Where Bodaboda is chief means of transportation. Those children, buildings and environment do not relate with ours. He is a liar.

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  • 2 July 2013 12:45, by Thon de Agok

    We all have hands on this. Bodas, expensive cars as they claims, GOSS, SPLA No. Plate, SSPS, CEG, AAA, numberless, UN and NGO number plates. They speedy, and don’t obeyed any traffic regulations. GOSS formualtes laws, Police maintain laws and order, SPLA protects the country/people, NGOs/UN provide humanitarian pledges yet they aren’t working towards their objectives.Its make me wander.

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