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February 16, 2013 (JUBA) – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan has involved eight sniffer dogs to enable it protect civilians affected by the two-month conflict that hit the nation.

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A sniffer dog inspects a UN vehicle in South Sudan (UN photo)

“They are here to search and indicate if people are bringing in weapons or explosives or other contraband,” said Robert Thompson, UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) Chief of Operations.

The dogs, he added, are currently undergoing training with UNMAS and its MineTech contractors to acclimatize to their new environment.

“They will be stationed at main gates of the UN Mission (UNMISS) in the country and protection sites in the capital, Juba, working alongside the UN Department of Security and Safety and the UN Police as they carry out daily searches until the end of June,” Thompson stressed.

He said the animals, flown in from Afghanistan, would mainly check for contraband items and will be deployed at the UN headquarters in Juba and other places.

“The dogs will be primarily for the protection of civilians’ sites, but we will also use them on the main gates both at UN house and Tongpiny compound. The dogs will also be flown to other areas like Bentiu and Malakal when needed,” said Thompson.

“They are expected to be in the country up to June this year,” he added.

Thousands of people, UN estimates show, are believed to have been killed and some 870,000 others have fled their homes since fighting broke out on 15 December in South Sudan between the forces of President Salva Kiir and his ex-deputy Riek Machar.

At least 75,000 people are reportedly seeking refuge at eight UN bases throughout the country, while another 140,000 or more fled to neighbouring Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan.

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  • 17 February 06:23, by Mi diit

    Yes the dogs should be deployed to detect terrorists allied to Mrs. Akiir Museveni who have been murdering civilians even inside UNMISS compounds.

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    • 17 February 06:26, by Mi diit

      By June when Mrs. Akiir is no longer the president, the dogs can go back to their country. The 8 dogs will provide a better service to save lives than the thousands of Ugandan mercenaries who lose lives.

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      • 17 February 09:33, by Konkooc

        mi ba ngoth
        nuer like killing people and they are afriad to be killed
        is now tit for tat keep it up.
        nuer will finish one by one

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        • 17 February 15:40, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          These dogs will be kill by Juba streets dogs, keep them caged all the times or reaching june will be a nightmare for them.

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    • 17 February 07:22, by Tong dut

      Yes,those Dogs are better then SPLA Dinkas dogs in south Sudan.Those dogs can not kill people like SPLA Amry.Dogs can reason, but human being who had disconnected his brain by cutting his face,can not reason any more.
      Either he kills you, or you kill him.THAT IS DINKAS my tribes and Nuer.Those two tribes will not give peace to south sudan.

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    • 17 February 14:49, by Johndumo14

      Dr Riek Machar,has nice homes around the World,has stollen millions of dollars ,he was Vice president for the last 8 years,despite all the crimes he commited during the 1991.
      People forgave him,and gave him the job of Vice President,he is not satisfied ,Again he is a rebel leader in the hjungle,what does he realy want?? Thousands have already been killed,will he be the president of grave yard??

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  • 17 February 07:49, by Son of Ngundeng

    Animal have power than kiir government, shame on you fake president of Dinka useless tribes.

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    • 17 February 14:57, by garang kerubino

      Hi my dear, how can you generalist the whole Dinka as a useless tribe if Dinka were useless do you think this country would have been liberated? the answer is no, Dinka are not useless rather they are useful for your practice purpose keep saying: Dinka are useful Dinka are useful learn now. for me I will not say Nuer are useless because there are still other Nuer like Hoth who still have principle

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