Home | News    Monday 5 May 2014

IDPs at UN camps seek resettlement outside South Sudan

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

May 4, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – Internally displaced people from the Nuer ethnic group who are currently sheltering at United Nations camps in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, have demanded to be relocated to refugee camps in neighbouring countries.

JPEG - 20.4 kb
People gather at a makeshift IDP camp at the UN compound in Juba on December 22, 2013 where South Sudanese continue to flock as fears of a resumption of fighting in the capital fester. (AFP/Tony KARUMBA)

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Saturday, some members of the Nuer community in Juba argued that the South Sudanese government considers them as members of the rebel group led by former vice president Riek Machar and should be resettled to neighbouring countries to ensure absolute protection.

The internally displaced people said, however, that they did not want to be relocated to neighbouring Uganda, whose army is in direct combat against the rebel group, fighting alongside the South Sudanese army (SPLA).

The call from some members of the Nuer tribe comes as United States’ Secretary of State, John Kerry, makes a week-long tour to three African countries including to Ethiopia where he thoroughly discussed South Sudan crises with regional foreign ministers and Africa Union officials.

The statement, which also was presented to John Kerry and to the head of United Nations Mission in South Sudan, said there is a developing threat against their community.

Nuer "lives are at great risk in Juba at the hand of government troops" the statement says, adding that "it is highly possible that if this government becomes more increasingly besieged by opposition forces with its foreseeable fall, the president and his troops will tragically resort to massacring the Nuer IDPs at UNMISS compounds in Juba before fleeing."

They further urged on the US government, UN, European Union and the rest of the international community at large to put pressure on President Salva Kiir’s government to facilitate a speedy and safe relocation of the refugees to neighbouring countries.

"Or if not then there is a need for more UNMISS troops around IDPs’ sites in anticipation for this threat", the statement said.

Thousands have been killed and over a million forced to flee their homes since mid-December when conflict erupted following a dispute within the ruling party differences between senior members of the ruling party.

The conflict quickly spread to other parts of the country especially in areas inhabited by the Nuer ethnic group of Riek Machar the former vice president who is now leading the rebellion, which is known as the SPLM/A in Opposition.

Much of the violence has seen members of the Nuer ethnic group targetted, while civilians from the Dinka tribe of President Salva Kiir, have also been attacked.

Recently 147 Internally Displaced People were killed and over 200 wounded in an attack by Dinka youths on a UN camp, where members Nuer community are sheltering.

PROBE AND SANCTIONS

The Nuer community stressed that the many human rights violations committed during the conflict need to be investigated and those responsible brought to justice.

"Our situation in Juba calls for action. Our fellow tribesmen are killed in cold blood in their residential areas daily as shooting continues in the vicinity of UN camps by government forces”.

They called up on the US government and the UN to seriously probe the abuses carried out against the Nuer community.

While urging the international community to press the two warring factions form a transitional government, they suggested the UN and the US consider imposing sanctions including freezing the oil revenues being used for "killing civilians".

FOREIGN TROOPS

The statement from the Nuer community in Juba suggested that all foreign troops leave the country, as this would help quell the violence.

As well as the Ugandan People’s Defence Force (UPDF), Sudanese rebels are also alleged to have fought on the side of the South Sudanese government.

The Nuer community statement also opposed the plan to deploy regional East African forces in South Sudan - as proposed by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). They argued IGAD - through Uganda’s intervention - was part of the conflict and deploying its troops would only fuel the conflict.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 5 May 2014 06:40, by Toney Toney Matot

    the so called IDPs claimed that government terming them as rebels supporters and in actual facts they are. they spoke rebels language and also celebrate should the rebel scored victory against the government army.now they felt insecure for the victories of the government forces against machar Militias. I’m quiet sure that no one will harm them should they come out of UN camp.

    repondre message

  • 5 May 2014 10:47, by Wani khooto

    IDPs,
    what a shameful community on earth,i tell u never follow the same man who fool u in 1991.now u need to leave the country why don’t u keep on fighting?nuer will learn a lesson from now on.there is no way on earth can one tribe claim to over run the gov’ty,i now belief what DINKA said about NUER that the NUER have chicken brain and the listen with their eyes not hears.nuer are idiot pple

    repondre message

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


South Sudan: A tragedy of resignation and rebellion 2017-02-18 22:33:04 By Deng Kiir Akok Dictionary.com defined resignation as formal statement, document stating that one gives up an office or position. While on the other hand, rebellion is a resistance to or (...)

Quantifying human destruction and suffering in Sudan 2017-02-13 21:05:29 The grim calculus of international policies and politics By Eric Reeves Towards the end of her long chapter on the Rwanda genocide in “A Problem From Hell” (2002), Samantha Power renders a moment (...)

The inclusion of women in the peacemaking process 2017-02-12 23:54:36 By Adeeb Yousif The idea of this is to guide and provide an analysis of the impact of female activism on peace building efforts and it will discuss the effects of such activism on the ability to (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Militias of Bashir’s Regime and the Proxy War (1) 2017-02-08 21:49:09 Sudan Democracy First Group Militias of Bashir’s Regime and the Proxy War (1) War in the Blue Nile: Militias in the hunt of refugees and displaced population Introduction Throughout its rule, (...)

More refugees flee to Uganda than across Mediterranean 2017-01-25 09:15:39 January 25, 2017 Uganda welcomed more refugees last year than the total number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean into Europe. “Europe should learn from the way Uganda and other (...)

Carter Center welcomes new regulations on humanitarian affairs 2017-01-12 07:53:16 The Carter Center ATLANTA, Januarg 11, 2017 – The Carter Center welcomes the recent regulations issued by the government of Sudan aimed at facilitating humanitarian relief throughout the country (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2017 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.