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Mass migration to Ethiopia after South Sudan army captures Nasir

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

May 7, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – Thousands of South Sudanese refugees have poured into neighbouring Ethiopia after government forces on Sunday took control of the rebel stronghold of Nasir in the Greater Upper Nile region, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday.

In a statement, UNHCR said that at least 11,000 South Sudanese refugees crossed the border into Ethiopia over the past 72 hours.

UNHCR officials told Sudan Tribune that the newly arriving refugees are mostly women and children from the Nuer ethnic group from the city of Nasir and surrounding areas.

“The vast majority of new arrivals are still women and children, but we are also seeing an increasing number of men fleeing,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards.

Sources said the new wave of mass Nuer migration was in fear of ethnic targeted attacks from government forces, who are largely from president Salva Kiir’s Dinka tribe.

The refugees crossed the Baro River which marks the border with Ethiopia and are temporarily sheltered in a remote town of Burubiey near the South Sudanese border before they are relocated to camps deeper inside Ethiopia.

“The refugees tell us that more people are on their way, with many amassed on the South Sudanese side of the border waiting to cross the river on one of the few small ferry boats,” Edwards said.

The UNHCR official said some of the newly-arrived refugees were wounded and aid agencies were rushing to supply food and medical supplies.

The UN refugee agency said it is dispatching a team from the nearby Leitchuor refugee camp to Burubiey to help the relocation operation, while giving priority to people with urgent health and nutrition needs.

As well as from South Sudan, Ethiopia hosts large numbers of refugees from Somalia Eritrea, Sudan and other neighbouring countries.

Officials have told Sudan Tribune the latest mass migration will further strain the already limited resources of aid organisations and raise concerns of a severe humanitarian crisis across the camps which are already over their holding capacities.

“The inter-agency appeal for the South Sudanese Refugee Emergency remains dramatically underfunded, with only 14 per cent of the requested US$370 million appeal received. As the number of displaced people continues to rise, we expect to increase our appeal in the coming days,officials told Sudan Tribune,” said Edwards.

Since conflict in South Sudan erupted in mid-December, more than 110,000 refugees have fled South Sudan to Ethiopia.

Around 102,000 of whom have gone through Level-1 registration are staying at four camps in Ethiopia’s western Gambella Regional State, run by UNHCR and its local implementing partner, the Administration for Refugees and Returnees Affairs (ARRA).

The conflict which has at times taken on an ethnic dynamic, pitting members of Kiir’s Dinka tribe against Machar’s Nuer have left thousands killed and forced more than 1.3 million flee their homes.

According to UNHCR, as well as the South Sudan refugees in Ethiopia, 205,000 refugees have fled to neighbouring Uganda, Sudan and Kenya while some 923,000 people are displaced inside South Sudan.

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  • 8 May 06:12, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Mass immigrant led by Riek Machar to Ethiopia land.

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    • 8 May 07:39, by Malou Manyiel

      South Sudan is too big for the 60 tribes to live peacefully as brothers and sisters for ever, but some few individuals among these tribes do not want that to happen. Especially, Nuer always have wrong assumptions that they are the only warriors in South Sudan to the extend of saying they can defeat any tribe in S. Sudan militarily and their wrong assumption of believing in Ngundeng’s prophecy.

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    • 8 May 10:59, by Johndumo14

      The Nuer ethnic group from the city of Nasir have to pay a high Price for this war because they support Riek Machar.
      They have to learn how to live in exile since there is no way to return soon.They are only one tribe fighting the government.They have to blame.

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  • 8 May 06:20, by George Bol

    Nuer, its matter of time and you will come to your sense. No Jallaba fighting us this time. After JIENG declar out war, you all will migrate to Ethiopia for good----

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    • 8 May 07:38, by Bentiu son

      George Bol are you behind the news ya son of Jeenge/slave? Plz do not listen to lies manufacture by your Dinka players and their puppets at SSTV.The towns of Nasir and Bentiu were recaptured by our gallantry SPLA in Opposition on Monday. Don’t dance yet Dinka we are coming to you forsure unless your alcoholic President Salva Kiir step down peacefully or forcefully as to give peace a chance otherwi

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      • 8 May 08:17, by Adodi Jotuwa

        Bentiu Son,
        Don’t worry. The choice is yours; you can either cross to Ethiopia forcefully or peacefully for giving peace a chance as you have stated. We welcome SPLA defectors back because they were the lost sheep, misled by Dr. Traitor Riek Machar Teny who always survives politically on shifting allegiance since 1991, 2002 and 2013/2014....

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        • 8 May 08:25, by Adodi Jotuwa

          South Sudanese, Khartoum, regional and international community know that the fugitive South Sudanese politician who campaigns on tribal sentiments is Dr. Traitor Riek Machar Teny since 1991. The word Dr. Traitor Riek uses always against incumbent leaders since 1991 is "step down" or "I will mobilize my tribe to fight for me", of course, not for South Sudanese interest.

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          • 8 May 08:35, by Adodi Jotuwa

            Why don’t you tell the whole world that it’s only Nuer, who claim to be warriors in the whole of South Sudan are the only ones fighting the government forces that comprised of many tribes? What is the prospect of winning that tribal war ostensibly externalized to gain world attention? The current government is not stupid to be lured into fighting senseless war orchestrated by one tribe/white army.

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          • 8 May 08:40, by TUR-ANGON

            Bentiu son, call back your people for you are controlling nasir. Lie as usual and you will finish lying.

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      • 8 May 08:31, by Frak Cho

        Bentiu Son, it is said "the good Arab is dead Arab" Same thing applies to you, the good Nuer is the dead Nuer. This is the first Nuer are going exile in big numbers; Nuers. When Dinkas were fighting your masters the Arabs, Dinkas were the majority in exile. You are a coursed tribe - you Nuer. You are not strong warriors as you think! forget it!

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        • 8 May 08:38, by Frak Cho

          Bentiu Sin or Son, please mark this one well and clear that, all Dinkas are going to accept your war like base on Dinka - Nuer. Lakes State will reinforce Jonglei, Warrap State will reinforce Upper Nile and Northern Bar El Ghazal will reinforce Unity State. Western Bar El Ghazal will be on stand by. Tell me what you think will happen to Nuers?

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          • 8 May 09:36, by chuol

            @FRANCO CHO
            DO NOT THREATEN BENTIU SON WITH YOUR MOUTH WHEN YOU ARE VULNERABLE TO HIM. IF YOU ARE REALLY A MEN WHY DO YOU FIGHT THE TRIBE OF BENTIU SON WITH THE FOREIGN HELP//// OR YOU NEED TO TELL US THAT YOU ARE MORE STRONGER THAN JEM, UPDF, SPLA_N,SRF,M23 AND OTHER FORCES THAT YOU HAVE HIRED////

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  • 8 May 09:11, by chuol

    SUDANTRIBUNE REPORTER YOU ARE LATE!!
    MASS MIGRATION HAS HAPPENED LAST SUNDAY WHEN DARFUR REBELS, UPDF AND SELL OUT NUER SPLA BURNED THE TOWN UNFORTUNATELY THEY WERE FINISHED FOR GOOD. BENTIU AND NASIR ARE FREE AS I SPEAK TO YOU.
    GAGUANG_KIIR, GAAJAAK_KIIR AND GAJIOOK_KIIR NEVER PLAY!!!! ASK TRAITOR GATHOTHMAI ABOUT THESE BRAVE PEOPLE

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  • 8 May 09:20, by chuol

    #Jonglei Sate_ Bor
    Bor Town_Under Kiir&Musdeveni
    Pochalla County_ Under SPLA_I.O
    Fangak County_ Under the SPLA_I.O
    Ayod County_ Under the SPLA_I.O
    Pibor County_ Under David Yau_Yau
    Akobo County_Under the SPLA_I.O
    Uror County_ Under the SPLA_I.O
    Nyirol County_ Under the SPLA_I.O
    Twic East County_ Under Kiir&Museveni
    Khorfulus/Pigi County_ Under the SPLA_I.O
    Bor South COUNTY_ Under Kiir&Museveni
    Du

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  • 8 May 09:24, by chuol

    cont.
    Duk County_Under SPLA_I.O
    #UnityState_Bentiu
    Bentiu Town_ Under the SPLA_I.O
    Leer County_ Under the SPLA_I.O
    Payinjiar County_Under the SPLA_I.O
    Mayom County_ Under the SPLA_I.O
    Rubkona County_Under the SPLA_I.O
    Koch County_Under the SPLA_I.O
    Mayiandit County_Under the SPLA_I.O
    Guit county_ Under the SPLA_I.O
    Abiemnhom County_ Under the SPLA_I.O
    Parieng County_ Under J.E.M loyal to Kiir&

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  • 8 May 09:25, by chuol

    #UpperNile State_Malakal
    Malakal Town_ Under Kiir&Museveni
    Baliet County_ Under the SPLA_I.O
    Fashoda County_Under the SPLA_I.O
    Longechuk County_Under the SPLA_I.O
    Maban County_Under the SPLA_I.O
    Makal County_ Kiir&Museveni
    Manyo County_Under the SPLA_I.O
    Maiwut County_ Under the SPLA_I.O
    Melut County_Under Kiir&Museveni
    Nasir County_Under the SPLA_I.O
    Panyikang County_Under the SPLA_I.O
    Renk Coun

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  • 8 May 09:31, by chuol

    92% OF Greater Upper Nile is under the opposition forces of Dr Riek Machar Teny. where in the world a rebel is active as SPLA_I.O///
    THE SPLA_I.O DESERVE TO BE CALLED AS GOVERNMENT BECAUSE IT IS DEFENSING THE COUNTRY FROM THE FOREIGN AGGRESSION (J.E.M, UPDF, M23, SPLA_N, S.R.F AND THE OTHER EAST AFRICANS ARMY IN UGANDAN UNIFORM)

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