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S. Sudan rebels deplore targeted killing of civilians in Malakal

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

April 8, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese rebels led by former vice president Riek Machar have condemned the alleged killing of members of the Shilluk community by government forces.

Speaking at a press conference in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, rebel military spokesman Col Lony T. Ngundeng accused president Salva Kiir’s government of intensifying ethnic cleansing offensives against the Cholo (Shilluk) people in Upper Nile state capital Malakal.

The rebel official said the recent killing of Gen. James Bwogo Oliny and his 13 bodyguards was a typical example of the deliberate acts of murder being committed by Dinka forces.

Oliny, who was a major general in the South Sudanese army (SPLA) was killed on Sunday in an ambush in a government-controlled area around Akooka-Pinythiang locality.

Rebels told Sudan Tribune that the deceased were all ethnic Shilluk from Upper Nile state, the Nuer dominated rebel’s stronghold.

They said the Shilluk communities are being targeted by government forces as well as from foreign mercenaries over suspicions they are supporting the armed rebel movement.

Ngundeng said government forces were responsible for grave human rights abuses, including rape and extra-judicial killings, and were being supported by the Ugandan army (UPDF) Darfur rebels, SPLM/A-North and Congo’s M23.

He said Shilluk and Nuer people were the main targets, particularly in Malakal, Faloj oil fields and Akoka.

“This is in addition to the killing of Cholo chiefs whom they massacred between Kodok and Malakal miserably with impunity last year,” Ngundeng said.

This conspiracy the rebel military official claimed is backed by the SPLM/A led by the national governmental institutions such as the current parliament in Juba which failed to stand against the practice of extra-judicial killings people in greater Upper Nile state.

The rebel faction has appealed to the international community, including the African Union (AU), Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), UN Security Council and the troika countries, to intervene to end the killings of innocent people.

At least 20,000 people have been killed and some two million displaced since South Sudan erupted in violence in December 2013.

The IGAD-brokered peace process aimed at ending the conflict and bringing national reconciliation collapsed last month after the two warring factions failed to bridge their differences on a number of contentious issues.

An IGAD Plus peace initiative guided by a new approach and an improved draft peace agreement is expected to resume the stalled peace talks soon.

The UN has threatened to impose tougher actions against individuals obstructing the peace process, although none have been implemented to date.

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  • 9 April 2015 08:18, by Redeemer

    That is how Riek wanted to destroy South Sudan by telling tribe by tribe that you are targeted. He miss led Nuer in 2013 after failing miserably saying that all Nuer in Bhar-el-ghazal and Juba are killed thanks to Dinka for not responding as Wau, Rumbek, Awiel and Kuajok is still a home to Nuer

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  • 9 April 2015 08:57, by Redeemer

    Riek gave birth to Tribalism in Sudan in 1991 when he formed a tribal movement SSLA/SSLM. I kindly request you dear readers to go through Riek’s profile online, you will know the vision of this man

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    • 9 April 2015 09:40, by Mayom County Boy

      rebel of riek machar are just misleading the whole public for nothing .
      why they are worrying for shiluk communities life while when crisis erupted Shiluk are second enemy to nuer,good enough they get insecurity from dinka let them face the same consequence who were been face by nuer during 15 December 2013 in Juba .

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      • 9 April 2015 16:32, by Panda Odhie

        do not have anything to work on than to say noneses

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  • 9 April 2015 17:00, by Realist

    Nuer have killed more Shilluk, Anyuak, and Maban more than this. Who is terrorizing people in Greater Upper Nile? Who is occupying land from minority tribes in Greater Upper Nile? Who is at war with all neighbors in Greater Upper Nile? The answer to all those question is Nuer. I think Nuer people really need to re-evaluate themselves.

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  • 9 April 2015 17:00, by Realist

    Nuer have killed more Shilluk, Anyuak, and Maban more than this. Who is terrorizing people in Greater Upper Nile? Who is occupying land from minority tribes in Greater Upper Nile? Who is at war with all neighbors in Greater Upper Nile? The answer to all those question is Nuer. I think Nuer people really need to re-evaluate themselves.

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  • 15 April 2015 23:21, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Machar, please stop your propaganda. You killed over 10,000 innocents people than what South Sudan government had killed. You fought for your position not the right of the people. You killed young Nurse’s men for your selfish greed. When are you going to learn? You did it in 1991, and you was forgiven. Than, 2013, and you are still slaughtering innocents people as we speak. So, stop...

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  • 15 April 2015 23:21, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Machar, please stop your propaganda. You killed over 10,000 innocents people than what South Sudan government had killed. You fought for your position not the right of the people. You killed young Nurse’s men for your selfish greed. When are you going to learn? You did it in 1991, and you was forgiven. Than, 2013, and you are still slaughtering innocents people as we speak. So, stop...

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