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May 13, 2015 (WAU) - United States’ government said it had “credible” reports that South Sudan government was responsible for the recent renewed fighting with rebels in the oil-rich Unity state.

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Soldiers from the South Sudanese army (SPLA) on guard in Bentiu, the capital of South Sudan’s Unity state on 12 January 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

US embassy in the Republic of South Sudan’s capital, Juba, on Tuesday issued a statement condemning the ongoing offensive by the government, saying its office was disturbed by grave human rights abuses in the country, particularly in the areas of Mayom and south of Bentiu.

“The United States is deeply concerned by new reports of heavy fighting in northern state of Unity following a government offensive against opposition forces,” it said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

The accusation came after government forces loyal to president Salva Kiir allegedly launched an offensive in the home town of the rebel leader, Riek Machar in the northern part of the country.

“We call on the government to allow protection actors to inspect sites where violations are alleged to have occurred, to include Nhialdiu, Wathjak, and Nimni,” it further stated.

It said attacks on civilians was unacceptable and would likely deepen and prolong the suffering of ordinary South Sudanese, warning of consequences to those committing the crimes.

“Those who threaten the peace in South Sudan or violate international humanitarian law must be held accountable,” it said.

The statement also called on the rebel group to restrain from retaliating against the government, urging to stop the war from escalating further.

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Similar reports from UN and civilians suggested that government forces and the rebels group were responsible for committing atrocities of human rights violations in Guit and Koch.

Aid workers leaving the area said the violations included burning of civilians’ homes and abduction. The embassy also expressed concern that absence of UN and other humanitarian actors on the ground will greatly reduce the delivery of life-saving aid to vulnerable populations.
Reports of eyewitnesses also decried a situation of mass rapes and killing of civilians by the warring parties in the 17-month long conflict in the young nation.

The embassy said those atrocities constitute the obstacles in the peace process in violation of the international humanitarian law and called for accountability against any side that committed crimes.

It also called on the warring parties to put down their weapons and reach a political settlement to end the war.

At least 300,000 civilians are displaced in the latest round of clashes near Bentiu, the capital of Unity state, according to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).

Fighting between government forces resumed in the last two weeks in Unity and Upper Nile states. Both sides blamed the other for triggering the most intensive clashes in recent months.

Efforts to resume peace talks between the two factions are still in the pipeline as no date is yet fixed for the process led by the East African regional bloc (IGAD) to bring the parties back to the negotiating table.

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  • 14 May 2015 05:17, by lino

    Gen. Kiir, your dark history is overshadowing your bright history of 1990’s and 1980’s. Please come to your sense as Kiir Mayardit!!!

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    • 14 May 2015 07:50, by hamil

      I am one of those who voted against the separation of Siuth Sudan from the North. I am happy to say I don’t regret my vote at all because because much as I am a South Sudanese I knew this country would be drowned in this mess I anticipated the genocides, corrruption, tribalism and all the evil doings of the Jieng to happen. Only a fool would not realize these things could happen

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      • 14 May 2015 07:54, by hamil

        South Sudan was better off under the Arabs than it is now; this country is hell let loose upon its people still the leaders and some fools don’t realize this is a Divine punishment. God is angry with the land grabbings of poor and innocent people, God is not happy with the unlawfulness, sectarianism, greed, blood shed, arrogance, and all sorts of wickedness committed by the Jieng in South Sudan.

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        • 14 May 2015 07:59, by hamil

          There will be no solutions to the problems in this country not until the Jieng swallow their stupid and empty good for nothing pride and start behaving like human beings instead of behaving like wild animals. They can keep quiet and pretend things are ok in South Sudan but God will pluck them one by one and those who contributed to the suffering of the people of South Suda will face God’s wrath

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          • 14 May 2015 08:04, by hamil

            If you go to every part of the world all Dinkas are heated even in South Sudan they are the nimber one hated figure of all the civil population in South Sudan. If the Jieng have the brain to embrace a true human life they should ask themselves why they are hated so much everywhere they go in the world. The answer is simple; "Your attitude and behaviour is not human at all"

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            • 14 May 2015 08:09, by hamil

              A Dinka is just a wild animal that resembles a human being because whatsoever you do he won’t learn. The Jieng don’t know what is good and bad, what they shoud and should not do. If they take a decision it is final whether good or bad. They will struggle to be loved by the rest of the people in the world. This is a curse upon them wherever they go trouble is stirred and peace is disrupted.

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              • 14 May 2015 08:14, by hamil

                May God punish this country more and more painfully until the people learn and understand and start behaving like real human beings. Those responsible for the blood shed in South Sudan will weep in their death beds they don’t deserve mercy or forgiveness from God. Let this Country continue to suffer until God chooses the right leader to unite the people under the umbrella of peace, love & harmony

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                • 14 May 2015 08:27, by dinkdong

                  Get over yourself. There might not be God and if there is, then He will deal with the haters like you.

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                • 14 May 2015 10:52, by Panda Odhie

                  Dear HAMIL
                  Human being cannot judge who are the right people in South Sudan except the God that you call to punish certain group, can have good judgment. A thief can not confess what he does immediately as he arrested, or people said red-handed thief and protect yourself. it is difficult for people like you and where you came from plus other sections in SS to admitted that we all have problem.

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                • 14 May 2015 18:03, by Stephen kuach

                  Hamil.
                  can i ask you one question.
                  why do you wish the entire country to be punish by God just because you don’t like single tribe called Dinka,i think you’re type of people that can’t handle the hardship?let us embrace the spirit of love and resist the devil’s way,i hope and believe that someday s.Sudanese shall come to their sense and we shall be loving one another again.

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              • 14 May 2015 19:28, by Force 1

                Hamil;
                Go and live in Sudan what are you doing in South Sudan?

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              • 14 May 2015 19:35, by Force 1

                Hamil;
                Well; the animals Dinka seems to be better and smarter than you’re; that’s why they are in charge of you in South Sudan! Now how dumb would you be for the animals to be your masters? It’s a simple logic that some animals are better and smarter than other animals; so what’s your next frustration?

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            • 14 May 2015 08:24, by dinkdong

              Didn’t you mean "hate" and "number?" It look like you are a hater yourself.

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            • 14 May 2015 13:01, by Mayom County Boy

              USA government fail to bring the two warring parties to negotiation table by all means.
              why always blaming this two warring parties
              I beg your power leadership USA government please do something that may be better for all innocent civilians of Republic of South Sudan.
              protecting their lives is something very important.

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      • 14 May 2015 09:13, by Big Boy

        Dear Hamill,
        Hamill, you need to sort yourself out mate, all you ever do is insult Dinka’s. No one actually cares, its yourself who obsesses over Dinka’s, no one else. Its quite sad to be honest..You know how they say dogs reflect the behavior and characteristics of their owners? Same thing here between this well known food-lover militia of Nuer and Riak as the ’owner’.

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      • 14 May 2015 09:34, by Big Boy

        Dear Hamil,
        Hamill you need to sort yourself out mate, all you ever do is insult Dinka’s. No one actually cares, its yourself who obsesses over Dinka’s, no one else. Its quite sad to be honest you know how they say dogs reflect the behavior and characteristics of their owners? Same thing here between this food-lover militant of Nuer and Riak as the ’owner’

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  • 14 May 2015 06:15, by LL Reuben

    USA government is the most hypocritical criminal establishment in the entire world. Why did they sent belligerent fool Riek Machar to the bush again if they know the badness of war. US double standard policy where they ruin other countries’ government only to install puppets that will allied to them in return for power. US invades countries at will and no one else dares to say anything.

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    • 14 May 2015 06:33, by marie

      LL Ruben, your master Kiir trigger the war in South Sudan against his own people and you are shifting the blame to USA. Did USA killed people in Juba between Dec 13 to 16, 2013? Ask your president why did he start the war in the first place instead of trying to fool people by your bias comments. Do a soul searching within yourself and come to a conclusion. You people afflicted pain on everyone.

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    • 14 May 2015 08:41, by hamil

      @LL Rueben,

      I respect your opinion but you must also realize that the cause of this war is because Kiir is against reforms in South Sudan. No changes will come to a country and it won’t move forward if it doesn’t embrace reforms

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  • 14 May 2015 07:01, by lino

    Ya LL Reuben, yesterday you were holding a banner written God Bless USA and what are you saying today???
    In fact, Kiir Mayardit was their chosen boy after Dr. John death; did you study history before???

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  • 14 May 2015 08:37, by Mapuor

    The current war is being nurtured by foreign agendas and people should not cry. Lets fight it till final victory. War is war and there is nothing wrong with fighting it.Rebel are not ready for peace.

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  • 14 May 2015 12:03, by Kenyang

    Short cut for Dinka haters is suicide. Dinka, largest and natural habitat of South Sudan is not going anywhere.

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    • 14 May 2015 14:11, by Eastern

      Kenyang,

      It’s not about dinka going somewhere; it’s about reform in South Sudan. The country is for ALL the ethnicities in the country. The ones you call minorities have as much right as your so-called majority dinkas. The majorities will not have peace if the minorities are not at peace!

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      • 14 May 2015 16:54, by Hardlinner

        Eastern, we need reform. But the people responsible for current and fast wars have to call it a quit. Both kiir and riek should resign and so as people with guerillas mentality. We need people with modern thinking capacity. Not partly villagers or tribal affiliates. I may be dinka, but unverse does not treat me as part of dinka but individual. We need government based on logic not on perception.

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