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South Sudan former detainees condemn armed confrontation in Wau

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June 30, 2016 (JUBA) - A group of South Sudanese politicians from fragmented ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), has issued a statement condemning armed confrontation in which dozens of people have been killed and several others sustained injuries when Wau town, the administrative headquarters of the new created Wau state, came under heavy gun fire over the weekend, forcing thousands of civilians to flee their homes to churches and the camp of the united nations.

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SPLA forces in Wau town on May 16; 2016 (ST Photo)

“We the former political detainees wish to convey to the people of Wau our sincere condolences for the loss of their loved ones during these tragic events unfolding there. We condemn in the strongest possible terms the massacre of innocent civilians, who have nothing to do with the armed contest still continuing in the country," the group said in a statement issued on 28 June.

The statement further added that they have heard from eye witness accounts, from individuals who have fled the violent conflict, giving testimonies of horrific stories about the events which befell the town, stressing that unknown number of people have been killed.

“We join our compatriots to express grave concern about the evolving tragic situation in Wau, Western Bahr el Ghazal. Over the past few days voice of communication, eye witness stories and people who have fled from Wau tell horrific tales of violence”, it added.

Unknown number of people, according to the release, are reported to have been killed. Dead bodies are said to be strewn over the town, many people have fled to seek refuge in the bushes or in the (UNMISS) United Nations mission in South Sudan) protection of civilians camp.

The group’s spokesperson Madut Biar Yel further claimed they received reports alleging that armed uniformed men have carried out house to house executing civilians in cold blood within the town, asserting it implies total breakdown of law and order with nobody in control of the situation.

“Sadly, the events unfolding in Wau are reviving in us the sad memories of the mass slaughter of civilians in Juba in December, 2013 and repeatedly in Bor, Bentiu and Malakal in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

They urged the unity government to convene an urgent meeting preferably in Wau tow with the view of addressing the situation with immediacy and to allow the civilians to return to their homes.

(ST)

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  • 1 July 2016 09:33, by Mapuor

    The so called former political detainees and SPLM io are the architect of all massacres that are taking place in the country. There is no justification for the rejection of the 28 states since they address the issues of tribal domination in the defunct 10 states

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    • 1 July 2016 09:37, by Mapuor

      Wau has indeed seen the worst massacres in the country with poor Dinkas being burnt alive by Fartit rebels in the suburbs of Wau town. Breasts of Dika girls and women are sliced after being raped by Fartit rebels.Dr Riek Machar must shoulder the responsibility of inciting tribalism in the country.

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  • 1 July 2016 09:56, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Mapuor, you should be either mad or inhuman for condoning the killing of South Sudanese innocently wherever they are. Is this state the people of the country voted for in referendum? You can blame anybody for your misdeeds. The tools of the state should never used against the people who make the state. To hell with you.

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    • 1 July 2016 10:18, by Mapuor

      Jur Likang

      Do you really know English ? Just read my comments again and understand them. Dinka brick makers and charcoal makers are all killed by Fartit rebels in the suburb of Wau by burning them alive. Am against the killing of innocent South Sudanese. Do you enjoy killing of Dinkas round Wau by Fartit rebels? Am against killing of any human being.

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      • 1 July 2016 14:44, by Wed-wau

        Mapour,
        First of all, Jur_Likang knows English and he is right by calling you (inhuman). Wau’s massacres that occurred by your denka’s government. It happened in Fartits’ areas, where there is no a single danka family, except in Nazareth area only; if you know anything about Wau.

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        • 1 July 2016 14:48, by Wed-wau

          Mapour,
          Although you described the massacres in an opposite way; still can conformed, either you or your family’s member participated in that killing of innocents Fartit people. Its make me wandered, what is your goal by writing such tribal hateful comment? What happened in Wau, is not about Denka against Fartit, but the government against the people of South Sudan. And you are the victim of gover

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          • 1 July 2016 14:48, by Wed-wau

            Mapour,
            In state of criticizing the former detainees on their statement; let me ask you a question: why your monkey, devil possessed president Kiir did not issue any statement so fear? Is he not the president of those Fartit people who were killed by Denka SPLA?

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            • 1 July 2016 16:13, by Hardlinner

              Wed-wau, get you act right, your Fartits are indeed so stupid. why don’t fartits asked themselves as why dinka do not kill them when they go to dinka states?. in fact majority them integrate and become part of dinka community. there are thousands of them have left fartits home land and move to dinka land where they have become part of dinka themselves. why can’t fartits do the same?.

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          • 1 July 2016 16:05, by Hardlinner

            wed wau, fartits hatre on dinka did not start now but indeed in 80’s. they were the same people that falsely accused innocent dinka people of have connection to SPLA which at many occasion left to their death in hand of jalaba. the current problems were created by them first in Raja then in wau. i urge government to crackdown on armed fartits that caused problems in Wau and Raja.

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      • 2 July 2016 04:46, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        Mapuor, if you are a sane person you would call for prosecution of those Fertit who killed you Dinka tribesmen. They too deserved to be condemned. But for a government to send national troops to go and kill children, mothers, and fathers and widows who are innocent you probable see how perfect my English is in calling for sanity in your government. Government must protect all from harm.

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