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Thousands displaced in Leer as fighting escalates in Unity state

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August 24, 2016 (LEER) -As fighting intensifies south of Unity state, there is massive displacement of civilians as about 2,000 have reportedly left their homes in the last one week following clashes between the armed opposition forces and government soldiers.

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James Yaoch Bideng, the spokesperson of armed opposition, told Sudan Tribune government forces attacked their position in villages of Leer and Koch counties.

He said humanitarian agencies on the ground especially south of Unity state were overwhelmed after renewed fighting displaced thousands of people.

“Majority of the population remained in the bush with hundreds of people fleeing every day into the United Nations protection of civilians camp in Bentiu town and others more risk walking to the neighborhood of Payinjiar county for safety,” he said.

Last week, the armed opposition forces clashed with pro-government soldiers in the northern part of Leer, the capital of Southern Liech, one of South Sudan’s new states.

Bideng further said most of the people that are trapped in the conflicts went and hid and currently live in swamps and highland areas which have no access to aid agencies.

Koch, Leer and Mayiandit counties remained some of the most insecure territories in the southern part of the oil-rich Unity state since violence erupted in South Sudan in 2013.

The armed opposition official urged international organisations and the United Nations agencies to rescue the civilians on the ground that still lack humanitarian responses.

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  • 25 August 13:24, by DHARCHEP

    My question is that, were are Nuer warriors who always claim themselves that they are great fighters? Please Nuer don’t instigate the war that you will not be able to win. Dinka fought 16 Arabs countries,and no one ever come Dinka. So do you think Nuer will manage to do that? If you can’t win the war, surrender is the solution.

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    • 25 August 15:39, by jubaone

      Dharchep,

      Bla bla bla black sheep! That is jienge nonsense. You let UPDF, JEM and SPLM/N mercenaries fight for you and then you brag, we jienge...Which 16 arab countries did jienge fight, when your likes ran away as Lost Boys to kakuma or as street urchins (shamasha)in Khartoum or as jellaba slaves in El Daien?

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  • 25 August 19:50, by DHARCHEP

    Juba one or Juba two, keep shouting. Dinka is going to find all of you in all corners. Now we finished with Nuer. The only one left is gay Equatoria people. We are going to get you one by one. Keep talking shit.

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    • 25 August 20:20, by Eastern

      "Gay Equatoria people"? Your "dicks" are in trouble! The MTN hunters are gonna have a field day!

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