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South Sudan army denies mass killings in Yei River county


August 29, 2016 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese army (SPLA) command has dismissed reports alleging that forces targeted innocent civilians perceived to be hoarding food items and sympathizing with youth suspected to have links with the armed opposition.

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A SPLA soldier stands in front of a vehicle in Juba on December 20, 2013. (Photo Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

The deputy spokesperson of the SPLA, Col. Santo Doming the report was an attempt to tarnish the image of the army by "anti-peace elements within the community".

He said the army command was unaware of such allegations against the military, but admitted the existence of hostile groups opposed to restoration of law and order in the area.

“For sure these are allegations do not carry any single truth. They are the work of anti-peace elements who are determined to concoct such divisive allegations to appeal an ethnic attention the activities of our gallant forces who are working hard to restore law and order in the country so that civilians to stay safe in their homes so as to resume their normal life”, said Doming.

The officer’s remarks came in the wake of allegations that security forces slaughtered five family members, who included three elders in Yei county of Central Equatoria state.

Government forces, the locals say, entered a village in Mukaya county in the early hours of Wednesday and hacked a family of five to death. They allegedly returned on Thursday in a large number estimated to be about 180 heavily armed personnel and hacked three others elders before ransacking the whole village and made away with the looted items.

The three elders, sources told Sudan Tribune on the condition of anonymity, were killed because of alleged allegiance of their sons to politicians allied to the armed opposition.

This incident came days after government forces with armed opposition forces in Gimunu, an area located 8 miles on Yei-Juba road, resulting in the death of two civilians.

Eyewitnesses said government soldiers burnt down everything in Gimunu, forcing civilians to flee the area for safety. The incident triggered a massive exodus of civilians to neigbouring Uganda, where millions of people from different ethnic groups in the country are seeking safety since 2013 in refugee camps located in neighboring nations.


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  • 29 August 2016 22:44, by Khent

    The "army" denies everything, even when the evidence is insurmountable. South Sudan doesn’t even have an army at this point but a tribal armed gang of misfits and sadists. Stop killing, raping and pillaging and the country could have peace.

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    • 30 August 2016 00:24, by Mr Point

      That is a remarkable statement of how things are from one of the most Well informed commenters in this forum.

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    • 30 August 2016 11:08, by Hardlinner

      Khent, we all against civilians killing. Those in equatoria should also stop killing innocent dinka civilians along juba numile road. All Lives are important. Equatorias should also stop following riek, unless they don’t want kiir to be vote out of government. Riek is mass murderer and corrupt at the time. South sudan does not need kiir and riek.

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  • 30 August 2016 02:55, by Force 1

    The question would be: Why would the government soldiers killed innocent civilians that are no threat to either government soldiers or its installations? That’s the question any reasonable person would asked before he or she accused the government of doing such a thing! >>>>>>

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    • 30 August 2016 02:57, by Force 1

      >>>>>Second of all; it is acceptable and anyone’s right to be either for or against the government; but it would be utterly insane for anyone to think that; the government is killing innocent men, women and children who have no threat to the government in any way shape or form!

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      • 30 August 2016 11:12, by Mr Point

        It would be utterly insane to use the army as a tool to provoke half the population to rebellion.

        Why are there so many reports of SPLA doing what SAF did to Abyei?

        It would be insane for innocent civilians to make these allegations if it did not happen.

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        • 30 August 2016 17:14, by Force 1

          Provocation; really! Who provoke innocent people who haven’t done anything wrong? Here is rule #1; you can’t be armed in a civilian clothes and poked government soldiers in the eyes and if the government deal with you as armed combatants in civilian clothes; all of a sudden you “cry victim” as being innocent civilians! >>>>>>>

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          • 30 August 2016 17:16, by Force 1

            >>>>You see; you can’t have it both ways! You can either hold your ground as a rebel against the government and take the government soldiers head on; or stay safe as a civilian. If you’re a reporter; stay as a reporter and report both sides fairly but if you pick and choose the side you like; and still claim to be a reporter; then you need to go back to school and study what journalism is.

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          • 31 August 2016 00:12, by Mr Point

            Maybe you will have more understanding when you’re a little older.

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    • 30 August 2016 08:35, by Dengda

      @ force 1, silly question indeed don’t try it again on forum whereby views are exchange. Could you as why thieves steal? could you ask why robberies and robbed and murdered people? I thought those are on this site are people who love the country and should change ideas how best the country should run and which direction. But people Force 1 and Dinka general are here to stage naïve agruments.

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      • 30 August 2016 11:21, by Hardlinner

        Dengda, u people need to disown Riek. How the hell am I suppose to reject kiir when u support Riek. I know for fact that kiir is corrupt and weak but atleast he not threat to my life. But riek, first he is corrupt, vision less, muderer and above all, he is on course to kill dinka civilians just like he did In 1991 and 2013. Carry on supporting him and u will find me holding my gun ready to fight u

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  • 30 August 2016 04:50, by ngadodo

    Dinka Tribes it’s martyr and last bad human being all over the World, Dinka doesn’t have Sympathy to fellow human being interesting just to killing without reason that, why God finishing South Sudan because of them, denied yei killing what you thinking what should said.

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    • 30 August 2016 08:42, by wacjak

      Ngadod, please I beg you, don’t waste your time writing something that nobody understands except you. Do you want to learn Engish language on this webpage? No, this page won’t help you. Stop please.

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      • 30 August 2016 13:51, by ngadodo

        wacjak, Dinkas Killing South Sudanese than never before even Arab in North Sudan doesn’t killing big numbers of none Dinkas like dinkas doing Nowadays, SS people facing Colonialism which anyone didn’t knew before don’t hidden your Secret of Grapping Land in Juba and elsewhere and Taking others people wives with children. your behave not good at all you better go back and views what your people doi

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        • 30 August 2016 13:53, by ngadodo

          doing to others tribes not fairs, you want to holding on leadership by forcing all Country your bad behave which you had in Dinkas.

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          • 31 August 2016 04:38, by Eyez

            You can kill and destroy, but the time is ticking and soon you Jienge shall reap what you sow. You have shown that you’re panicking and desperate to cling on to power by any means necessary, thus, you plunder and try to cause fear among the people.

            Mukaya county is the heart of the Pojululand, so expect to die, like what happened in Bereka Payam to Kiir’s troops.

            Pojulu Son

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    • 30 August 2016 08:43, by Dengda

      @ Ngadod one more time I warn you, to stop mention tribes or if you just don’t know to present your argument local logically better shot up and stop wasting other people mind who read your comments, assuming it holding water, but it always appear to be empty nest. Remember thing Dinka are holding key power, but with Dinka like me and rests of colleagues who you are abusing now. Guess what....?

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  • 30 August 2016 08:41, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Let them keep on denying. The fact is they are now involved in massacre in Central Equatoria. They can deny facts but we are the loosers of our relatives. The dead are our fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, cousins and nephews. In Yei it is death brought to home. God condemn these semi human beings terrorising our people.

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  • 30 August 2016 08:50, by Dengda

    Three Equotarian states citizens, when the fight broke out and you expect to join you fall behind and when the fight stop and peace is going achieved you raising up? What exactly you going to achieved in such dodgy work? I think Dinka as your one enemy has achieved it goal. Nuer Vs Nuer and vice versa. I don’t think either Riek put trust in you anymore. Please bear with Caine on head, sorry.

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  • 30 August 2016 11:27, by Kerem

    There is something that Equatorians have failed to understand. The fact that they are peaceful people and have a sense of humor. The were wise to be fighting the economic war by securing all jobs in UN and NGOs compared to other citizens however, they later got poisoned by the senseless fighting between the government and the Riek’s faction. Now they are smelling a real rotten rat.

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    • 30 August 2016 17:03, by jubaone


      First, Equatorians get NGO jobs by academic qualifications and merits what most jienges do not have and so get government positions that are pushed to them "jienge bonus". You don’t have to be intelligent and so carrying guns is what idiots do best
      Secondly, Equatorians see jienges as insects that have invaded and infested our lands eating, wiping everything. So we have to deal with that.

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  • 30 August 2016 11:47, by Kerem

    Force 1,

    The underlying truth is that media has been pocketed by the opposition otherwise your question should have been circulated by media "Why should government kill innocent citizens" It is a great question indeed but #elimination of Dinka# has entered every tribe’s mind and could not any longer reason

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