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Hundreds flee their villages into Yambio town


January 4, 2017 (YAMBIO) – Hundreds of citizens, mostly women and children from South Sudan’s Gbudue state have reportedly fled their homes and are currently taking refuge in schools around Yambio town as a result of the killings and burning of houses along the Rimenze-Yambio road.

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An elderly man who spoke to Sudan Tribune on condition of anonymity, said he fled due to fears he could be killed after all homes within his neighbourhood were set ablaze and properties looted.

“We are running away from our homes fearing death and all our belonging have been looted and houses are burnt and we decided to flee to Yambio town where life can be better for us,” he explained.

A few dead bodies, he added, were lying on the road between Rimenze and Yambio.

Eye witnesses have accused government’s organized forces, who were deployed to the area to provide security, for the allegedly killing innocent people and burning their houses while warning the community in the area to evacuate and leave the area for destruction. Those who resisted were allegedly killed.

On Wednesday, the acting state governor, Victor Edward visited displaced persons in Nabima primary school and brief the displaced people about the situation, assuring them that calm would be restored.

“We are going for a security meeting to discuss about the safety of the community, if it is the organized forces who were deployed there are the problem, we will call them back from those areas,” said Edward.

The security situation in Gbudue state continues to worsen after the Christmas and New Year periods, as armed men have continued looting, while over five civilians were reported killed in the same period.

Meanwhile, World Vision, UNICEF, and the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission are reportedly conducting assessment in order to supply the necessary humanitarian assistance to the population.


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  • 5 January 2017 09:13, by Eastern

    There was a ’peace talk’ recently, what happened ya El Tabani Deng? What’s disturbing the ’peace’ in Yambio?

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    • 5 January 2017 13:56, by South South

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  • 5 January 2017 09:25, by Kush Natives

    that’s very unfortunate! Our people will finish just because some warmongers are filling their pockets with blood money. I always blame the central government for the favorite of rewarding criminals instead of furnishing them, once they are caught. Those bandits are just looking for an opportunity in order get into the system. While those victims will remained victims, no matter what.

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  • 5 January 2017 11:03, by Sir King

    I have been telling you NYAM-NYAM(Dor) that stop doing aggression to Dinka and once they admit and want to revenge, you will all run away and they will occupy your homes. There is no nation whereby all citizen don’t mix irrespective of clan, tribe, culture and region. You can go to north and stay peacefully or south or west or middle. But you Dor you want to disturb the stability but taste now.

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  • 5 January 2017 11:07, by Sir King

    - Remember, all Dinka have not heard what you have been doing but only Agar and Atuot from Lakes state only will clear you off. Dinka Upper Nile will never ever see you. Stop you nonsense and let’s us go for development and embrace one another without prejudice or partiality. DENOUNCE WORD MTN every quickly. We are one people and one Nation but Kiir will one day go and we remain in South Sudan.

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  • 5 January 2017 13:11, by Fair Man

    Rubbish Rubbish!
    You were told to either take refuge to neighboring country (women and elderly) and youth join the designated IO (trainin sites) but stupidly you decided to be with Zaramoi. This is nonesense. If you have a gun, you will deter away thousand of armed soldiers. 20 armed youth are enough to block road between Yambio and Tambura. Defend yourself or you get finished by Jienges.

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  • 5 January 2017 14:43, by PEACE FOR ALL

    fair man or poor man, do not incited war among beloved citizens of South Sudan. now I think you are sitting in a safe place but you are calling for war that will not solve any problem alt all. call for peace among our beloved brothers and sisters so that we can live peacefully.
    calling for war will finish us one by one.

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  • 7 January 2017 01:33, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    There is no doubt government does not care for its citizens that is why it is killing the very citizens it draws mandate to rule. It is illogical to have a sense of belonging to such a government.

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