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UN reports mass displacement in South Sudan’s Kajo-Kaji


February 4, 2017 (JUBA) - Civilians continue to massively flee Kajo-Keji in Central Equaloria as result of the increasing violence and insecurity in the region, said UN spokesperson in a press briefing on Friday evening.

Speaking to the media at the UN headquarters in New York, Stéphane Dujarric, said they received reports from aid groups indicating mass displacement of people from areas in and around Kajo-Keji in Central Equatoria heading to Uganda.

"More than 4,000 people arrived into Uganda on 28 January alone,".Dujarric said.

He said that refugees report killings of civilians, sexual violence, and fears of arrest and abduction to explain their exodus.

The spokesperson further pointed that around 30,000 people from different locations in Central Equatoria are sheltered in three internally displaced persons’ sites in Liwolo area, outside of Kajo-Keji.


UN officials since last November reported the increasing violence on tribal lines in the Central Equaoria region generally and in Yei River State specifically. They further warmed that all the ingredients of genocide are in place.

But Juba strongly denied such claims and dispatched several high level teams to the conflict affected region.

Yei which was a symbol of peaceful coexistence between South Sudanese from different origins is the scene of attacks between tribal militias loyal to the government of President Salva Kiir and local rebels loyal to the former First Vice President Riek Machar.

SPLM-IO Spokesperson Wayi Godwill Edward said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Saturday they repulsed an attack carried on their position at Ombasi in Yei River County by the "Mathiang Anyoor militia" of Bahr el Ghazal loyal to the government in Juba.

"32 dead bodies of the regime militiamen were found at the battle scene following the deadly fight. Some of them are scattered into the forests while others ran and are being pursued towards Yei Town by the gallant SPLA-I.O forces," Edward said.


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  • 5 February 22:38, by Eastern

    .....this what happens to a very passive community; serves them right!

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  • 5 February 22:45, by Eastern

    Kiir’s visiting Yei tomorrow to spread the lie about his invisibility and capability in bringing Sputh Sudanese together. What do the Yei people have tell Kiir without "fear?"

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    • 6 February 00:43, by South South

      This is what we keeping telling those who choose internet to spread lie about war in South Sudan. Now, when things are very hot people start running to Uganda. We need peace in our country.

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      • 6 February 08:55, by Tilo

        South South,
        Things become hot when government is killing civilians
        Shame on you man, Government should go after IO not unarmed poor civilians who are trying to make living in the hard hit economic country and your here saying your a man. Go after men IO not civilians.
        Go to Malakal and Polach buddy, not poor civilians in Kejo-Keji.

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        • 6 February 09:01, by South South


          Malakal and Polach are under control of the government, check that first before you put it out to social media. No, government in Kejo-Keji is not killing civilians, government is killing IO fighters. Go to Uganda and check that, they run to Uganda everyday when things heat up. Uganda asks them to put down their guns and go to refugee camps, that’s where they belong, don’t you agree with me

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        • 6 February 09:02, by Mayom County Troops

          To; Dear Brother
          please ask UN
          is this first time for UN to witness mass displacement in South Sudan ?

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  • 6 February 12:19, by Sir King

    Civilians who violated being mere civilians and they started targeting every non EQUATORIANS moving long the roads and kill everybody are criminals and the national armies must deal with them. Stop crying. Continue targeting people again. That is why I do tell that you, EQUATORIANS are foolish and lack patriotism; otherwise, a wise citizens can not do such stupid thing.

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    • 6 February 14:56, by hamil

      Sir King

      You and the likes of you running the government are the stupidest people the world has ever seen. If you are that wise why don’t you wise up everything in the country; look at how bad things are in the nation. Do you actually wake up each morning to ask yourself why this is happening? Where is your wisdom Mr. shallow brains oh...do you actually have brains? I doubt coz you don’t reason.

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