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Over 50, 000 South Sudanese fled to Uganda last month: U.N

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February 7, 2017 (KAMPALA) – At least 52,000 South Sudanese fled the country into neighbouring Uganda in January alone as continued fighting risks creating a situation of mass atrocities, the United Nations special adviser on genocide prevention said Tuesday.

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Adama Dieng, UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, addresses a press conference in Juba on Friday 11, 2016 (UNMISS Photo)

Adama Dieng said those displaced, mainly from Kajo-Keji in the country’s Central Equatoria state gave horrific accounts on killing of civilians, destruction of homes and several cases of sexual violence.

“President Salva Kiir has made a commitment to end the violence and bring about peace, yet we still see ongoing clashes, and the risk that mass atrocities will be committed remains ever-present,” he said.

The senior U.N official said he was particularly alarmed by the situation in Kajo-Keji where fleeing civilians warned of mass violence.

South Sudan descended into war in late December 2013, leaving tens of thousands dead and over three million people displaced.

The U.N official, however, said despite the serious security situation in the country, access of the its peacekeeping mission to and around Kajo-Keji has been restricted as peacekeepers were initially blocked from accessing the area.

“The freedom of movement of residents has also reportedly been limited. Some have reportedly been instructed to leave Kajo-Keji,” Dieng said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Others who fled their homes and moved towards the border area between South Sudan and Uganda were reportedly intercepted by government forces,” he added.

According to the U.N official, some of those seeking refuge reportedly used a number of informal border crossing points to enter Uganda, as armed groups prevented the use of major roads, forcing them to travel through the bush, without access to food and water.

Various areas in the Equatorias, the U.N said, have been similarly targeted, and some 20,000 people were displaced from Wau Shilluk in Upper Nile last week, following violence that left many without emergency health care, safe drinking water, food and shelter.

In November 2016, Dieng drew attention to the dire situation in Yei River State, following his visit to Yei River town, where credible information suggested that a scorched earth campaign was underway, targeting suspected opposition members and civilian communities believed by authorities to be their supporters.

He reported the expulsion of farmers from their land, looting of property, burning of villages and brutal violence against civilians.

During the African Union summit held in Ethiopia last month, the African Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, and the United Nations expressed their deep concerns, in a joint statement, over the continuing spread of fighting and risk of inter-communal violence escalating into mass atrocities in South Sudan.

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  • 8 February 07:50, by Eastern

    With all this happening, Kiir shamelessly wants to conduct an election where he will emerge winner just to delude the world that he’s a legitimately elected president. Kiir belongs in The Hague http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/South-Sudan-election-Salva-Kiir/2558-3803784-tts3gyz/index.html

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  • 8 February 09:19, by Sir King

    Adam Dieng,
    They have fled to Uganda but they are Ugandans by Origin. They are just returning to the homes of ancestors. Why do you lie. If you go there now, you will find them even competing for the positions e.g. MP, Chairpersons, commissioners, and some are even building their storeys and Mansons in Uganda. Are such people South Sudan? Let them go to their ancestoral lands.

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  • 8 February 09:22, by Sir King

    - You see, they are really disturbing the real original South Sudanese. They came from that country to disturb the living population of South Sudan.
    Adam Dieng,
    Why do you think EQUATORIANS claim to be the most qualified people in South Sudan. Why did they gain that higher education qualifications? It is because, they are not South Sudanese. They just came to gain opportunities-

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    • 8 February 20:04, by jubaone

      Sir King,
      If Equatorians are Ugandans, then you must be thankful that it was the UPDF that saved Kiir´s ass and that of terrified jienges from Riak. Ask God also, he will tell you, we Equatorians are just intelligent. How can you compare us human beings with tailless monkeys? It takes just 5 minutes to teach a tailless monkey to carry a gun, but decades to carry a pen. Just dump skull losers.

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    • 9 February 06:24, by jubaone

      Sir King,
      Just go and buy one fake certificate from some bogus Kenyan or Ugandan University cos that is what academic impostors and MTN idiots do best. Please! why cant you look after cows or work as security guards? You dont need certificates for such jobs and you are best for that cos you eat much, sit idly for long hours and dont need to think.

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  • 8 February 09:26, by Sir King

    - Foreigners to come and gain opportunities in NEW INDEPENDENCE NATION does not mean that they are citizens of this country. Citizens are they one who are cooperating to bring up this country. Now, they term rest of the tribes illiterate, why? It is because they remained behind to fight for 21 years against Arabs and Equatorians were just enjoying their countries of Uganda, Congo and CAR.

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  • 8 February 09:29, by Sir King

    - Balanda from Western Bhar el Ghazal and part of Western Equatoria are Pigmies from Central Africa Republic and Kakwa, Madi, Logwara, Kuku etc are inhabitants of Northern Uganda while Azande of Western Equatoria are inhabitants of Northern and North Western Congo DRC. What are you talking about ya Adam Dieng.

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    • 8 February 14:53, by Eastern

      And you have forgotten to add: the dinkas have also returned to Sudan albeit leaving as refugees....

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    • 8 February 20:08, by jubaone

      Sir King,
      I know you want very much to be an Equatorian BUT NO! You are either born as an Equatorian or not. Many jienges want to live and die in Equatoria, but we say, even a lizard that lies in water for ages cant turn into a crocodile. A jienge is a jienge. Kiir and some jienges say "ana jienge ta Yei" No. So they desperately now call places like: Thongpiny, or Jebel Jienge in Juba. Bullshit

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