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S. Sudanese rebels, army clash in Eastern Equatoria state


South Sudanese SPLA soldiers in Pageri in Eastern Equatoria state on August 20, 2015 (Photo AFP/Samir Bol)

March 5, 2017 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese rebel (SPLA-IO) official said their troops clashed with pro-government forces in Eastern Equatoria state, after the latter allegedly attempted to attack their base.

The rebel spokesperson, Col. William Gatjiath Deng, said thousands of government troops were involved, but were repulsed after they attempted to retake the SPLA-IO Anyanya division headquarters.

“On Saturday morning of March 04, 2017, heavily armed Mathiang Anyor of about one thousand (1000) attempted to attack the Headquarters of the SPLA-IO Anyanya Division under the command of Cdr Major General Patrick Ohiti Chapuho at Gong. In their attempt to attack the SPLA-IO bases in and around Torit, the Mathiang Anyor used two routes, one through Imilai via Hilieu and the other through Moti via Enyif,” he said in a statement.

The official also reported what he described as the “massive” deployment of government soldiers in Imatong, one of South Sudan’s newly-created states for possible attacks on rebel forces.

During the attack, he claimed, one Captain Stephen Wani defected to the rebels, due to the “mistreatment of non-Dinka colleagues”.

“In the heavy fighting that ensued, the JCE [Jieng Council of Elders] Mathiang Anyor suffered a discouraging pursuit and by around 3 pm South Sudan times the entire Mathiang Anyor was defeated, pushed and contained inside Torit. As is their habit since December 2013 when Salva Kiir imposed this war on the people of South Sudan, Mathiang Anyor, however, managed to loot and burn down one of the Ifwothu villages,” further noted the rebel spokesperson.

He claimed 77 government soldiers were killed during the attack, although Sudan Tribune could not independently verify the claim.

On Friday, the head of the U.N mission in South Sudan urged the political leadership to support its people in the wake of the famine declared in the war-torn nation.

“Those affected by the humanitarian crisis are still citizens of this young country, and they deserve protection,” said David Shearer, adding “But the constant fighting shows they are getting none. Instead, they are bearing the brunt."

Shearer, in the statement extended to Sudan Tribune reiterated the U.N’s call for a complete cessation of hostilities between all those who are involved in the conflict.

Famine has hit parts of Unity state. Since then, humanitarian agencies and non-governmental organizations have evacuated from the heart of the afflicted-area due to threats of resumed fighting between the army and the SPLA-IO.

U.N agencies estimate that about 5.5 million people will have no reliable source of food by July.


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  • 6 March 2017 07:25, by aborigin

    It is high time we leave these madness and focus on peaceful coexistence.. we are losing our people for nothing.

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    • 6 March 2017 08:06, by Lango2010

      Stop the madness of propagating lies. this is the same claim i read in Nyamilepia yesterday, and if it true were are the causalities and dead on the other side of coin. let me hope the SPLA force were fighting the spiritual powers but not people. secondly i don’t support any victory claim by both side because those dying are our citizen and the nation is the looser. let embrace peace, cont....

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      • 6 March 2017 08:14, by Lango2010

        i say let embrace peace among ourselves because we still have many enemies to fight with on our borders, i think we shall be regreting in near future if the real enemy comes to challlenge us.

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    • 6 March 2017 08:16, by Midit Mitot

      Peace with (STD) Stephen Taban Deng and Salva Kiir will not help this country, mark my words, STD has no forces in the busy, how will he bring peace to the entire nation? let us be frank South Sudanese.

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      • 6 March 2017 08:23, by Midit Mitot

        Lango 2010,
        God can stand with some which is doing good things, SPLA-IG of Mathaing Anyoor are murdering civilians, robbing civil properties, raping vulnerable ladies etc, do you think God can help them? Am sorry! many of you guys have chronic trauma.

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        • 6 March 2017 11:25, by Kush Natives

          You need to understand first, peace doesn’t need to have force. What’s up in your brain? Those who are still attacking people on the roads are rappers and will deals with constitutionally! That’s the consequences that they have to pay. Otherwise,peace and reconciliation is going well.

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          • 6 March 2017 12:31, by Midit Mitot

            Mr Kuch Natives,
            I hope you have no clue on South Sudan political scandal, try to understand the cause and how the problem should be solve positively, if we don,t convince forces both sides, how do we preach peace @yaaaah nincompoop? Riek Machar has force as well Salva Kiir, Taban has nothing.

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            • 6 March 2017 20:57, by Kush Natives

              Mr. Midit,
              Don’t you folks feel ashamed? How ignorant are you? You should guys come back to Juba. We don’t see any objectives of your liberation rather then dying hard an agenda of hatred, there’s no reason of fighting a war without a leader? When Riek Machar is coming back to RoSS? Just keep yourselves happy by propagating every lies!

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      • 6 March 2017 11:30, by Lango2010

        you me quot of context, and i want to repeat to you that i am always not for hateful speeches. peace must pervail among our people, it not for Salva Kiir and Taban Deng nor Riek Machar. so don’t me who own the Rebelforces or Government forces. no one is clean in South Sudan atrocities.

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        • 6 March 2017 11:35, by Lango2010

          you people are so rigid to understand, and must tell you that we in a changing world, if you like it or not you must except change or change will change you. peace is a change to the war era. why do you mind of Kiir and Taban Deng. your mind set is really negative and you need to reframe from that.

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          • 6 March 2017 17:02, by Eastern

            PEACE to the war era?, Why the desperate call for peace prayer now?....

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          • 6 March 2017 19:07, by anyanya1

            This government is a piece of shit you cannot understand them but their end is coming soon.

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  • 6 March 2017 11:31, by Kush Natives

    By the way, the journalist who wrote this article is unprofessional and not even worth it to comment on this. This is a totally "Luak" journalist period.

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  • 6 March 2017 11:56, by Fair Man

    Kush Natives
    Our monyomiji are doing their constitutional mandates of protecting their people against Mathiang A. and JCE rogues. Just hit in their heads, you are known at targeting.Spoil no plots. Do not keep POWs. Give our vultures the best diets from reckless Anyoors’ dead bodies. May their souls rest in external hell for their brutality on innocent.Congratulations Anya Nya Division Command!!

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    • 6 March 2017 12:30, by South South

      Fair Man,

      You have to look to the reports about people running to Uganda everyday in big numbers, who do you think is running to Uganda? IO members cannot take the heat. This summer, all rebels should move to Uganda or to bushes, the only two places for them.

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    • 6 March 2017 14:47, by jubaone

      Fair Man,
      We extend our congrats to our "Equatorian Boys" for good job done. The battle against these jienge scoundrels and vagrants has jusy started. All will end where all started in Torit. The spirit of Equatorian Corps of 1955 of S. Lohure, A.Jaden, I. Mundiri, J. Oduho, Tafeng, Gbutala etc. will guide you. The war will only stop once the last jienge will be out of Equatoria. Nothing less ?

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      • 6 March 2017 16:25, by South South

        Internet warriors are finishing the war in internet. Meet us on the ground and you will be taught very dear lesson you will never forget.

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        • 6 March 2017 19:16, by anyanya1

          What about those dikas who are in refuge camps in Uganda are they also rebels?.

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    • 6 March 2017 14:59, by jubaone

      Fair Man,
      I join you to salute Gen. Chapuho and his "Equatorian Boys" for a well done job. Don’t relent cos these jienge scoundrels and vagrants are still in our holy and historic town; Torit. All started and will end in Torit. Our forefathers and mothers in Equatoria Corps started it. The spirits of A.Jaden, S. LOhure, I.Mundiri, J. Oduho, Gbutala, Tafeng, Loruwe, will guide and inspire you.

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    • 6 March 2017 21:08, by Kush Natives

      Mr. Fair Man,
      Being inner doesn’t count as part of the weight, you permanently accept defeat. I will be satisfied, when I received the successor of Riek from your movement. Otherwise, wasting people’s time wouldn’t be allowed. Those crossroads will be treat as rappers and terrorists. They have no objectives guide line, rather then the tribal agenda. April 2017 will the burial will be your END!

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  • 6 March 2017 12:43, by Fair Man

    South Sudan
    You are completely blind. The reports does mention that 96% of those refugees are women and children. Men don’t go anywhere other than engaging the JCE. Please read lines and words. Don’t read in abstracts. Go back and read reports of UN Agencies and prove me. We are going nowhere my dear. We don’t care how long we defeat you but determined to clash. Mind you, Dinka are refugees.

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    • 6 March 2017 12:47, by South South

      Fair Man,
      You defeat us in internet,wow. Enjoy your bushes.

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  • 6 March 2017 13:58, by Fair Man

    South Sudan
    Bushes are part of South Sudan and are towns as well. From here, we can threaten your survival in big cities. See how you are unable to move freely between cities coz of barriers we set up to hit you. We are just where are and anytime can scare your movement. Some roads are completely abandoned by your JCE. Coming to Kajo Keji is possible through Uganda-Nimule and you call it shit joke

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    • 6 March 2017 16:23, by South South

      Fair Man,
      Kajo Keji or Nimule are very empty. You can walk there for days and you see no body. SPLA is there to protect South Sudan from rebels. I know bushes are part of South Sudan, but when you are chased to live in bush, you are a coward.

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      • 6 March 2017 17:07, by Eastern

        South Sudan,

        Kajo Keji and Nimule are empty because Museni’s UPDF won’t share boarders with forces not towing their lines....! For SPLA-Kiir to move from Juba to Kajo Keji, they have to pass through Moyo in Uganda. The same applies for movement from Kajo Keji to Kaya. Continue to keep Kiir as the king and the number of South Sudanese refugees shall continue to swell!!!

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        • 6 March 2017 19:16, by South South


          This is very nice try, Kajo Keji, Kaya and other places in South Sudan are open and people can move freely. Eastern, I do not support killing of innocent people because they do know anything about the war in South Sudan. By the way, I visited Northern Uganda and I found among the refugees, rebels who fled South Sudan. Uganda gave them very straight condition to put down their guns.

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  • 6 March 2017 17:09, by Fair Man

    South Sudan
    Here is a guerrilla war, the most difficult rebellion to crash out as opposed to conventional war. It can be that until the regime becomes so weak enough so that they can be handled conventionally. So, let the music go on. We are here and you are there, and somewhere we meet and hit/crash you Anyoors!

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    • 6 March 2017 18:44, by jubaone

      Fair Man
      Gen Cirillo forms a new liberation front. Things are moving. Great news coming soon

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      • 6 March 2017 19:10, by South South

        New liberation front from Cirillo? Why? No IO. I am laughing, the guy left Juba alone without any soldier and he will continue to be alone for years to come.

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  • 6 March 2017 19:08, by Fair Man

    I got the news. So interesting so that we create our own resistance instead of relying on Dr. Riek Machar’s IO. We have sizable number of armed youth who are not comfortable with SPLM-IO coz Dinka claims that SPLM belongs to them. The best we could do, is to organize ourselves. Forward my name to General Thomas for immediate redeployment from my present area for swift operations. I’m ready

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    • 6 March 2017 19:58, by jubaone

      Fair Man,
      Do we adopt the jienge style where each combatant choses his own rank? For now we start as "internet platoon" where I shall suggest you for the rank of 2nd Leutenant, Eastern as Captain, Midit as Major and I shall be just a private. Promotions from our hqs soon to be announced. Be vigilant cos the jienge scoundrel moves everywhere (mtn) anytime.

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    • 6 March 2017 20:18, by jubaone

      Fair Man,
      It maybe easy to chase such a jienge squatter like South South . The biggest fight is driving idiocy and jiengeism. Its like telling a taliban to suddenly become a Christian. Be economical with your energies. Fighting the jienge is energy demanding.

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  • 6 March 2017 19:34, by Fair Man

    South Sudan
    You u’re one of the most primitive Jienge I have ever seen. Aren’t you aware that Cirilo only commands and those fighting you Anyoors and JCE Kiir are wherever they are? You so stupid in reading the situation, don’t be surprised to be shot at from wherever you now. Everything is connected. We are not connected to Vivacell, Zain or MTN or your hopeless network hub but updated up to!

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    • 6 March 2017 19:51, by South South

      Fair Man,

      You are very stupid or just simple minded person. This coward called Cirillo was captured by SPLA in 1992 while he was fighting with Arabs against SPLA. John Garang just lifted him up ( affirmative Action), you are nothing but coward. We are controlling South Sudan including your own village coward.

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