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S. Sudan rebels say attacking aid workers “a war crime”

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March 26, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudanese rebels have condemned Saturday’s killing of six aid workers in a remote location of the war-torn country, calling for immediate investigations into the incident.

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Oxfam aid workers in Mingkaman, South Sudan, oversee the distribution of food to displaced people in August 2014. (Photo Pablo Tosco/Oxfam)

The attack on the workers, an official said, constitutes a “war crime”.

“Humanitarian workers have always been of great help to the suffering population of South Sudan in PoCs [Protection of Civilians] sites, refugee camps, remotes areas and internally displaced camps. We respect their hard work and sacrifices in helping most vulnerable communities,” said deputy rebel spokesperson, Paul Gabriel Lam.

He added, “It’s unfortunate that this support is being negatively understood by some negative forces.”

The staffs from a national non-governmental organisation were reportedly ambushed in their vehicle in a government-controlled area on the Juba-Pibor road Saturday morning and their bodies were found on the road by others members of the convoy who were some way behind.

Lam blamed the attack on pro-government forces, saying it occurred in an under the control of the South Sudanese army (SPLA).

“We are aware that the area where this barbaric incident took place is under the control of Juba regime and its militias. The SPLA -IO calls for an independent investigation into this act of terrorism and cowardice towards the innocent hard working aid workers in the country,” he stressed in an interview with Sudan Tribune on Sunday.

The killing of aid workers hampers the provision of assistance to the population in a country where famine was recently declared, with another 5 million on the brink of starvation.

South Sudan’s conflict, the outcome of a rivalry between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar has led to the death of thousands and displacement of millions.

Meanwhile, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for South Sudan, David Shearer urged the government to investigate and apprehend the aid workers’ killers.

“The United Nations condemns this appalling and pointless loss of life,” said Shearer.

“This cold-blooded killing is utterly reprehensible, not least, because these aid workers were dedicated to alleviating the ongoing suffering of the people of South Sudan,” he added.

The latest incident reportedly brings to 79 the total number of aid workers killed in South Sudan since December 2013.

This, he said, is “an indication that the country is one of the most dangerous places in the world in which to be a humanitarian worker”.

In recent months, there has been a sharp rise in attacks on aid workers and their premises, mirroring a rapid deterioration in security and the country’s economic situation.

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  • 27 March 15:10, by Kush Natives

    That’s what exactly happened in a country full with more than seven rebels factions in the bushes. The other don’t even tells, who did what,but rather finger pointing on the government. Nobody attacked the aid workers, rather then you out there! 3 weeks ago, You were the ones kidnapping an oil workers in upper Nile states. Since you’re well-known for kidnapping, ambushing is now become a new tacti

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    • 27 March 16:37, by jubaone

      Kush Natives,
      Dont twist facts, ya jienge. This barbaric act took place in govt controlled areas and we suspect these are the "manyors". Kiir and his goons are afraid of the RPF and are sending a message, that they will ambush any foreign troops. IGAD, UN and all NGO must hold Kiir accountable. Kiir has lost control over his criminal thugs and luak bandits.

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      • 27 March 17:19, by Kush Natives

        jubaone,
        There’s no facts here, if you the bandits are killing innocent civil populations in in the ticket of the government. RPF are not coming here to help you distabalize to this country. If this the new tactic that you put out there legitimizing as a platform for bringing in the rappers. Then, you’re shamelessly failed.

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        • 27 March 19:09, by jubaone

          Kush Natives,
          This is evidence enough that Kiir has no control over his criminal thugs or unknown gunmen. He should just allow the RPF and UN to take over the country. An undisciplined army that rapes aid workers, refugees and innocent women is nothing but a group of lawless thugs who are fit to be hanged.

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          • 27 March 20:12, by Kush Natives

            Jubaone,
            If you have problem with the government, then come closer. I am unable to defeat you on the keyboards. Those RPF have their own families where they will come from that they will worry about. Do you think that they will be happy to come to South Sudan? Just their boss will forced them to come. But, don’t ever want here. Well, get it correctly, I am only worried about an innocent women__

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            • 27 March 20:20, by Kush Natives

              Con__Jubaone,
              Girls in Eastern, Western, central Equatoria, Jonglei and few counties in Wau who will definitely face the severely rapes, harassment, humiliations and so forth. We will deploys those destructive forces in those places that I mentioned above, no single of those rappers and hungry dogs will be allowed in northen part of Upper Nile and Bhar El Ghazal states. We will deal with what_

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              • 27 March 20:27, by Kush Natives

                Con_ Jubaone,
                you guys been lobbing, and inviting to yourselves. Mankind always learns the hard way. That way, you will never ever talk of foreign forces in your life time. I will expect RPF leaving behind 5,000 children in the Jungle of Equatoria when they leave.

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                • 27 March 21:09, by Eastern

                  Kush natives,

                  Case closed; we are inviting our partners for change to converge on Juba from all directions. Don’t worry with what the RPF will leave in Equatoria. The jellaba SAF left behind hundred of thousand of children in Aweil and Wau. How abou that?

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  • 27 March 19:02, by Real Talk

    Shame on you,instead of letting them to rescue hungry people to safe their lives nor killing them,i am sure that those attackers who made this mess have some relatives suffering from hunger.

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  • 27 March 20:41, by victory john

    what aregim in southsudan!!this situation that we have faced under kiir regim it can never march for the situation that we have been faced under sudan north ,the humanterian workers they just help the population of country to suffer from famin which dominate the whol great Bahir Gazel and other parts of great uppernil .pleas brothers ,sister and fathers be withdraw from the kirr regim .

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  • 28 March 03:32, by Dinka-Defender-General

    kidnapping aid workers, civilians, rape, genocide, killing women, children, elders, and denying of killing are specialty of rebels throughout South Sudan. We, the South Sudan people know rebels killed innocent civilians in Mosques, hospitals, churches, but they denied it. Therefore, how would you expect them to accept this specific killing of innocents aid workers who deliver services to them.

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    • 28 March 03:38, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Rebels including their prisoner leader number 2281391 Machar are criminals, murderers, and master of deniers. For instance, they killed half of Dinka Bor population specially children, women, elders, and they denied everything with evidences.

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