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SPLM-IO rebels say aid workers were killed by government


Displaced women and children under a hot sun in South Sudan's Maban County, where food shortages are causing tension. (UNHCR/P. Rulashe Photo)

March 31, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudanese rebels have accused the government of killing the six aid workers in an ambush last Saturday, saying it is a designed policy to obstruct humanitarian assistance to locations inhabited by non-Dinka population.

Col. William Gatjiath Deng, the rebel SPLM-IO spokesperson said that even though the government has denied the killings, the blaming of other armed groups indicates their responsibility for the deadly attacks on the humanitarian convoy in the area.

“However much the Juba regime tries to dodge, deny and blame others, including the SPLA-IO, both its atrocities against the innocent and defenceless civilians since December 2013 and direct involvement in the brutal and merciless killing of six humanitarian aid workers belonging to the national Grassroots Empowerment and Development Organization,” he said.

The victims including Elisa Yani, Joseph Wanjau, David Wanaina, Samson Mbuga, John Rita and Kil Chop were murdered in an ambush along Juba- Bor road while they were heading to Pibor for humanitarian operations.

“The ruthless Jieng Council of Elders (JCE) regime in Juba have so far bluntly placed and imposed on humanitarian aid movements, services, distribution and access in non-Dinka areas of South Sudan. The killings not only constitutes a war crime; it once again proves beyond reasonable doubt to the world that the JCE regime in Juba, unlike the SPLM-IO, has been, still is and will always be a monstrous terrorist in its purest form,” added the spokesman.

The armed rebels claim it was the governments’ political tactics to target humanitarian movements and kill the GREDO humanitarian aid workers.

“Jieng Council of Elders regime in Juba is sending one more very clear message to non-Dinka South Sudanese, none South Sudanese, the region, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan and indeed the national and international humanitarian organizations’ and agencies that it is, as a matter of policy in act, deed and by design,” said the spokesman.

Deng accused the government of hindering the humanitarian response to the famine in part of South Sudan declared on 20 February.

The spokesman said the SPLM-IO have condemned the killing of aid workers in South Sudan, urging the international community, the United Nation, the African Union and the region to pressure Juba to identify the killers.

According to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) update released last February 4.9 million people are in need of urgent food, agriculture and nutrition assistance.

The total number of food insecure people is expected to rise to 5.5 million at the height of the lean season in July if nothing is done to curb the severity and spread of the food crisis.


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  • 1 April 2017 00:13, by lino

    Government forces are in hot water!!! They thought these aid workers are rebel because there were not communications with authorities in the area.

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    • 1 April 2017 07:46, by Kush Natives

      Who did the authority expect them to be, they weren’t (aide workers) not communicating? This is a very strong statement from you Lino that MUST take IO bandits to ICC without appeals!

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      • 1 April 2017 17:35, by lino

        The investigations are underway and truth will be out. So let us wait.

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    • 1 April 2017 15:42, by Muordit

      Lino what the hell are you talking ya fool

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      • 1 April 2017 17:27, by lino

        Ya stupid Muordit or Muorkuur,
        How comes you are an authority controlling the area without knowing aid workers paying in and out? While the country is on total war in and out?
        You drunk soldiers thought they are rebel and just shot them. Let us wait for investigations you maroons!!!

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        • 1 April 2017 19:59, by jubaone

          Thank you. Kiir has no control over his illiterate luakjiengs who can’t differentiate between opposition forces and aid workers. The jienge system did this deliberately so as to stop aid getting to non-jienge areas. The UN must hold Kiir and his village criminals responsible.

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  • 1 April 2017 01:54, by john akeen

    What a idiot or stupid or foolishness Rebels,I just want to know what are they really about and what do they really call themselves? because they really don’t know what is politics. is that the people that they’re fighting our government so they can rule us, well we the people of the great nation South Sudan we never and never accept you toy soldiers as a government of our great country SS>>

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    • 1 April 2017 02:30, by john akeen

      why because you’re a layer. "one" you do not know what are you doing. "two" there is noting good that your leader Reik Machar have done it for the people of SS in the past or in the present, there is no good history about him. "three" now because of you Rebels continuing on lies and hate on the tribes of SS and continuing on denying that you Rebels been killing people of SS>>

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      • 1 April 2017 03:14, by john akeen

        so stop laying that you don’t kill, yes you do kill and because of you rebels in the country that is what making our people starving form hunger. if you are really a person that who cares about people, you wouldn’t continue to fight any more, why? because you’re watching what is happening to the people in the country, you should stop that war and protect the peace agreement that was sing

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        • 1 April 2017 03:32, by john akeen

          and stop to telling me Reik Machar or whatever, peace is not about Reik Machar, peace is about the people.our Government they don’t want Reik Machar and pagan amum to work with them and I myself I don’t want this two people in our government

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        • 2 April 2017 12:16, by jubaone

          John Akeen,
          Whatever you do, Kiir remains the leader of criminals and bandits who are uncontrollable. The aid workers were killed in an area control by Kiirminals who thought that the aid workers had some dollars.

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  • 1 April 2017 06:28, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Not too fast SPLM-IO. Government soldiers never kidnap or kill aid workers, but you do. Where are the facts or evidences for you conclusion about government? You always run without legitimate facts or you always try to avoid responsibility or accountability. Therefore, government is the victim and you are perpetrator.

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    • 1 April 2017 08:48, by Malakal county Simon

      They were killed in government control area, that alone is enought evident that the government soldiers prosecuted them.... Do you have any evident why is not the government????

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      • 1 April 2017 09:20, by Bolman

        Dear all I advise you all if you take my words dear SouthSudanese please can we should leave alone the Guy so call Kush. because the way he reacted he is not as a normal person, the pple who don’t trust and believe IOas the real wing of lives who take care for the lives of human and respectfully for the international communities. believe me without IO underleadship of Dr Machar SS should be done

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      • 1 April 2017 15:37, by Muordit

        This son of bitch called malalka Simon is actually a a in forum

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      • 1 April 2017 21:22, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Malakal county Simon, how many times rebels kidnap aid workers? Many times. That alone will be evidence that rebels are responsible for the killing for aid workers. As you know we have huge land for government soldiers to control so that is why rebels always sneaked in and kidnapped aid workers. Just use a logic thinking.

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  • 1 April 2017 09:22, by Loch-ley Gajiok

    Fools always think they are more clever. There is no way to deny this fact that the government has killed those humanitarian staff. The reason of killing them is to scare aid workers so that they stop delvering services to non denka communities.

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