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April 9, 2017 (JUBA) - The U.N mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said Wednesday that it had twice been prevented from accessing the Eastern Equatoria state town of Pajok.

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

"The mission has received reports of fighting between SPLA [government] troops and the opposition there and is trying to follow-up on reports of civilians killed in the area," it said in a statement.

UNMISS urged the government to immediately allow it access "so it can fully implement its mandate, including to protect civilians and report on human rights violations".

Michael Makuei, South Sudan’s information minister confirmed its forces attacked Pajok.

"As you know Pajok has been in the hands of the rebels so what happened was government forces went there and fighting ensued and so the civilian population that has been staying with the rebels had to run away," said Makuei.

"I don’t know the figure [of those who might have been killed or injured] but in any fighting there must be casualties,” he added.

More than 6,000 people have fled from southern South Sudan into the northern Ugandan district of Lamwo, recounting the slaughter of civilians by armed forces, according to the UN refugee agency.

A statement from the UNHCR said on Friday more residents of Pajok town were hiding in the bush trying to find their way to safety in Uganda.

"People fleeing the recent incident claimed that the town came under an indiscriminate attack by the South Sudan armed forces," the statement said.

The crisis comes after fighting between government forces and rebels erupted on Monday in Pajok in a previously peaceful part of the country that has seen a surge in conflict in recent months.

According to UNHCR, Uganda currently hosts over 832,000 refugees from South Sudan, including more than 270,000 in the Bidibidi refugee camp, which in eight months has gone from an empty patch of land to the world’s biggest refugee camp.

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  • 9 April 11:13, by Kush Natives

    Why do we always doubled reports? We have already talked about this incident last week. I already stated where U.N. supposed to go in order not be blocked. And that place is Geneva! I am so frustrated with the president of this nation for giving U.N. a big piece of mind of running this country as their own.

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  • 9 April 12:24, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Kush Natives,

    You are one of the few people who has replaced the grey matter in your skull with mud. Who are you to dictate to UN where to go? Just keep looting, land grabbing, murder the innocents in their ancestral lands until it catches wity you!! You are just monkeys who do not know what to do with authority you are entrusted with!!

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    • 9 April 12:38, by Kush Natives

      jur_likang_a_ likan’g,
      I hope that you know exactly what U.N. abbreviations meant? If no, it’s United nations, not United South Sudan! If yes,as I answered about, then should we as South Sudanese so much rely upon U.N. rather then ourselves? Do you think U.N. worry more or much about than I do? Let’s be realistic about this.

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  • 9 April 12:47, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Kush,

    South Sudan as a country is a member of United Nations that must abide the rules of the organisation to which it has signed. So UN is seeing a violation of those rules which the country is supposed to comply with but because we have amateurish political leaders they are doing the unthinkable. The country has gone to monkeys as said before.

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  • 9 April 13:31, by Eyez

    By refusing access to the UN patrol mission, it is now obvious the government has something to hide, therefore proving the fact that the SPLA slaughtered civillians and looted their belongings in Pajok.
    You coward Jienge only know how to attack innocent women, kids and the elderly, but when it comes to real men you ran for help from Uganda, Kenya and rebel groups from Sudan, shame on you idiots.
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  • 9 April 22:20, by Adok son

    We as SS people, we know what is really strategized by president Salva Kiir that if he has prevented the peacekeepers not to testify or witness what has initiated itself it means that government murdered a lot of civilians and definitely when kiir knows that the bodies still on the ground.But if kiir ordered the collection of the bodies and hided then he could let the UNMISS to visit the area.

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