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Calm returns to Wau state, says deputy governor


April 12, 2017 (WAU) – The deputy governor of South Sudan’s Wau State, Charles Anthony Barnede said the security situation in town has returned to normal in the aftermath of the three day attack led by “armed youth who targeted a particular ethnic group”.

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IDPs shelter near the UNMISS base in Wau (IOM/Gonzalez 2016)

Addressing the media on Wednesday, Barnede advised civil servants who left their work places in fear to return.

The deputy governor said all the director generals at the various ministries should take immediate action and implement the order.

“The situation in Wau town is now calm. I have directed all government employees to return to their places of work, and failure to do so will result in the law coming into play,” he said.

Barende said authorities are working hard to protect civilians and security agencies have been called to apprehend anybody believed to have been involved in killing of civilians on Monday.

“Anybody who took part in the killing of civilians will face the law in court,” he stressed.

The official also appreciated efforts made by the country’s national security personnel and special forces during the attack.

At least 16 dead bodies, the United Nations mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said, were discovered by its peacekeepers on patrol on Monday, with 10 others injured.

Fighting reportedly spread to Wau town after “a number of government SPLA soldiers were killed in an ambush on Sunday to the south of the town of Wau."

At least 84 people, UNMISS said, arrived at the protection of civilians’ site, with an influx of about 3,000 people, mostly women and children at a Catholic church in Wau.

The fighting, the U.N stated, followed the movement of SPLA troops, tanks and equipment towards the south-western part of Wau late last week.

Aid agencies say more than 7.5 million people, out of an estimated population in South Sudan of 12 million, are in need of humanitarian assistance, including more than 4.9 million people facing severe food insecurity due to displacement, conflict and economic decline since mid-December 2013.


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  • 13 April 2017 09:34, by Kush Natives

    Charles Anthony Barnede,
    Thanks for an updates from the town of Wau! We really appreciate your great information. We wishes all civilians to returned to their homes without fear. Their security is 100% grantee! The SSF MUST remain vigilant to monitoring the situation so closely. There most be a LRA involvement into this. I am sure 98%! The SSF MUST go farther___

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  • 13 April 2017 09:42, by Kush Natives

    Pursuing the criminals into where they came or an ignited these terrorists activities from. It would be up to the president Kiir to seal the gap of this terrorists activities in the country immediately or U.N. army’s pay check will keep doubling.

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  • 13 April 2017 10:10, by deng kual acot

    Kuss Native, Do understand from informed view if you never went and saw 7 blackboards atleast. Shame on the loose Deputy Govenor. How happy are you and who attacked Wau Town, rebels or Government Soldier who are ment to protect civilians. Attacking civilians mean National dialogue to Government officials. Shame on you.

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    • 14 April 2017 22:47, by Garang Akeen

      @DENG KUAL ACOT, the armed youth targeting paticular tribe ok? And th same armed youths fought with gov,t soldiers, what is in your brain to say here? Gov,t is Gov,t of people it offer them an adequate protection right? If u are running away from ur gov,t it mean u have hiden aganda. Pull stop.

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    • 14 April 2017 22:57, by Garang Akeen

      That,s great, people of wau should know that war is very destructive and stop violence, and Am still now painful the death of patriot men Gen. Peter Par, and Maj. Bol Chut. Rest in peace we will not forget u.

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  • 13 April 2017 13:26, by Dengda

    How come the deputy threated the most frighten civil servants are vulnerable and could be target and killed on the way to and from work base on ethnicity. Foolishness indeed, they were not left voluntarily but were forced out by the fighting, bring the perpetuators into book and calm into town first before threat those who seek protection somewhere.

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    • 13 April 2017 14:17, by Tim Atiep

      How long are they going to be in the protection site(POCs)?

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  • 13 April 2017 15:43, by marie

    As long as Mathiang Anyoor marauders leave the town or SPLA-IO bring order to the town, because it is crystal clear that the government of Salva Kiir is not for all South Sudanese.

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