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June 9, 2017 (KAMPALA) - The International Youth for Africa (IYA), a South Sudan-based human rights entity has strongly condemned the killing of civilians along Juba-Nimule road and urged the country’s rebels and pro-government forces to desist from attacking civilians.

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The wreckage of a bus on the Juba-Nimule road on 29 September 2014

Over 20 people were killed and dozens injured during the attack, which the armed opposition forces claimed to have carried out.

IYA’s executive director, Ter Manyang Gatwich accused the armed opposition of violating the recently agreed upon unilateral ceasefire.

“IYA condemns [the attack] in strongest term possible. Those who claimed the responsibility need to be taken to the court. Both SPLM-IG and SPLM-IO committed a lot of human rights abuse this including arbitrary detention, torture, killing, forced and disappears,” he said.

The official, however, appealed to the country’s two main warring factions to sort out their differences through a peaceful dialogue.

“A political agreement should be the first to stop the war and then followed by the national dialogue in the context of reconciliation, forgiveness and accountability,” further stressed Gatwich.

Any dialogue, he said, should involve the country’s political parties and main stakeholders like church leaders, the youth, women and community leaders who are both within and outside the country.

Gatwich also urged regional leaders and the international community to put pressure on the country’s leaders to end the war that has displaced millions.

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  • 11 June 09:06, by South South

    Killing innocent citizens will not help rebels in anyway. It is very hard to see Eastern and jubaone yesterday celebrated the killing of innocent people. These are South Sudanese and some of them are relatives of Eastern and jubaone. Do the coin rebels think killing innocent people will help them to win war?

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    • 11 June 12:45, by Eastern

      South South,

      I don’t care about my relative who supports the current tribal regime; I will consider them one and the same and treat them as such!

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      • 11 June 14:29, by South South

        Eastern, That’s great to hear from you that you are supporting the killing of innocent people. Equatoria young girl who was in University in Uganda came to South Sudan for internship, she was among the innocent people killed. She was 22 years old and she had nothing with government of South Sudan. The list was full with Eqautoria innocent people.

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        • 11 June 16:31, by jubaone

          South South,
          Civilians have been already warned. However, SPLAnyors have often disguised themselves for fear of being hunted down. Jienge bigots and hypocrites didn’t open their toothless mouths when over 30 innocent civilians were recently killed in Pajok. The MTN bush hunting MUST continue relentlessly till they quit.

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          • 11 June 16:55, by South South

            jubaone,

            Stupid man, useless man is celebrating the killing of his own relatives. Ask anyone who is in Juba to give you the list of victims. Equatotria is leading. Kill your own people and celebrate their death. I gave you the example of poor Equatoria young girl of 22 who was returning to get her degree from university in Uganda after she finished her internship in South Sudan.

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            • 11 June 17:59, by jubaone

              South South,
              Keep your jienge hypocrisy and bigotry to yourself I don’t buy that Jienge shit. Did you show such sentiments when over 30 Equatorians in Pajok were killed? Did you jienge idiots cry foul when entire populations are being displaced from their areas? You’ve not seen hell yet I swear, no such Jienge refugees and squatters will remain in Nimule. Their squatting time is over. Kokora or de

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  • 11 June 10:05, by Kerem

    May the good Lord rest their souls in eternal peace. Rebels will also die the same way you have died brothers and sisters.

    You died not knowing what exactly killed you

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    • 11 June 10:19, by Redeemer

      Eastern, Jubaone and Midit
      Can you prove now that the bus you are seeing there belongs to the government or was carrying soldiers and not civilians. When SPLA was fighting Khartoum, sometimes they abort attacks when they see the risks of civilians. Anyway that is how robbers who have never been influence by the top dog operatives

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      • 11 June 11:36, by Mi diit

        Redeemer,

        That was a wreckage of a bus on the Juba-Nimule road on 29 September 2014 and not of a recent incident.
        Grow up young tike.

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        • 11 June 12:37, by Redeemer

          Midit
          Do you think your denial here will reverse the situation and the harm done. Do you really know why the region, UNSC are still in silent? a member of UNSC cried yesterday when the pictures where presented, it was really shock if this is the action of those who are claiming to fighting of the people

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          • 11 June 12:40, by Redeemer

            Correction: if this is the action of those who are claiming to be fighting for the people

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      • 11 June 12:43, by Eastern

        Redeemer,

        Stop being childish and foolish! When was the last time Bakulu Bus came to Juba? Bakulu bus company even doesn’t exist in Uganda any more. The warning is DON’T SANDWICH yourself within any military target; DON’T ALLOW THE MILITARY TO USE CIVILIANS AS SHIELD. Dr Garang considered Juba a military target and shelled it; a berge carrying civilians from malakal to Juba was considered sunk...

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      • 11 June 12:50, by Eastern

        Redeemer,

        You are a freaky liar! SPLA only aborted a fight or retreated WHEN THE HEAT FROM JALABA was unbearable. Don’t tell me anything about the KAMAKOT of SPLA, I know it. SPLA did not and doesn’t have respect for civilians. De muatin sakit (this is just a mere civilian) was common phrase in the liberated areas directed at the members of the civilian populace....

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        • 11 June 15:59, by pabaak

          This so called SPLA io is negative forces and members of IGAD countries should seek ways to deal with it like they with LRA rather than seeking renegotiation with them

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          • 11 June 16:10, by pabaak

            Also government should find better ways to protect people on the highways rather than use only escort for vehicles there should better intelligence work to monitor their movement and know where came from even they can joint borders monitoring with other counties like Uganda DRC and the like

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            • 11 June 16:38, by Redeemer

              Eastern
              tell me which SPLA leader has been placed under house arrest from 1983-2005 but your looting motivated movement just earn an international rejection within 1 year+ is it not a shame

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              • 11 June 16:46, by Redeemer

                Eastern
                to be sincere, many are fighting in SSudan because their faction in the liberation movement has 0 and they just joined the people’s movement that they rejected from day one. It is part of our day’s problems

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            • 11 June 16:44, by jubaone

              Pabaak
              Civilians don’t need military escorts and absolutely NOTHING would happen. The problem starts SPLAnyors embedding themselves with civilized transporters. These luakjiengs are cowards and hide behind civilians. That is exactly what happened to those luakjiengs along the Yei-Juba road last year. The IO has very good intelligent networks and monitor each single SPLAnyors moves. Watch out👮

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              • 11 June 16:59, by Redeemer

                Jubaone
                When you decide to be part and a defender of a negative with negative dream that cannot happen under any situation, it will affect your life and cannot be a useful human being. Take an example of Dr. Riek that negativity of 1991 remained in him for life because he feels as a looser and he will remain on the run to the end of his days on earth

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                • 11 June 17:25, by Redeemer

                  All he want is to establish something of his own. whenever leaders are sharing about the past the only thing he can talk of is how he became a ruler of Nasir in the expense of people’s movement

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                • 11 June 18:03, by jubaone

                  Redeemer,
                  The jienge must just get to his luak and leave Equatoria to freely develop itself. But if you insist squatting, we must flush you out. You should be worried where next you will be squatting once we bust your asses out of Equatoria. It’s up to you. But for now we’re out for MTN bush hunting.

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              • 11 June 17:44, by pabaak

                JubaOne
                You want me to count you how many times IO Forces attack civilians on highways ? There purpose to attack could also for reason to loot civilians. Anyway let them do what they like but their days are numbered. If Riek seeking power on people skull he will not get it

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                • 11 June 17:56, by pabaak

                  The so called Riek will just die in exile and if want him back to be burry nobody will allow him back like Idea Amin of Uganda. I was surprise to hear that IGAd is seeking another agreement with Riek so he come again in juba looking for coup attempt. This will be naive if juba government allow this to happen

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                • 11 June 18:11, by jubaone

                  Pabaak,
                  The jienges haven’t bothered if Equatorians get killed or not. Why now? Cos there were SPLAnyors disguised as civilians and the Jienge cowards were flushed out. Buses must only transport civilians and absolutely NOTHING will happen. But if cowardly luakjiengs hide behind civilians, the bullets have no eyes, they hit. Warning to all luakjiengs Nimule -Juba is out of bounds 💀

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                  • 11 June 19:41, by pabaak

                    Hay JubaOne or Juba Kokora,you need to watch my language here I am not kind person who want to level people on their ethnicity like you do I am taking here on civilian whether there ate s.Sudanese or foreigners. People you remnant of Kokora can still dance this music. Anyway go with it call people whatever name you like

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  • 12 June 08:58, by Joseph Canada

    For those who cry in the name of that bus, I would like to let you know that the civilians who boarded that bus were not killed. The bus roll over and those in the bus ran into the bushes. NO ONE WAS KILLED..

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    • 12 June 09:04, by Joseph Canada

      Rebels are not killing civilians.The government of the South Sudan does. The only people killed are the MTN who deserve to die because of their sin that they committed. Those who are used as the pappets of the MTN shall be considered as MTN.And as the South Sudanese say goes," The dead MTN is the Good MTN.

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