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S. Sudan rebels claim government recruiting refugees in Uganda

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June 30, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s armed opposition forces loyal to the former First Vice-President Riek Machar claimed the Juba government has allegedly started recruiting civilians and students living in refugee settlement camps in northern Uganda.

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Leaders of South Sudanese refugees address a rally at Bweyale camp, April 30, 2016 (ST)

The deputy spokesperson for the armed opposition faction, Lam Paul claimed an official from the prime minister’s office intercepted 63 South Sudanese refugees being ferried from Uganda to South Sudan.

“If the government of Juba was able to prevent the Nuer students in protection of civilians’ camps from attending the examination, how can they transport refugees to do it yet they ran from danger?” he asked.

According to Lam, two more refugees were picked from Bidi-Bidi refugee camp, allegedly through the influence of Yei state governor.

Officials from the Juba government were not available to comment.

The rebel official also appointed fingers at government forces allegedly carrying out several attacks on innocent civilians, claims Sudan Tribune could not substantiate.

“The SPLA-IO strongly condemns these criminal and cowardice acts by the Juba regime towards innocent civilians who preferred to stay in the country other than going to refugee camps. We call upon our civilians to be vigilant of militias and spies being recruited by the regime amid the ongoing lootings, rape and killings,” he said.

About a million refugees have arrived in Uganda since the crisis erupted in Juba in July 2016, leaving Uganda as the country putting up with the largest number of refugees in the continent.

(ST)

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  • 2 July 10:20, by Newsudan

    then so what,the govt has right to recruit it citizens into organized forces like police, what is new about it,you were the same people who were saying; Garang must go

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    • 2 July 11:52, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Mr. Lam Paul

      What is wrong, if south sudan gov,t recruits its citizen? Aren,t have right to participate in any insitution in country or what do you mean?

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      • 2 July 12:44, by Eastern

        Garang Akeen Tong,

        That’s the problem with the way you dinka zealots see thinks!! You don’t see any problems in South Sudanese who are no longer citizens but refugees being recruited to come and fight a tribal war. If those in refugee camps chose to fight for Kiir, why are they in camps after been routed from their homes by Mathiang Anyoors...?

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  • 2 July 13:15, by Kush Natives

    I won’t worry about it, as long as those vulnerable refugees are looking for job. Rebels always freak out when something is not on their favor. To recruit someone who’s interesting is completely normal, but to conscripts____yes I would have a ?

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  • 2 July 14:47, by Lenin Bull

    Compatriots what is being reported in this article is a rebel propaganda strategy for a cover up to attack refugees in those camps in northern Uganda and accuse them of being government agents or supporters. UPDF and Refugee protection organizations operating in those camps should be on red alert.

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  • 2 July 14:56, by Lenin Bull

    The media reported recently that SPLA-IO is now busy resurrecting, reorganizing, retraining and rearming LRA in areas they control in Eastern Equatoria. Refugees in Northern Uganda should begin to think twice about their safety in those camps. LRA cut off ears, lips, noses, clitoris/knitted the lips of the sexual organs of South Sudanese refugee ladies who refused rape in 1990s.

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  • 2 July 22:21, by gatkhor Nueri

    @Garang Akeen Tong

    Remember this for what was happen to Government of S.Sudan or to Mr.President Nyankiir MayarDiit "a great part of his army perished of hunger and disease.

    Hunger will defeat you Soon because you are denying the fact because of your stupidity.

    Bia Te Mal Dar to coali Cie (NyaRuop Deng)

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