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July 12, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan government troops launched offensives against a rebel stronghold in north of the country, the head of the United Nations mission in the country said.

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SPLM (IO) Chairman, Riek Machar, addressing the 2nd National Liberation Council (NLC) meeting in Pagak, November 5, 2015 (ST Photo)

David Shearer said there was "heavy fighting" and an "extremely worrying" situation around the town of Pagak, in the Upper Nile region, over the past week, forcing civilians and aid workers to flee.

Pagak has been a military stronghold for the armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) loyal to former First-Vice President, Riek Machar.

At least 5,000 civilians, he said, have been forced out of their homes.

According to Shearer, thousands of South Sudanese civilians are fleeing to neighbouring Ethiopia as government troops advance towards Pagak, expressing grave concern about what is already the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.

“At least 25 aid workers have been forced to relocate from Pagak and surrounding areas due to increased insecurity,” said Shearer.

Stressing there was no military solution to the South Sudan conflict, Shearer called upon all the warring both factions to stop the fighting.

“It’s unacceptable that 250 innocent children, and the people who care for them, find themselves in no-man’s land between the warring parties,” said Shearer.

The South Sudanese conflict started in mid-December 2013 when President Salva Kiir accused Machar of a coup attempt. Since then, tens of thousands of people been killed and over 2 million displaced.

(ST)

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  • 13 July 05:24, by lino

    No military solutions for any conflict around the globe. SPLA was once chased out from many strongholds but never Solved Sudan’s problems!!!

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    • 13 July 19:05, by Marco A. Wek

      Lino, I agree with you. Peace and equality is the only solution to our problem. SPLM has let our people and country down. The SPLM factions over power struggle are finishing off our people. They need to come to their senses.

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    • 13 July 23:03, by Freedom Fighter

      Denying White Army a base for launching attack on civilians is necessary, and will eventually help in achieving meaningful peace in the country

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  • 13 July 06:07, by NDSS

    Is this offensive part of the "National Dialogue"?
    I heard they’re called "Peace Forces".

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    • 13 July 06:39, by Eastern

      It is part of the grand scheme to get some footing for El Tabani Deng because Kiir seems to have started doubting him. They are out enlisting cattle camp folks into El Tabani’s camp....

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      • 13 July 08:16, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

        Am waiting to hear it’s fall,
        I wish government to capture, Pagak,

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      • 13 July 08:36, by South South

        Eastern,

        We want peace. You were making fun of me yesterday when I said that. Pagak alone can not end the war whether in Riek’s IO hands or Taban’s IO hands. We don’t know who started the war in Pagak, maybe Riek’s IO provoke Taban’s IO. Now, they cowards of Riek’s IO ran away and leave innocents Nuer people alone. This is Nuer to Nuer war. Peace is the only option.

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        • 13 July 10:21, by Eastern

          South South,

          You made a funny statement and you have made it yet again!!! Peace cannot be wished but must be worked for. Peace is like riches. That said, capturing Pagak from SPLA-IO is not the end of the conspiracy cooked in Juba. If the carnage raging now in Pagak is a Nuer affair, then the Nuer nation has itself to blame..

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          • 13 July 11:14, by Nairobimitot

            Folks, that part of the Region Pagak is where the SPLA, Sudan People Liberation Army was maturing. It is where it all started from the Beginning. That is the government of South Sudan showing his and her power to the rebels. The children and the Women are tired, there is need to bring them back, and they will come back soon after the rebels are flushed out of Pagak. Build the nation.

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            • 13 July 14:03, by Kuch

              Nairobimitot,
              You are spot on chap; we have bombed the Nuers, Iam here from ’William Nyuon Bany, country, Ayod’ Fellows., We are the ethiopians. We are going to bomb *the mighty US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus out of our country>>>

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              • 13 July 15:51, by Nairobimitot

                Kuch
                You went too far. Do not drink too much and people who are fighting the war there are Nuer from the Government. So shut up.

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            • 13 July 18:57, by Kuch

              Nairobimitot,
              You are spot on chap; we have bombed the Nuers, Iam here from ’William Nyuon Bany, country, Ayod’ Fellows., We are the ethiopians. We are going to bomb *the mighty US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus out of our country>>>

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              • 13 July 23:59, by Nairobimitot

                Kush, the SPLA Soldiers that captured Pagak, are mostly Nuer Soldier from SPLA Taban Section. Do not get confused. It is a collective effort by the government of South Sudan. Secondly, the government of South Sudan is for the people of South Sudan, not the Dinka or Nuer only. Do not get over your head unless you are crazy and childish. If you want a country called South Sudan, you need the Nuer people in the government so that you can live in peace.

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          • 13 July 16:11, by South South

            Eastern,

            Please stop throwing out words like a small boy. I am in Juba working for hard to bring to SS. You are in US and you think using internet will help you to change government in South Sudan. I do not care about Pagak whether in Riek’s OI hands or Taban’s IO hands.

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    • 13 July 06:42, by Kuch

      NDSS,
      I like your funny retort chap. I think they are part of national dialogue. The government is pretty much committed to peace than some people often portray it to be. The SPLA has never been interested in Pagan ever since because pushing the few rebels in Pagak & Akoba against the wall is considered unproductive to peace settlement>>>

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      • 13 July 06:56, by Kuch

        The SPLA is trying to nip off the conduits and channels from North Sudan, East & South Darfur, Central Africa republic (CAR) and North Eastern DRC plus some pockets Central Equatorial where there some looters who always ambush trucks and called themselves SPLA-IO righters. I am not trying to down play the menaces these losers poise. They are a force and that is>>>

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        • 13 July 07:06, by Kuch

          Everybody in South Sudan has been asking them to come and join the national dialogue. Some of these SPLA-IO with brains know the only way of this is the national dialogue. But you fellows must understand that the SPLA-IO have been taken hostage by their foreign powers including the UN and the NGOs as their bargaining chips & blackmails to South Sudan & the South Sudanese people>>>

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          • 13 July 07:16, by Kuch

            Fellows, the wars being fought some of these days around the world are over resources & geopolitical intrigues & influences and are getting dirtier & dirtier. Some South Sudanese with insights on what is happening in Middle East & here in nose like what happened in CAR & Libya would that these wars are just over the control of resources & Geopolitical interests>>>

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      • 13 July 08:57, by NDSS

        Kuch,
        "National Dialogue" is already a failure as much as we all want it to succeed. You cannot pray to God for forgiveness, talk about reconciliation while simultaneously killing people.
        This talk of US, UK wanting to take over SouthSudan is none sense in comparison to what this government is doing and has done to it’s own citizens.

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  • 13 July 06:42, by Lenin Bull

    According to international law any government worth a name must exert its authority over its own sovereign territories or borders. No government shares its sovereignty with any non-state actors such as these bunch of gangs called IO. Why not ISIS, AL Qeida, Al shabab, Boko Haram, LRA, etc?

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    • 13 July 07:34, by Kuch

      Mr. Lenin Bull,
      You are sleeping chap. The government of South Sudan is not considered by the US, the UK, their UN & their NGOs as a government:http://www.unmultimedia.org/radio/english/2017/03/south-sudanese-government-yet-to-show-meaningful-concern-for-citizens/
      And that is why the US, the UK, their UN & their NGOs want to take over the governance of South Sudan & the South Sudanese people>>>

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      • 13 July 07:40, by Kuch

        Have you ever heard of what is called UN & the African UN trusteeship of South Sudan & the South Sudanese people? The current war in our country is being fought by the US, the UK, their UN & their sleazy NGOs to occupy country & to colonize us on the disguise & the pretext of their so-called *humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping & human rights business>>>

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        • 13 July 07:46, by Kuch

          dirty intrigues* by using their fools like Riek Machar, Pagan Amuom, Lam Akol and their Thomas Cirilo new recruit as their puppets/stooges & some of their Nuers & Some Equatorian fools as their pawns/proxies or foot soldiers to fight their take over of our country & to plunder our country through their *humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping & human rights business scams* chap>>>

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          • 13 July 07:53, by Kuch

            Mr. Lenin Bull,
            the US, the UK, France, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their creepy allies *neo-colonialism intrigue tools* of the 21st century are their so-called: *humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping & human rights business scams* and this works very well for them in our country because we have a big population that is used to "free UN food">>>

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            • 13 July 08:01, by Kuch

              Many of our fools just want to "fold their damn arms & cross their legs’ yabber day & night about *corruption and misuse of national resources* while doing nothing but to play cards instead. If you ask these lazies & idiots as to what they really do for a living? Then you will be lucky, if you are not strong enough to fight them off for asking them such a silly question>>>

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              • 13 July 08:09, by Kuch

                right after independence in 2011, many of our South Sudanese were in North Sudan were "shipped back to our country, South Sudan with a lightening speed" and resettled in bigger towns. And leaders as usual were not foreseeing this dirty game. IOM was just its jobs. These South Sudanese who have been in North Sudan all their lives used to live in a refugee camps in their own country>>>

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                • 13 July 08:17, by Kuch

                  the then united Sudan and they used to hear & see their SPLM/A doing good job ’in their own paradiso’ of South Sudan, and one day, they would come back to their "South Sudan’s paradise" And indeed, their SPLM/A didn’t disappoint them. Their SPLM/A brought them South Sudan’s independence. And when these so-called came back to their South Sudan Paradise, then they found out that their South Sudan>>>

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                  • 13 July 08:24, by Kuch

                    was not their Paradise they used to hear on the *Radios or see on the televisions*----most of these South Sudanese who were *shipped from North Sudan & dumped into big towns* are ones that have been used by *Mr. Riek Machar, the US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their allies* as their force to toy around with the government of South Sudan>>>

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                    • 13 July 08:33, by Kuch

                      IOM is just an international organization for immigration (IOM). But these days, the IOM and other organizations want to take over the South Sudan, because South Sudanese are found out to be bunch of fools that can be controlled & be fed rubbish so long as it name sounds UN, the US, the UK, their so-called israel & organizations (NGOs) then they will go for it>>>

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                    • 13 July 08:51, by Jongo

                      Kuch please do me a favor Bra only one comment can attract somebody to read & comments on it but what you are doing here is a waste nobody can read & follow all these nonsense stick on the point & don’t missed it 2nd’ly try to change your nick name like Nunu or Lily but KUCH oh no it sounds wet & dirty pls don’t mess up with the crater’s names

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      • 13 July 08:14, by Eastern

        Kuch,

        Thats exactly what the tribal government in Juba is and does...

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    • 13 July 08:08, by Theallseeingeye

      @ Lenin Bull
      "According to international law any government worth a name must exert its authority over its own sovereign territories or borders". that is ture but it won’t work in the current context of S.Sudan and TGoNU. first of all you are implementing the ARCRSS and Chapter II discusses: the Permanent Ceasefire and Security Arrangement". therefore any such offense is regarded as a violation...

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      • 13 July 08:20, by Theallseeingeye

        cont....
        of the agreement. Second, Gov has declare the national dialog for forgiveness and reconciliation and declare unilateral ceasefire to show the world how it is committed for round table negotiation, so again how can it violate its own stipulation . this means this Gov doesn’t respect any agreement and it just wants to buy time for military solution.

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      • 13 July 08:48, by Kuch

        Theallseeingeye,
        You may be one of those bunch of Riek Machar lowly educated, foreign mercenaries who always chirp for a war to get Mr. Salva Kiir out power & when they are told to confront the SPLA in the battle fields, then they cry foul that at the government of South Sudan is not interested in peace>>>

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        • 13 July 08:58, by Kuch

          Theallseeingeye,
          Be very very careful chap. We are here. We are going to bomb your mighty US, the UK, their evil juus, their sleazy NGOs and some of their fools in between out out our country by a way of a war. Here in the Dinka/Jienges country of the South Sudan, we will never ever allow the evils like you Bantus fools with their foreign masters into our country, never ever>>>

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  • 13 July 06:49, by Lenin Bull

    When government forces the SPLA launch offensive UN and JMEC accuse it of violating any rubbish written somewhere, when the rebels launch offensive they are not accused rather it is the government of South Sudan which is blamed and accused of being weak and not exerting its power over its territories. This is a UN design game of divide and rule. The UN doesn’t want rebellion to stop, and doesn’t

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    • 13 July 09:06, by Kuch

      Mr. Lenin Bull,
      I always explain on this web site WW3 going to start here in our country. There are some fools who want the evil white Americans, English people, the so-called israelis, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their evil allies in between>>>

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      • 13 July 09:20, by Kuch

        But we don’t want the evils, in our country whatsoever. Mr. Our country & our people have been taken as a ’Geo-political chess game’ by our greatest enemies. The US, the UK, their evil juus, sleazy NGOs & some of their allies in between as their Geo-political game football to play game with>>>

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        • 13 July 09:59, by Kuch

          Mr. Lenin Bull,
          "We want *a report from our former" *Nigerian’s former president of Nigeria: Mr. Obasanjo, Mr. Barack Obama, and his *Mohamed Mumdance* of Uganda are evils people. *This professor Mumadance*, was a fool & Barack Obama* are considedred as their fools the evil corprate America, Bantus, they have been fooled all their lives. Barack Obama is the *greatest charlaton*>>>

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  • 13 July 06:50, by Newsudan

    if Pagak fall,maybe io bush may come to their senses.

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    • 13 July 07:40, by Black Nation

      Ya Newsudan, IO bush did not lost their senses, they are fighting 4 their right and the right of all citizens and now don’t think that when g’vt forces reached Pagak, rebels ’ll surrender No. it’s like when water poured on fire and seems like it gets off but tinny spark ’ll burn charcoal little by little till the whole charcoal got burnt down believe me U ’ll C 1 day

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  • 13 July 06:53, by Lenin Bull

    also want the government forces to defeat the rebels. South Sudan and its people should be a limbo of no peace, no war, no government and more money to UN and more mandate and presence in South Sudan. It is up to South Sudanese people to continue to allow themselves to be played by knocking their heads against one another and the world moves on happily.

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  • 13 July 07:00, by Lenin Bull

    No schools, no hospitals, no market, no agricultural activities, no meaningful commercial activities going on between Ethiopia and Pagak, nothing is going on in Maiwut and Pagak. To what good should the presence of SPLA-IO gangs be allowed to continue there ?

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  • 13 July 08:06, by Sunday Junup

    It is like when you are fighting to some one you put hostage . This can not determine your bravery.How can you (IGAD, UN EU, TROIKA AND AU) put dr.Riek Machar into house arrest and also ask mr.Kiiriminal to fight him.

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  • 13 July 08:59, by Kush Natives

    This is a part of national dialogue, but some folks out here keeps misquoting it as it’s an offensive towards rebels rather then appreciating it, because this is what exactly they want. If rebels refused peaceful dialogue, then the forceful dialogue is a second option for the government forces to rescue innocent civil populations in Pagak. We have been preaching this dialogue for so long.

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  • 13 July 09:32, by Baranya

    A mixture of dialogue and war is a waste of time, disastrous and criminal.

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  • 13 July 17:18, by Nairobimitot

    Folks, here is the major News. The Western World including the NGOs and the people who experts in creating refugees Camps for South Sudanese are crazy now. The reason they are mad is that the government of South Sudan is working very hard to restore peace in Pagak so that the women and children of South Sudan can return to their homes. Losing the refugees from their tents and their Camps is like losing their jobs, their income, and their families members. I want everyone to be aware of that.

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  • 13 July 20:28, by john akeen

    It is government job to copter every corner of the country from rebels and it is government job to to control every corner of the country or else you shouldn’t call yourself as a government of the country or of the people. You must copter any corner of the country

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