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High crime rate hits UN camp in S. Sudan, aid workers say

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July 26, 2017 (BENTIU) – The protection of civilians sites (PoCs) in South Sudan’s Unity state town of Bentiu are currently facing high rates of crime, a number of aid workers told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

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One aid worker, Mary Nyalam, said unknown gunmen attacked civilians near a United Nations camp, looting shops and several properties.

“It is a frequent attack to humanitarians’ workers and after every night, you hear that people have been put at gun point. It is something beyond their capacity and uncontrollable,” she said.

Another aid worker, speaking to Sudan Tribune on condition of anonymity, said the attackers have mainly been targeting those working with the UN and other international organizations.

The aid worker said local security personnel be deployed around the PoCs to work in coordination with UN peacekeepers to end attacks.

If the UN could give capacity to local volunteer security officers within the community, the high crimes rates in the area would have come to an end, stressed the aid worker.

Last month, UN peacekeepers rescued five people from being kidnapped by groups of people coming from outside the camp.

At least 20 civilians were wounded after clashes erupted between a group of youth currently residing within the UN camp in Bentiu town.

The protections of civilians’ site in Bentiu hosts about 114,000 residents who have sought safety since the outbreak of the conflict in mid-December 2013.

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  • 27 July 10:18, by Resolution

    SPLA IO two under Taban`s base in Kuerguina has a evil hand in these criminalities going on the PoC site

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    • 27 July 13:38, by Eastern

      Very good information. Thank you!!

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      • 27 July 14:35, by South South

        Eastern,

        Which news you are praising here? Maiwut and Pagak are gone, is that the news you are happy with? I am just asking, no big deal.

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        • 27 July 15:04, by South South

          Eastern,

          Please tell me how is Maiwut and Pagak now? I am laughing. Wicked forces of Reik Machar are still running. Maybe they will go to Ethiopia.

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          • 27 July 18:22, by Eastern

            South South,

            SPLA of Dr. Garang changed "Headquarters" multiple times but that did not exterminate them much as they recieved support from the world. SPLA-IO under Dr. Machar will devise ways and means to survive. Pagak is just but a village outpost!!!

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            • 27 July 18:25, by Eastern

              Today we were listening to his monologues at Bilpam: PROTECTION & PRODUCTION THE ONLY WAY FORWARD was the theme.....Do you think SPLA-IO is only confined in the bushes around Pagak?

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            • 27 July 18:39, by South South

              Eastern,

              Pagak is a village today, not the headquarters of Riek’s IO you were very proud of, weak people are always changes their minds, they go with power. Today you like SPLA when it was under Dr. Garang, welcome old man to SPLA, but you need to start from very behind. John Garang never been parked out side South Sudan, John Garang led his forces until last minute.

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