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UN chief sends condolences to family of U.S scribe killed in S. Sudan

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August 28, 2017 (JUBA) - The head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan has expressed sympathy to the family and friends of Christopher Allen, an American freelance journalist killed during fighting in Kaya, a South Sudan town near the Ugandan border.

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Christopher Allen (The War Zone Freelance Project)

“We would like to pass on our deepest condolences to the family, colleagues, and friends of Christopher Allen for their loss. His death while reporting on the conflict in South Sudan is a tragedy,” said David Shearer, also Special Representative of the Secretary-General.

Allen is the tenth journalist to have died in South Sudan since 2012.

“UNMISS has repeatedly stated that any attacks on journalists are unacceptable and it calls on all parties to the ongoing conflict in South Sudan to respect the freedom of the press,” stressed Shearer.

The New York-based Human Rights Watch condemned last week’s killing of the American freelance journalist in South Sudan, urging authorities in the war-torn nation to investigate the incident and ensure those responsible are held accountable.

Jehanne Henry, a senior Africa researcher at the rights body, described Allen’s killing as a violation of international humanitarian law.

A 2013 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Allen was reportedly involved with Sudan’s rebel forces for the past week. Before his South Sudan visit, however, he covered the war in Ukraine.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed in South Sudan since the conflict broke out in 2014, and over a million have fled across the border into Uganda because of the fighting within the border area.

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  • 29 August 2017 07:09, by Lenin Bull

    Pathetic!! Where are condolences for the other 18(15 rebels and 3 SPLA) killed during the fighting or they are not human beings and do not deserve due honor and respect even in death? What is so unique about this mercenary called Christopher Allen? Is it because he was white and American?

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  • 29 August 2017 07:36, by Lenin Bull

    South Sudanese people please stop this meaningless war among yourselves in your young country. Look this insult in our face where foreigners value themselves like the case in this article. Whether SPLA-IO or government side please I beg you with tears in eyes and heavy heart to stop the war. I ask President Salva Kiir to talk Riek directly so that war stop and invite him back home.

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    • 29 August 2017 09:19, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Ya bull inta,

      Because we have bulls ruling the country in J1 South Sudan is bleeding. Those in J1 have no humanity in them. Compassion is a rare commodity to them. Neither do they have sorry nor thank you in their culture. A political call for democracy and party reformation shouldn’t have turned into a bloody conflict among the citizens of the same country because it wrong to fight citizens.

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  • 29 August 2017 07:41, by Lenin Bull

    We South Sudanese will finish one another with kalachnikovs and at the end it will be foreigners that will take our land not SPLA-IO nor government. Look they want the government to finish SPLA-IO so that after that UN will quarrel with government again by provoking a controversy as pretext to take over the country for their UN trusteeship or neocolonialism through UN!!

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    • 29 August 2017 10:41, by BRIG. PENG KIMANG

      Lenin Bull,

      For your information, foreigners are better than Dinka. South sudanese in foreign lands are better than we who are living in South Sudan (under the Dinka mini kingdom).It is sad that the Dinka are blindfolded with their greed of killing, raping, looting and mutilating others.So they cannot see the good and bad. That is evil. "Sad"

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  • 29 August 2017 07:48, by Lenin Bull

    My condolences to the beloved families of those soldiers of 15 SPLA-IO and 3 government soldiers. You are brothers. May GOD take all of you to his kingdom of peace and eternal happiness where there is tribalism, corruption, dictatorship, and favoritism.

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    • 29 August 2017 08:12, by BRIG. PENG KIMANG

      UN, USA and every one,

      The Dinka government in Juba is a terrorist, tribal, non legitimate government. It is a threat to regional and global peace and security. It needs to be removed before they kill more people.
      Read all the comments by the Dinkas and supporters of their Dinka government like Lenin Bull. Their language is violent. Violence to non Dinkas is what they know, nothing else .

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  • 29 August 2017 07:59, by Rumbek S. Sudan

    Journalists anywhere in the world that are reporting live in the battle fields are caught up and killed in the same scenario as it happened in Kaya. If Christopher Allen’s killing is to be investigated, who brought him to the battle ground? In the battle field, no soldier can sense that a journalist is on that side of the opponent and that I should not shot anyhow.

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  • 29 August 2017 22:03, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    May God rest his soul in peace, our thoughts and prayers to the family’s of the lose one; Too dangerous to be in front line
    Cross fire might be contributing factors, these are true facts

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