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UN urges return of aid workers abducted in South Sudan

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December 19, 2017 (JUBA) - The United Nations’ humanitarian coordinator in South Sudan on Tuesday called for safe return of six aid workers abducted in Raga and Wau towns of South Sudan.

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In a statement, Alain Noudehou said one international and five national aid workers went missing on Sunday while travelling between Raga and Wau, where they operated from.

Solidarites International said it "lost contact" with three of its workers, but it could not be independently verified if they were kidnapped.

A deputy spokesman for the armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO), Lam Paul Gabriel, said their forces intercepted a convoy “carrying weapons” between Wau and Raga town, allegations Sudan Tribune could not easily verify.

He said four aid workers, “used as shields by the government in the transportation of military hardware” were rescued during the operation.

"They [aid workers] are currently safe and sound with our forces around Raga and will be handed over to the concerned third party as soon as possible," Lam said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

A South Sudan rebel official separately admitted they abducted 15 people during the attack. The rebel appointed governor of Lol state, Ayman Mohamed Ibrahim, claimed those abducted were government troops and Sudanese rebels.

Nine aid workers were killed in South Sudan in November, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), said last week.

Over 90 aid workers, the UN said, have been killed in South Sudan ever since the conflict in South Sudan, which was caused by political differences, broke out in 2013.

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  • 20 December 2017 11:32, by William

    The world understood that sudantrinue and U.N. in South Sudan have been supporting rebels to devastate South Sudan. The rebels accepted kidnapping U.N. workers but U.N. and sudatrinue keep saying the missing of U.N. work could not verify. What is need to be verified? Rebels yes, we kidnapped but U.N. try to blame something else because rebels are U.N. agent.

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    • 20 December 2017 16:37, by Kuch

      william,
      The UN, the NGOs, the US, the UK & some of their creepy allies in between are the one & the same with the rebels if some of you people still do not know. The US, the UK, their UN & their NGOs are real oppositions to the govt of South Sudan some of these days. Riek Machar aimless armed rebellion had since been crushed>>>

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      • 20 December 2017 16:41, by Kuch

        on the ground. But the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & their allies keep propagating lies after lies about their Riek Machar rebels & war in our country to continue to keep themselves relevant in our country. What is being negotiated in the hotels, brotels & bars of Adis Ababa is nothing to do with South Sudanese people’s peace>>>>

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        • 20 December 2017 16:46, by Kuch

          but the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & their allies are the ones who are negotiating their evil selves into our country like they did last time in 2015. But the US & her allies are wasting their times & our times. Their puppets/stooges & traitors like Thomas Cirillo, Lam Akol, Pagan Amuom, Rebecca Nyandeng & Co. have long since been asked to come & join the national dialogue>>>

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          • 20 December 2017 16:52, by Kuch

            But since the national dialogue is not a US & her allies brain child---the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some creeps in IGAD wanted to be included in the governance of South Sudan & the South Sudanese people. And that is why they came up with their so-called "revitalization forum" And they are using their traitors like Pagan Amoum, Lam Akol, Thomas Cirilo, Rebecca Nyandeng---the traitors>>>

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            • 20 December 2017 16:55, by Kuch

              the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their allies have been holding hostage in foreign countries & they are now using them as their blackmails & bargaining cards to crawl their evil into our country----good luck to US & her allies. They are wasting their times & our times though & they know it.

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