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South Sudan rebels say released 15 prisoners of war

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After their release, Prisoners of war line up as they board ICRC plane to Juba on 28 January 2018 (ST Photo)
January 28, 2018 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese armed opposition official said they released 15 prisoners of war and handed them over to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Sunday.

The deputy rebel spokesperson, Lam Paul Gabriel said the war prisoners were airlifted from Kolopach airstrip at New Fangak in South Sudan’s Phow state by the ICRC to the South Sudan capital, Juba.

He, however, said those freed declined to go to Juba for fear of “repercussions” that could arise following their release from captivity.

“The SPLA-IO welcomes their decision and gave them the freedom to live among the displaced people in the State,” Lam said Sunday.

The release of the war prisoners, Lam added, followed the 21 December 2017 signing of the cessation of hostilities agreement, stressing that it was the third time the rebels were acting in compliance with the cessations of hostilities deal they committed to.

Lam appreciated the role the armed opposition faction commanders played by keeping the captives safe till Sunday when they were handed over to ICRC to be reunited with their families.

The rebel official, however, urged the regional bloc (IGAD) and the Troika nations (United States, Norway and Britain) to put more pressure on the Juba government to respect the ceasefire accord.

“The SPLA-IO calls upon IGAD and TROIKA to also comply with this article in the CoH by releasing Dr Riek Machar who has been since detained in South Africa as a result of this conflict. This will prove commitment and seriousness from the side of the IGAD and Troika in trying to bring lasting peace in South Sudan,” he said.

Last month, rebels allied to Machar unconditionally released seven prisoners of war, handed them to ICRC in Bhar el-Gazal region ahead of the process of reuniting them with their families in government-controlled areas.

(ST)

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  • 29 January 08:26, by Lenin Bull

    We did our research and found out that Kolopach is Dinkaland and the purported release of 15 prisoners of war is a sham and a drama to hoodwink IGAD, AU, UN, and Troika , and the world. The Dinka Ruweng of Atar local people are living in their land. How will SPLA-IO be pretending to be releasing prisoners there? Shame on SPLA-IO.

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  • 29 January 08:31, by Lenin Bull

    Let no rational human being believe this piece of political gimmick by SPLA-IO.Even ICRC has no information about this sham release of prisoners of war that don’t exist anyway.

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  • 29 January 10:35, by Whortti Bor Manza

    Lam,
    You are just a pimp and a sycophant of the Nuers. According to what Riek has proposed long power sharing: 42% Kiir, 42% Riek and 16% all oppositions. The contonment sites exclude all opposition forces. These mean Riek is only after retaining his position. Why then go to war ?

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    • 29 January 13:29, by Redeemer

      who on earth believe in such news which a child under 10 years can prove it as a lie. even animals can return to where they belong e.g our animals who went DRC, came back to former Western Equatoria state, who can refuse to be reunited with their parents and relatives

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      • 29 January 17:07, by lino

        Go ask the RED CROSS! Till they say no. SPLM/A under Dr. John Garang did the same during the war of 1980-2004, but Khartoum keep saying nonsense!!! Is Juba becomes the cloned NCP Government?! Let Dr. Telar give you the answer!!!!!!!

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