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South Sudan rebels deny recruiting refugees in Ethiopia


March 4, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudan rebels have rubbished claims they have recruited civilians in the refugee camp in the neighbouring Gambella region of Ethiopia, stressing the claims was a mere propaganda.

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South Sudanese refugees in Gambela, Ethiopia (Photo: South Sudan Consul, Gambela)

Lt Gen James Koang Chuol SPLA-IO Deputy Chief of General Staffs (DCOG) for Administration and Finance told Sudan Tribune on Sunday he was accused with several other senior commanders of recruiting refugees in order to compromise the group’s relationship with the Ethiopian government.

“They want to implicate me with Ethiopian government while they are on the offensive on our forces in Maiwut and Nasir. The latest claim by the so-called (SPLM-IO Taban Deng Gai faction) Dickson Gatluak Joak is not true and contrary to the cessation of hostilities agreement which is not being respected by their government,” he said.

Last week, SPLM-IO faction loyal to First Vice President Taban Deng, alleged that rebel commanders from the SOLM-Io faction led by Riek Machar have mobilized refugees in Ethiopia to join them and attack Pagak, a town at the border between Ethiopia and South Sudan.

However, Chuol has described the claim against their group by the government as a "dangerous accusation and unfounded allegations".

“It has not happened to us to go and recruit refugees in the refugee camps in another country. But the government thought it was smart enough to resort to propaganda in order to blindfold the region and international community,” he added.

In a statement released on Sunday, Taban’s faction said the forces loyal to the former First Vice President Machar are now in Buoth of Northern Upper Nile, preparing for attacks on several areas in the Upper Nile region including Nasir, Bentiu and Pagak.

The statement further said the Troika countries, which facilitate the peace process, should now that the opposition groups are not willing to reach a negotiated settlement but seek a "regime change".

"We are well informed that they (rebels) receive moral and material support- weapons and ammunition from their allies in the region and beyond," further claimed the statement.

The warring parties in South Sudan signed a cessation of hostilities agreement on 21 December 2017, but the confidence measure has not been observed. Also, threats of sanctions didn’t dissuade them from carrying out attacks.


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  • 4 March 23:22, by Mayendit

    James Koang Chuol and his boss Simon Gatwech must know now that, most rebels pro Riek Machar Teny are abandon SPLA I0. it would be a fool for you guys to sticking with the leader that has been defeated long time ago. You should find way to position yourselves and do your own thing than rebellion. Pro vice president Taban Deng are enjoying good life with their relatives and they moved without fear.

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    • 5 March 08:50, by Midit Mitot

      Big propaganda from Juba IO crown Hotel, it,s shame to propagate something that would never yield any fruit, those of Mayendit, Dick Gatluak who came recently from true IO back to Juba regime are like Dog that came back to it,s Vomits.

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  • 4 March 23:27, by Kush Natives

    Why denying the fact? Region 12 remain as a useful sources of white army. Instead of sending those white army to school, so that they’re educated, you just wasting their lives.

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    • 5 March 00:42, by Koryom2

      Mayendit & Kush Natives,
      I always say, that our Nuer cousins always like to copycat whatever the Jaangs/Dinkas have done. Our Nuer cousins do not know that their only countries in Gambella region are ’Itang, Bilpam & Tharpam’ But starting from Jebel Bonga----the mighty SPLA & SPLM cadres training centre; Gambella, Panyido, Dimmo, Raad two, Gillo, Pachalla & Akoba; are the Anyuaks countries>>>

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      • 5 March 00:48, by Koryom2

        If the Nuers would want to wast their damn times fighting their Ngundeng Biong fantasies that the Nuers are going to Rule the Dinkas/Jaangs with those Ngundeng fantasies of theirs, then our Nuers must prepare for a war that would probably decimate the Nuers population out of our country & even in that damn Gambella region>>>

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        • 5 March 00:54, by Koryom2

          Our Nuer cousin fools, we are going to bomb the evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their cloned so-called arabs of our North Sudan & some of their creepy allies in between out of our fellows. Your Riek Machar is long dead idiots. accept peace or get bombed. You traitors want to bring the evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus>>>

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          • 5 March 00:59, by Koryom2

            their UN, their sleazy NGOs, your cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan & some of their creepy allies. Simply because of free food & to be resettled in Europe or America. Nuers, most of you idiots have been a pain of the Dinkas/Jaangs ars*ses ever since. But we keep informing you fools to get the hell out of these so-called UN POCs & farm your damn own food>>>

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            • 5 March 01:30, by Koryom2

              But all you fools always do is to fold your damn arms & cross your damn legs & twitter day & night like birds about the mis-use of resources, when you are not doing anything to help your damn own selves. Money do not grow from the trees. The evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus, their UN>>>>

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  • 5 March 03:43, by Games

    What is wrong of recruiting the Youth in refugees camps? John Garang done in Itang and others parts of the Ethiopia in 80s,where the SPL gangs even stolen my 11 years old brother in school to join Dinka SPL.

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    • 5 March 06:38, by Kush Natives

      FYI, John Garang haven’t done as such, one wonders of why you idiots tried to copy everything stupidly without studying it first, John Garang was educating RED army of which you’re seeing today as lost boys/girls. John Garang never recruited any child. But, Riek Machar uses white army in any stupidity occasions. Games, think twice before you go to war! Bad Nuer are finishing up!

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      • 5 March 07:36, by Games

        Again, I was in the middle of those, John Garang did order the recruitment both in Ethiopia and Kenya/ Kakuma camps. He also recruited lots of young boys in his home Town/Bor in early 90s. I lost lot of mates from Kakuma/camps 1993-1994 which mostly Dinka to the army.
        White army recruited itself, if you don’t know that, they bought their owns guns, organised themselves without any directio

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        • 5 March 07:37, by Games

          White army recruited itself, if you don’t know that, they bought their owns guns, organised themselves without any direction involvement from the training army.

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  • 5 March 07:23, by Games

    After 11 days of fighting, you lost the war and runs back to Juba absolutely naked. Then the Uganda and Kenya have to involved and drive back white army to Bor. Tell the truth and not lives with denial

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  • 5 March 08:47, by Sunday Junup

    You are right but our Dinka idiot could never listen to anyone since they know only banydit! I was in Itnag refugee Camp when Grang was recruiting refugee by force. Young boys were brought in form of red army. you know what most of them die of hunger b/se no one care about them and they are just kids who could not know where to get help. Peace will never come if we keep ignoring their right

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    • 5 March 12:27, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Games & Sunday Junub

      Gatkuel inta, you are fooling yourselves, Dr. John was screened red-army, and send them to school for better future, unlike your power-greedy Dr. Riak, who using red-army aka white army topple elect gov,t. Dr. Riak was destroyed the future of nuer youths.

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      • 5 March 13:08, by Nairobimitot

        Go and make peace. It is time for peace now.

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        • 5 March 13:14, by Eastern

          MAKE PEACE with who? You have Taban and Lol in the seat of PEACE!

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        • 5 March 13:45, by Garang Akeen Tong


          These thugs, likes Jubaone, eastern, sunday junub, games,

          these groups of santanic mindset, cann,t understand longuage of peace, they are only for big position in gov,t, they have heart with a good qualification, and they fail to reasoning.

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          • 5 March 16:24, by Eastern

            Garang Akeen Tong,

            LICK YOUR WOUNDS....!Fuck and fuck...!

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            • 5 March 19:07, by Garang Akeen Tong


              Your abusive words, will take you nowhere, accept peace and come home brother, to build our nation to became better s.sudan, we are tired of war.

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              • 6 March 07:28, by Sunday Junup

                Peace was not signed because Kiir refuse to step down! is it not power hungry man?

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