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SPLM-IO release 10 aid workers abducted in S. Sudan’s Yei


Non-food items distributing to IDPS by the UNHCR workers in Maridi on 4 March 2016 (ST Photo)

April 30, 2018 (JUBA) - Ten aid workers detained last week outside Yei have been released and handed over the to the Red Cross announced the South Sudanese rebels in a statement released late on Monday.

Lam Paul Gabriel SPLM-IO spokesperson said the release came after a directive issued Sunday from the group’s leadership to release the "10 aid workers that entered the SPLA IO controlled area without any clearance".

"It has been confirmed this afternoon the 30/04/2018 at about 2:50 PM that, the ICRC in coordination with Lt. Gen. Wesley Welebe and the Division 2B Commander Maj. Gen John Mabieh Gaar picked up the Aid workers and are safely on their way to Juba," said Gabriel.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), in a statement issued from Geneva, confirmed the release of the ten aid workers.

"The South Sudanese aid workers were transported by ICRC aircraft from an area around Yei to the capital, Juba," said the ICRC.

Last Saturday the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) condemned the abduction of ten aid workers around Yei town in Central Equatoria, working for UN agencies and NGO’s and urged their immediate release.

The move was seen as a violation of the peace and the cessation of hostilities agreements, which demand unimpeded access for humanitarian aid workers in South Sudan.

However, Gabriel blamed the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) for not coordinating with them saying this is the second time they detain aid workers who enter into the SPLM-IO controlled-areas without clearance and called for close coordination on this respect.

"The SPLA IO on several occasions advised UNOCHA field coordinator to coordinate with our humanitarian wing by providing notice of their movements and activities in advance, unfortunately, it is not forthcoming" he stressed.

On 15 April, the SPLM-IO released seven aid workers with the South Sudan Health Association (SSUHA) who had been detained in the Central Equatoria.

At the time, the rebels said they captured the aid workers after discovering two South Sudanese security agents deployed in the rebel-held areas as humanitarians deployed to "carry out hostile surveillance".

Gatwich Tap Nyuot’s issue

The rebel official also denied "baseless" reports about the execution of a South Sudanese aid worker detained in the Greater Upper Nile region.

"The Leadership of the SPLA IO is strongly refuting the accusation trending social media alleging that Dr Riek Machar has authorized the execution of Mr. Gatwich Tap Nyuot who is termed to be an ICRC local staff arrested by SPLA IO in Akobo".

Nyuot "is an agent of the regime and not an Aid worker in anyway," he added.

However, he said the detainee will be investigated and tried.


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  • 1 May 2018 09:07, by Games

    I would kill that useless so called Gatwech Tap Nyuot if I had caught him by myself. The guy is a super-idiot. His brother-in-law and one of his cousin were killed in Juba in 2013 by very same regime he brings back into Akobo.. What a lowlife guy

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  • 1 May 2018 09:45, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    We need justice on these Aids workers, they are not for government or rebel groups, these people are working for the seek of humanity and they should be treated with respect and dignity.now self interest groups desire of will suspend the services of entire village! These agency should think twice before they acts

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    • 1 May 2018 12:34, by South South

      The world should know by now the truth about a few rebels in Equatoria. They are there to deny people of Equatoria the help they are desperately need it. Yei is there to be seen under control of our government, if you are for war try Yei and leave aid workers to help poor people of Yei.

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      • 1 May 2018 15:34, by jubaone

        South South
        Only idiots and scoundrels have been made to believe that the jienge regime and bunch of benydits and bandits control the country. No, the jienges can be squatting in towns but the countryside is for the opposition. They were lucky, that they were Equatorians. Had they been MTNS, just short process. Watch out jienge 👀

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        • 1 May 2018 18:22, by South South

          Shut up loser. Everyone can see now what kind of rebels we have in Equatoria, only cut throats.

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  • 1 May 2018 14:50, by Theone

    How much money did the red cross pay to these lawless BANDITS?

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  • 1 May 2018 15:07, by Lenin Bull

    People should expect this menace by SPLA-IO to continue because they are being given money and being begged to release humanitarians they kidnapped and harassed at gun point while not being condemned. Government is not harassing humanitarian workers but UN with their hostile attitude toward the government always blames the government or sometimes generalize SPLA-IO misbehavior on all!

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  • 1 May 2018 15:11, by Lenin Bull

    If the UN was doing its work well in South Sudan, SPLA-IO would have been outlawed as a negative force long time back based on their attrocities in Bor, Bentiu, Baliet, Abiemnhom Malakal, Atar, Akobo since the beginning of the war in December 2013, 2014-2016. UN is playing war music in South Sudan so that we finish each other and they do their jobs which pay them hard cash/dollars!

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