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S. Sudan army killing civilians in Malakal: rebel sources


January 28, 2013 (ADDIS ABABA) – The South Sudanese army (SPLA) and its allied northern rebels from Sudan’s Blue Nile state have been carrying out “systematic indiscriminate” killing of vulnerable civilians in the Upper Nile state capital, Malakal, following the recapture from the rebels of the strategic town, rebel sources say.

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SPLA forces in the flashpoint town of Malakal in Upper Nile state (Reuters)

The killing, allegedly by forces loyal to South Sudan president Salva Kiir, reportedly targets civilians perceived to support dissident rebels led by the former vice-president, Riek Machar.

Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, told Sudan Tribune on Monday that pro-government soldiers and their allies were allegedly killings civilians in a manner similar to what happened when the conflict started out in the capital, Juba, on 15 December.

“We have been receiving disturbing reports from Malakal that the pro-Kiir forces have resorted to mass murder of civilians in Malakal. This is similar to the criminal episode Kiir’s so-called presidential guards carried out in the capital Juba when thousands of Nuer civilians were targeted, killed in cold blood”, Dak said.

He claimed that this time the “evil forces” in Malakal extended their criminal acts allegedly by targeting not only the Nuer civilians, but also members of Shilluk community and those from Greater Bor counties, particularly members of the Twic East and Duk counties.

“There has been door-to-door search of Nuer, Shilluk and Dinka Bor by these forces, majority of which come from the rebels of Southern Blue Nile across the border from the neighbouring Sudan. They indiscriminately drag out civilians from their houses and shoot them point blank, some church pastors were killed too”, he said.

He said Pastor Daniel Giel Pal, a former moderator of South Sudan Presbyterian Church in Upper Nile state, was among the spiritual leaders dragged out and killed.

Dak further said hundreds of women, children and men were believed to have been lynched and shot dead in the last few days allegedly by pro-Kiir forces in Malakal.

The same scenario, he stressed, occurred in Bor and in the Unity state’s capital, Bentiu, where the army allegedly burnt down to ashes most of the town, killing civilians who could not escape.


The spokesperson for the South Sudanese army, Phillip Aguer, has dismissed the rebel claims as lies, saying they were committed to the cessation of hostilities deal signed last week.

“Whatever the rebels are saying is not true. The SPLA is mandated to protect its people, not kill them. I can tell you we are committed to the cessation of hostilities agreement reached between the two parties last week”, Aguer said .


Meanwhile, the military spokesperson of the SPLA in Opposition, Brig. Gen Lul Ruai Koang, confirmed the Malakal incidences, accusing government’s troops and their allies of “committing crimes against humanity”.

Koang further claimed Kiir, who is also commander-in-chief of the army, and his key security ministers had lost control and command of the multiple armies supporting his grip on leadership.

“Kiir’s ability to exercise command and control over his forces and ministers had been greatly affected by the existence and presence on the ground of three armies, namely: his private and tribal army, national army and the Ugandan Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF)”, he claimed.

Currently, Koang said, the thousands of the UPDF troops deployed in South Sudan to fight for Kiir’s leadership are the ones in charge of the operations around in Greater Equatoria and Jonglei states, while Sudanese rebels are pushing for military operations in Unity and Upper Nile states.

“Kiir and his Chief of General Staff [Gen James Hoth Mai] are literally receiving operational orders from UPDF’s Colonel in charge of operations in the country and this partly explains the breakdown in command & control and in the chain of command,” he said.

The rebels also questioned why it was the Ugandan army and not their South Sudanese counterparts who first announced the recapture of Bor town from rebel forces a week ago.

“It was the UPDF spokesperson who first announced arrogantly that the Ugandan forces had recaptured Bor town”, Dak told Sudan Tribune.

The rebels have largely blamed the recent violations by the government of the cessation of hostilities agreement on the presence of the UPDF troops, which they directly accused of carrying out military offensives on the rebels positions near Bor, just few hours after the signing of the agreement in the Ethiopian capital.

The two sides accuse each other of violating the deal less than a week after it was reached.


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  • 28 January 2014 06:54, by Mi diit

    Of course this savage army of Salva Kiir and their UPDF god-fathers are carrying out mass atrocities in the areas they recapture. ICC should have plenty of documented war crimes and crimes of humanity committed by Kiir’s SPLA and Museveni’s UPDF in South Sudan. Museveni is the new president in South Sudan now.

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    • 28 January 2014 07:32, by Deng II

      lie or cry is not going to help you. When SPLA captured Bentiu, they found every things burned down, even ammunition. BBC reporters witness it. In Malakal, more than 250 drown when they heard that Nuer rebellions rebels are coming to recaptured Malakal. All these had been documented by news organization in the worlds. Nuer rebellion is going to disappear soon than latter.

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      • 28 January 2014 07:40, by Deng II

        - Now Risky is trying to build relationship with the North SUDAN as usual but homo el bashit will not help much, because its will be only NUER rebellions as usual. Homo-E-bashit can support Nuer rebellions as usual and we can support Spla-n as usual.

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        • 28 January 2014 07:56, by Deng II

          - Mabior Garang will be only political supporter to Dr Criminal without drawing men from Dinka,like Arok Thon. So, Homo=el bashit will provides weaponry to Dr.Risky to just sabotaged the stability of SS only,not overthrowing Kiir, because isn’t gonna happened.Dr.Risky, from now to 2015 White Army will become exhausted to fight a long time war, due they not going to win,including more causalities. e

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          • 28 January 2014 08:59, by Bilpam-Batalyon

            You seem to be out of touch with the reality. Mabior Beny an hero, he fights ineffective governance and malpractice exercised by Kiir’s regime. Greater Bor is being played as a political subject to win interest, if I can analyse.This issue is all about white and black bull, Kiir’s plan is to get rid of Bor-twich now and deal with Bor-south later.

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            • 28 January 2014 09:13, by Deng II

              "Greater Bor is being played as a political subject to win interest, if I can analyse". You state it perfectly, now Mabior Beny and Dr.Criminal is played greater Bor-Twich as subject to win interest.if it is the case, than Mabior and Dr.Criminal will never win, with Dr.Criminal’s hand is full with blood of Greater Bor Twic.You out of touch to sale out blood of 1991 falling my people tobe Benydit.

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              • 28 January 2014 09:24, by Deng II

                Bilpam Batalyon
                I’m always very critical with visionless patriot President kiir is, but I cannot choose devil because person’s visionless. I don’t have problem with Mabior at all once he support patriot man like Hoth, but support Killer, is streamly absurd I never read in History of mankind.

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              • 28 January 2014 22:25, by Nyakuzuny

                Deng11 please leave those Nonsense , brother is too-late for you , this fighting is not the Same like 1991 please. please are u believes now ? Nuer are your Husband including Uganda Troops and Darfur Troops . one Tribe fucks three Countries with good Training fighters hahhahaaaa Nuer Oyeee! Dr. Machar Oyeee! win.!win.!win.! Dr. Machar and Die! die ! die! Kiir Mayardit .

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              • 29 January 2014 03:33, by Bilpam-Batalyon

                Deng II, I believe Riek was already forgiven that is why he had served as Vice. The current violence was not triggered by Riek’s past records, it is the inability to govern,corruption and undemocratic practice in the SPLM/A bureaucracy. I don’t support killing any innocent person (civilians). I know, Nuer did not spare Twich-Bor in the last weeks fighting, I still say Riek’s claim this time is log

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        • 28 January 2014 22:12, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

          Look my dear people of South Sudan, are u still believing the Government of Idiot for Idiot by Idiot and of Idiot, Kiir Mayardit his troops are using to Killed Civilians in Nuer Land and all part of South Sudan,&we knowing that this Primitive Dinka Leader is fighting against Nuer People& we believing that if Foolish Kiir will not step down! the war will never end until we will Kill him by all mean

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          • 29 January 2014 03:48, by Bilpam-Batalyon

            Bilpam land, If I was a high ranking officers, I would have been on Riek’s side this time.There are clear reasons for me not to stand with Kiir, and these include having his own tribal army and corruption. What I have failed to understand is why nuer people did not compromise Greater Bor while are now being supported by some Bor elements? It is good hear comment from one of nuer.

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      • 28 January 2014 07:55, by Hardlinner

        Deng ii, the bustards are desperate for support. The nuers they deceived to joint them during their lies have come to realise that what power greedy riek told them was untrue and unfounded. So the started to abundance him to fight his baseless war along his primitive generals. We totally reject rebellion and whoever want to rule south sudan must do it through vote.

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        • 28 January 2014 08:04, by Deng II

          I absolutely agreed with you. You can check this out,https://radiotamazuj.org/en/article/unity-state-announces-surrender-hundreds-defectors. Unity State division 4 is going to surrender one by one. Lou Nuer will realizes that, the Desperate leadership loon is going to finish the children.

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          • 28 January 2014 09:14, by Joseph Canada

            DengII and hard liner, what you are telling people here is alie. The systemic killing of other tribes in south sudan is always what the Dinka dream is and now found the right person to do it. Salva Kiir and Museveni will be just like Charles Taylor of Liberia and Sankos of Seria Leon. they will face the death. S. Sudanese are not like northen Ugandans or Congolese whom he play with.

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        • 28 January 2014 09:14, by Bilpam-Batalyon

          Hardiner, you lack comprehensive understanding. I don’t care which tribe you belong to.Kuol’s appointment to the defence ministry was a strategy used by Kiir to divide Dinka Bor and also not to lose Bor to Riek Machar. Now, Kiir’s trick gained success.Lingering rumours now that Kuol will soon be replaced by Malong Awan because he is no longer required, rebellion has already been dealt with.

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          • 28 January 2014 09:46, by Deng II

            Bilpam Batalyon, I realized that you try to created feud indirectly between Dinka Bor and on the side of river Nile Dinka. Well, put in your mind that Nuer don’t care who is good and bad Dinka. Right now, there is no need to an implied that Kiir play divides and rules system to Bor People. Nuer right now doesn’t care about that.

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    • 28 January 2014 11:14, by Tong dut

      IT was not Kiir who kill civilians, but his mad relative who are in the army (Dinkas).
      Now they have put Kiir into fire, who will vote to Kiir since he is a tribal leader of Dinkas?

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    • 28 January 2014 15:32, by mathem jech amer

      Rebels lies again
      After defeat, you try to lie.You have killed so many people including Shilluk prominent businessmen and doctors and now with your lies.Since governemnt forces entered Malakal, no civilians came back.Pastor who was killed run away with rebels & came back after sometimes, that lead to his death,maybe he came to spy,Catholic pastors are always there whether gov or rebels control MKL

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      • 29 January 2014 05:45, by Bentiu son

        Maliel, view this idiot before u shamefully claim for victory against Nuer warriors ’’it was the UPDF spokesperson who first announced arrogantly that the Ugandan forces had recaptured Bor town”,where were your Gelweng militias pro- forces of Dinka genocidal president Salva Kiir? Foolish Dinka majority of BEG your foolishness dragged SS into civil war.Salva kiir is puppet of M7.

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    • 28 January 2014 15:59, by Bungachier 50

      The rebels are giving a FAKE report. The SPLA gave a similar report last week and this is what they are turning upside down. Shame on you rebels. Were you not the ones who killed the TEN prominent Business men/Doctors in Malakal? After all, we don’t have Sudanese rebels among our National Army, the SPLA.

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    • 29 January 2014 07:22, by Johndumo14

      When Nelson mandela was imprisoned for 27 years. The world powers like, USA,Russia,China,EU,Security council,Why did they not call for his early release???????????
      It it because black VS white ??? And why the world powers like the African Union ,the security council want the 11 S.Sudan politicians to be released ,is it because blacks VS Blacks???? Plse shut ur mouth!

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    • 29 January 2014 07:38, by Johndumo14

      This massage is to all those soldiers who defected from Juba,Yei,Kaya,Kajokeji,torit,and othe states like Bentiu,Bor Malakal,who havejoined rebellion please you are kindly asked to surrender to the nearest SPLA UNIT in the area,you will be pardoned by the S.Sudan president,you are welcomed back to your unit with your full pay.This is not the time,to fight,think twice!!

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    • 29 January 2014 08:02, by Johndumo14

      Ex-VP,Dr Riek Machar will face treason charges,this news is welcomed by many south sudanese,he faces not only treason charges,including war crimes back dated from 1991 to 2013,this will bring jutice to our new nation,and will bring relief to the families of those killed by this war lord supported by khartoum.Those generals around him must think now of their future.

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  • 28 January 2014 07:01, by omoni jr.

    There is nothing we can dispute here, we know Dinka very well as killers not protector as liar Aguer said.

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    • 28 January 2014 07:19, by allan

      that guy in the picture looks like uganda to u damn ass shit but yeah we only killed those stupid nuer not the samrt nuer that stay us we will never stop killing them

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  • 28 January 2014 07:44, by Hardlinner

    Look at these foolish militias/looters. Your lies will never earn support from any one. It is indeed you militias/looters that have killed civilians in bor town, malakal and bentiu. Your murdering of civilians have been documented. You shamelessly murdered old, sicks, women and childrens in bor. All peace loving countries have right to support kiir in eliminating ur evil rebellion.

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    • 28 January 2014 07:59, by Peter Mading

      Brig, stop alleging false information. Remember this is a modern world that need evidences and proof. There are no civilian in Nuer community: Have you forgotten that the so called White-army are 100% civilians which have been used to fight in Malakal and Bor? What are you talking again?

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      • 28 January 2014 08:22, by choldit

        Thanks peter for telling the truth about SPLA-Kirr killing civilians in Malakal becoze they think there is no Nuer civilians. But Peter why the Dinka have to seek protection frm Nuer by hiring UPDF, SRF n JEM?

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  • 28 January 2014 10:30, by Wani khooto

    dear all
    can any one stop these guys who comment on this web,let think of peace in our country rather then preaching war and tribalism.our country is remaining behind while we are just supporting hopeless leaders like machar.nuer should learn how to tolerate and mind u that democracy will be brought not by nuer alone, u are getting finished by s-sudanese.surrender now as equatorian are coming.run

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    • 29 January 2014 04:07, by Bilpam-Batalyon

      Wani, I love your comment, ’tolerance’. You are smart and patriotic man. But can anyone help me with answering this question. Tolerance is why Dinka-bor is so special in Southern Sudan. There is no one can gain presidential position without endorsement from Dinka-bor, why is that? and this is what makes Dinka-bor becoming a victim of any political disagreement. Do you think the same?

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  • 28 January 2014 10:32, by Marco Bul

    The apes are trying to find something to mobilise their lalok eaters.Twic East and Shilluk won’t join this senseless war.There is no more liberation needed again.If it is power,we don’t care about it either.Leave us alone.We can’t be fooled with lies.Go to Lou and get some morons.

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    • 28 January 2014 15:01, by Mi diit

      Ahahahahaaaaaaaaaa.....I don’t know what you poor guys will be saying when you lose the leadership soon. The storm is soon to arrive and knock at your doors soon. This war will end with you leaving the leadership. If you think it will just drag on like that of Yau-Yau rebellion you are wrong. This is a serious one that will kick you out SOON!!!

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      • 28 January 2014 15:28, by Konkooc

        Mi ba ngoth
        I doubt nuer will defeat Dinka till Jesus come
        stupid hungery nuer ran to Dinka land including Warrap State of President Kiir Mayardit. the forces of devil riek machar are now surrendering when the sons of lou nuer understood it in Bor town and soon Lou nuer will kill devil machar or he have to ran to his hometown leer.
        "nuer may win the battle but not War"

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        • 28 January 2014 15:34, by Konkooc

          is not nuer civilian who is targeted now but those fifth column who call themselves white army.
          if there was no so called unmiss Dinka would have fucked all nuer because they have no nowhere to hide. nuer are now refusing to go to thier counties becuase of hunger in their villages. lazies nuer devils who like looting.

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          • 28 January 2014 17:21, by jijury

            We know those cowards always turn their angry on innocent people every time they are defeated! Their mercenaries whether from Olony Collo forces, Uganda forces Blue Nile and Bahr Al Gazal thugs who were brought in to carry out genocide against innocent Nuer civilians will soon face Nuer warriors. No heart feelings Naath Mighty warriors on their way get them one by one.

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        • 29 January 2014 04:44, by Bilpam-Batalyon

          Konkooch, your name has impressed me. The meaning of ’konkooch’ is tolerance which Dinka mostly used, and that is what make Dinka special, particularly a Dinka-bor core value. I mean to say that if your leadership was with Dinka-bor there would have been no this mess and chaos. I am not from Dinka-bor but they sacrifice themselves. E.g., John Garang.

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          • 29 January 2014 12:11, by Konkooc

            ya brother Bilpam
            Konkooc is core value of whole Dinka not only Bor Dinka.
            if Konkooc of Dinka what made them to be despised and called a coward as said by some of nuer, then the whole Dinka will drop that school of Konkooc and fight for Dinka dignity to the last Dinka Man. Dinka is invincible. am angered from what was done by those hungery nuer looter in Malakal,Bentiu and Bor.

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