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SPLM/A-IO cantonment site in Yambio lacks food, water: monitors


November 5, 2019 (YAMBIO) – South Sudan’s armed opposition’s (SPLM/A-IO) cantonment site in Yambio has not received food, portable water or shelter, commanders told the ceasefire monitoring body’s (CTSAMVM’s) Monitoring and Verification Teams (MVTs).

The Joint Military Ceasefire Commission (JMCC) deputy chair, Maj. Gen Majier Deng Kur at the cantonment site (JMEC photo)

On October 19, members of the MVT reportedly traveled to the SPLM/A-IO’s position at Kediba to discuss cantonment at the site approved by the Joint Military Ceasefire Commission (JMCC).

Last month, the CTSAMVM chairperson, Desta Abiche Ageno expressed concerns that shortage of food and medicine was forcing opposition fighters to abandon cantonment sites across South Sudan and thus threatening the country’s efforts to build a new army.

At least five cantonment sites, he said, were being deserted by the country’s opposition troops owing to the lack of food and medicine.

"The lack of sufficient logistic support to cantonment sites - especially food and medicine - has not been addressed and CTSAMVM is observing many of those registered forces now leaving designated sites including MirMir, Kendila, Sue, Ngo Alimah and Pantiit," he said.

South Sudan descended into war in December 2013 and the conflict has created one of the fastest-growing refugee crises in the world.

In September last year, the South Sudanese arch-foes signed a revitalized peace agreement, aimed at ending the devastating civil war that killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions.

The parties agreed to commence cantonment of the opposition forces in 25 sites, while government forces are to be cantoned in 10 main barracks spread out in the country, with one for each phase.

As such, it was agreed that a unified national army of 83,000 troops be formed before a transitional unity government is put in place.

The entire process has, however, been marred by delays over lack of funds and logistical constraints ahead of the November 12 deadline.

Last week, the country’s main opposition leader, Riek Machar threatened to pull out of the peace deal if a transitional national unity government is formed minus resolving pending security reforms.


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  • 6 November 2019 12:08, by james john luka

    They are opportunists bound to desert even if you provide the so called food or medicine they will still go if you don’t give them ranks, and if you give them ranks they will leave for alcohol and robbery.

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    • 6 November 2019 14:38, by Gorjang Gany

      Your humble and commitment is highly appreciated because you are now better than SSPDF since they were doing manual work in order to get food because they had not been paid for 10 months.

      Most of them fetched water, offloading commodities of traders, burning charcoal, madding houses and drink too much for them to forget or overcome the stress.

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    • 6 November 2019 21:49, by jubaone

      James John Luka
      All Equatorian SPLA-IOs must desert every cantonment and prepare for war, or join NAS altogether. This is the best thing that has happened. They should go and start cultivating while defending themselves from marauding and starving jienge freebooters. This is the start of an Equatorian Defense Forces (EDF). Equatoria Oyee!

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      • 7 November 2019 14:24, by james john luka

        Well done stupid idiot!! Congratulations for EDF II !! Which equatorians to defend? The same equatorians you are terrorizing, killing and abducting them? What a naive defense by the bunch of Idiots, like a defense of apes, without real equatora sons and daughters, it will just be a storm in a teacup.

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        • 7 November 2019 15:05, by jubaone

          James John Luka,
          I fully understand your fears, but you know very well Equatorians are good fighters. See, almost 70% of all jienge nyors have been put out of action, the rest are loitering around in Juba like street dogs. If you failed to wipe out only 1,500 IOs in 2016, how can you do that in Equatoria with over 20,000 armed boys/girls? Try you jienge cowards and don’t hide behind UPDF.

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  • 8 November 2019 05:30, by Anthony

    They left cantonment because they couldn’t get their hands on little boys to rape and take as wives(homosexual pedophilia).

    Gay pedophilia is a deeply held tradition among the primitives in that part of equatoria.

    Disgusting things🐵🐒

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    • 8 November 2019 18:31, by jubaone

      Anthony jiengeguyu bastard,
      Azandeland was the ONLY region in SS that was NOT taken over by jellaba, nor did jienges ever fight there. Azandes under Samuel Abu John, Bangasi Bakasoro did it alone. If, pedophilic rape was done, then we are seeing its success. Not like the jienge shitholes that sent off jellaba running away from stench and filth. Wash your shitholes, aryan jienge! You dirty savage.

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