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South Sudanese army accused of displacing civilians in Equatoria region


Sudan People's Liberation Army soldiers walk along a road near Bor, on January 31, 2014 (AFP Photo)
May 9, 2020 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese army continues to massively displace civilians in Central and Western Equatoria States, said the National Salvation Front (NAS) in a statement released on Saturday.

The holdout group recently accused the government forces of attacks on its positions in Central Equatoria and joint military operation with the SPLA-IO in Western Equatoria. It also said that civilians have been targeted because they are accused of supporting NAS fighters.

"NAS urges members of International Community and international humanitarian organizations to closely monitor this worrying development and hold the government responsible for the suffering they are inflicting on civilians," reads the statement.

The group further said the army has closed all the roads and denied access to the UNMISS peacekeepers who are mandated with the protection of civilians.

"The cancellation of movement of UNMISS and NGOs is to provide cover for this planned offensive and to deny UNMISS as well as NGOs access to areas and evidence of the humanitarian catastrophe in the making and the atrocities of the SSPDF- SPLA IO on civilians," said the group.

Earlier this year, NAS and its allied groups of the SSOMA, an alliance of the non-signatory groups of the revitalized peace agreement, have signed the Rome Declaration committing them and the government to negotiate a political settlement to the conflict.

They also recommitted themselves to the cessation of hostilities agreement of 21 December 2017.


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  • 10 May 05:17, by South South

    Shit, NAS is lying again.

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    • 10 May 12:36, by The Rhino

      South South,

      Your Dinka brain is in your ass!Last time you said COVID-19 will not survive the heat in South Sudan,hot temperatures will kill it.This was proven wrong.Number of infected people is rapidly rising.Same thing few years ago,you said Riak Machar will not put feet in Juba,that he is finished, he got eye cancer,his IO is nowhere to be seen...wrong!Now again, you are repeating your dumb...

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      • 10 May 12:47, by The Rhino

        South South,

        ...shit about mighty NAS fighters, that they are nowhere in western Equatoria or Greater Equatoria..wrong!Get this,NAS warriors have become stronger,deadlier& sophisticated.They are present across Equatorias and areas bordering Dinka luaks.They are sharp and vigilant like never before!!!They are even near Kiir’s house in Juba,ready to capture him alive.NAS will give you nightmares!

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      • 10 May 13:26, by South South

        The Rhino,

        Damn ass Mundari. You need to use your stupid head to think like human being. Coronavirus until now has killed no one in South Sudan. Our country opens up this week and life is returning to normal. Riek is in our hands and we can do anything we want with him. No single NAS in Western Equatoria, Azande tribe are stupid to let stupid Karo destroy their state, Azande calls Karo, Awouro.

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  • 10 May 07:33, by Games

    If it is a true sources, then this not acceptable. Those who are responsible for displacing civilians population in the middle of these crisis. They must be punished.

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    • 10 May 11:55, by South South


      This is the only reason I think you are mentally retarded. Riek and his dirty wife are in charge of South Sudan army, period. Anything happens in South Sudan with army involvement (killing, mistreatment), Riek and his wife are responsible for that. Send Riek and his wife to jail. First of all, no NAS in Western Equatoria, but a blind person like you will not know that.

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      • 11 May 11:12, by Nueri Dial

        ’’Riek and his wife are in cherge of South Sudan army/Riek is in our hand and we can do what ever we want to do’’ Which one is which? You are not human being actually. I wish NASS are present and would storm Waraf. Being in Equatoria will not show d/n b/n NASS and Civilian.

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  • 10 May 17:26, by Mayendit

    There is nothing important than telling the truth in regards to holdout opposition claims that,they were attacked by SSPDF or SPLA in opposition is false claim. The holdout rebels were the first to make attacked on the government and SPLA I0. In order for South sudan to be estabilizing as a nation, the SPLA I0 and SSPDF must be reunited just now.

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  • 10 May 17:33, by Mayendit

    It came to my attention that, some people are interested to see South sudan failing State and this is why Ambassador met with Riek Machar Teny and he is trying to pushing Riek Machar not accept any deal but to continue doing worse as usual. Riek Machar must be careful this time around because we are getting tired about unnecessary wars.

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  • 10 May 17:41, by Mayendit

    I understand this article is not talking about coronavirus but I want South Sudanese to question the President Salva Kiir Mayardit specifically, the restrictions on coronavirus that was being lifted just randomly. We must tells the President Kiir that, you have lifted restrictions at the wrong time in the wrong place.

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  • 10 May 17:48, by Mayendit

    According to Riek Machar, the President Kiir Mayardit cannot think on what to do for the country but if you try to give him your Ideas then, he won’t take this is true now.

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    • 11 May 11:16, by Nueri Dial

      Salva Kiir is a walking dead body long time ago. He made handing over to Dr.Riek since the time he dissolved 32 states. We are waiting for his final handing over before July. Prepare for his burial soon. Corona Virus will solve this problem, Dr.Riek should not worry himself

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