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South Sudan restricts UNMISS activities citing coronavirus crisis: report


Chinese peacekeepers of UNMISS, patrol outside the premises of the UN Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Juba on October 4, 2016. (Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP Photo)
June 18, 2020 (JUBA) - South Sudanese security forces had blocked several sites of the UN operation across the country and restricted the movement of its patrols after a UNMISS staff member tested positive last April.

In a regular report to the Security Council on 15 June about the activities of the UN Mission in South Sudan between 16 February 2020 and 31 May 2020, UN Secretary-General spoke about the impact of the coronavirus disease on Mission personnel and operations.

South Sudan which was one of the last countries in Africa to report coronavirus cases identified a UNMISS female staff member as the first confirmed case in the country on 6 April.

On the same day, the South Sudanese security services "blocked movements in and out of UNMISS compounds in Juba" (United Nations House), Kuacjok, Malakal, Rumbek, Torit and Yambio, said the report seen by Sudan Tribune.

Further, In Torit, security forces warned UN personnel not to leave their compounds and threatened to arrest anyone found outside and impound their vehicles.

"UNMISS patrols to several locations were restricted on the grounds of COVID-19 prevention. The security forces claimed they were acting on instructions from the high-level task force," stressed the report.

At the time the South Sudanese First Vice President Riek Machar said the patient is a 29-year-old woman who arrived in the country from the Netherlands via Ethiopia on February 28.

South Sudan had already imposed a curfew, and other social distancing measures such to prevent the spread of the disease. Also, Borders had been shut and the Juba airport had been closed.

Pointing to the zealous behaviour of the government forces, the report said that they denied access to a UNMISS patrol to Opari Payam near Torit in Eastern Equatoria to monitor the progress of a quick-impact project.

Also, they physically assaulted a UNMISS national staff member, preventing him access to the United Nations House in Juba.

"On 9 April, following the engagement of my Special Representative with the authorities, the Government lifted restrictions in Juba, and subsequently on UNMISS compounds in Rumbek, Malakal, Kuacjok and Yambio," reads the report.

For Torit compound, restrictions were lifted on 23 April on the condition that only essential movement takes place.

The UN chief also stressed that the security forces used the coronavirus to obstruct the UNMISS patrols and other activities.

"With the onset of the pandemic, the South Sudan Peoples’ Defence Forces continued to impede the Mission’s mandated activities in the area citing the implementation of COVID-19 prevention measures," reads the report.


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  • 19 June 08:36, by Nueri Dial

    Why don’t you expel them outside the country!

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  • 19 June 10:33, by Kwacha Okonyomoi

    Where will the Nuer run to if UNMISS is expelled outside SS? Even with the signed peace, your people are still lingering inside UNMISS camps waiting for relieve food. Have some sense guy.

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    • 19 June 11:23, by South South

      Kwacha Okonyomoi,

      This is very good question to Nuer. Some Nuer don’t think about consequences of their actions, they just act and when people react to their stupid actions, they run to UN. This guy called Nueri Dial is the most stupidest Nuer. Nuer love free food, free nyantit and free hotel room.

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      • 19 June 16:00, by The Rhino

        South South,

        Wrong!Both Dinka and Nuer misfits don’t think about consequences of their actions,that’s why South Sudan is transfixed in a state of chaos and savagery.Its also true that there’re these local chihuahuas in Equatoria today, who support your disgusting inborn attitudes of greed,foolishness,theft and mayhem all along.These fucking bastards must be captured alive and hang in public......

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        • 19 June 16:06, by The Rhino

          South South,

          ..Furthermore,all starving fugitives from Abyei(like yourself)will be left for the angry Miseriya Arabs or devastating COVID-19 virus to deal with.Brave NAS warriors will finish off the rest,Amen!

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    • 19 June 11:39, by Malakal county Simon

      But you never defeat the second Is real in Africa but luckily, the half-Nuer are fighting another half-Nuer on your side on your side leave alone fighting another country on your side due to country resources boughting those hungry East African countries!! So if the Unimiss leave, it’s gonna a genocide both side believe me slaves/Dinkas

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      • 19 June 11:59, by Games

        Malakal County Simon
        Leave those useless alone. It will not long before they regret for what they done. Educate Dinka knows very well, the what they done in 2013 will have huges and long impact on them in a long runs. They are already tasting it Wrap state. Those minority in Greatest Upper Nile Region will taste it soon as well.

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      • 19 June 14:43, by Khent

        Malakal county Simon

        Do you Nuer not understand how pathetic you sound? So you’re apparently only losing because half of your tribe has joined Kiir? There is no evidence for this ludicrous claim. You were unified in 91 and you failed and you’re largely unified now and you’re failing.

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        • 19 June 14:50, by Khent

          The SPLA used the Panaruu and Ruweng Dinka to protect Bentiu and the oil producing areas. Bahr el Ghazal’s Division 5 was used to capture most of Unity State — with Bul militiamen playing a supporting role to the larger Dinka Division. Kiir and Malong made an arrangement with the Apadang Dinka of Upper Nile in which they would provide thousands of fighters...

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          • 19 June 14:52, by Khent

            ..for battles in Malakal, Melut, Canal Khorfulus, Maban territory and the Shilluk kingdom and they would be given Malakal — an area belonging to the Shilluk. Bahr el Ghazal troops were used to capture the bulk of Nuer territory in Upper Nile State long before Taban joined Salva Kiir. Bahr el Ghazal divisions and militiamen recaptured most of Jonglei.

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            • 19 June 15:03, by Khent

              The Dinka militia of Upper Nile State are the reason the oilfields have not fallen into rebel hands; these are the only Dinka sections in Greater Upper Nile that provided thousands of militiamen. Aweil and Gogrial are the only Dinka sections in Greater Bahr el Ghazal that truly joined this effort. You don’t know what you’re wishing for. Be careful.

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              • 19 June 16:35, by Khent

                Which Nuer sections constitute the half that have apparently joined Salva Kiir? I want the names of the specific sections and their census numbers. I know every Nuer section and look forward to answers on this question.

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                • 20 June 00:20, by Malakal county Simon


                  Which Nuer sections constitute the half that have apparently joined Salva Kiir? I want the names of the specific sections and their census numbers. I know every Nuer section and look forward to answers on this question.

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                  • 20 June 00:28, by Malakal county Simon

                    Like really? Are you that pretender, a lie and confused?

                    If you do really know the Nuer sections and its populations, how can you not know that the Bull Nuer section itself, constitute Half-Nuer populations? You’re Claimed that you know Nuer sections and its populations is pretending and laughable lies! You’re truly confused twic East Dinka and perhaps you should joins your brother Mabior Garan

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                    • 20 June 02:44, by Khent

                      Malakal county Simon

                      The idea that the Bul Nuer of Mayom County constitute half of your population is entirely untenable. Are we supposed to believe that the Bul have over a million people? Please provide evidence for this extraordinary claim.

                      If you insist that the Bul are half of your population, then you must concede that half of your tribe was with the Arabs since 1983.

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    • 19 June 17:21, by Nueri Dial

      Kwacha Okonyomoi,
      Let me know if those in Minkaman (Aweirial) camp are Nuer or if they pay for that WFP food?

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  • 19 June 18:05, by Mayendit

    Nueri Dial
    This is the first time, the Nuer sound like patriotism and I want to thank you about that. You said, why you didn’t expelling UNMISS in South Sudan. The reason why the Nuers people are viewed as a collaborators and traitors is because they seem to be weak on national issues and they fights so hard for internal conflicts but if you guys joined Dinka people to talked about National issue

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  • 19 June 18:16, by Mayendit

    Absolutely the SSPDF have all rights to block the UNMISS for many reasons. 1 the coronavirus is spreading so quickly in South Sudan and one of the UNMISS staffer exposed Juba’s city and then, they took that patient without government knowledge and it is a violation in any Country to do that. The SSPDF also have a right to blocking those UNMISS because they puts arms embargo on young nation and the

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  • 19 June 18:26, by Mayendit

    The third reason is that, there’s no any nation around the world allowed UN to move in all directions of the Country. They should staying in the place where they are supposed to have camp but not going every where in the country this is another violation of sovereignty as a nation. Forth reason, South Sudan is now under threats just look Ugandan Army attacked and killed four soldiers inside coun

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  • 19 June 18:37, by Mayendit

    To: Juba’s government and the South Sudanese people. If you guys are seeing the threats in South Sudan I do. Clearly, there’s a threaten to our nation before you prove me wrong just look Missierya tribal militia attacked civilians in the Northern South Sudan, our communities are also fighting each other, Ethiopian government are warning us and on the other hand, they Ugandan Army entering our coun

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  • 19 June 18:47, by Mayendit

    The Ugandan Army entering into our country and killing four SSPDF soldiers and on top of that, they were reporting wrong accusations which also brought ashamed saying, our soldiers were looting their citizens which is not true Basically, there is a big threat in our country and I wish all oppositions in South Sudan must leave whatever their difference with the current President and come together

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  • 19 June 18:57, by Mayendit

    From Eastern Equatoria region to Central Equatoria Regions, the Ugandan Army are now inside country and theirs civilians are pushing those Equatorians communities this is seemingly to be invaded lands and the Ugandan government are trying to take advantage because of our internal conflicts but no we must leave our difference apart and sitting to talk about what we will do as a nation. UNMISS shoul

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  • 19 June 19:08, by Mayendit

    Yes, if the arms embargo still on then, the South Sudan’s government must not accept any renewed contracts with UNMISS and yes, they should be expel. There is no point that, same UN security council imposed arms embargo on young nation on the other hand, they are claiming to works with same government they have imposed sanctions this a double standard.

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  • 19 June 21:13, by Mayendit

    Let us talk about 4 SSPDF soldiers that were killed in Eastern Equatoria by Ugandan Army. We would like to know why the President Kiir Mayardit and his five vices presidents kept quiet?. The killing of SSPDF soldiers was a national security concern and we would like to know exactly why our president has not speak up and this is absolutely a duty for them to protect each and every citizen in the co

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