South Sudan

Bloodshed as South Sudan Army Battles Armed Insurgents

Challenges facing South Sudanese include poor harvests, price hikes, conflict and displacement. UN Photo/Isaac Billy

Thousands have fled their homes to concentration camps following intense fighting in South Sudan’s Western Bah el Ghazal State in which at least 4, treatment 000 people have reportedly been killed in the last few days.

Defence officials say the mainstream armed forces, more about SPLA, are fighting back against militants who have wreaked havoc in the region.

Heavy gunfire and bombardments have left a trail of bloodshed and destruction to unprecedented levels, officials revealed.

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Vice President Riek Machar’s office issued a statement on Wednesday, condemning what it called “the ongoing and unnecessary the ethnic-targeted killing of more than 4,000 civilians and displacement of nearly 40000 people by the SPLA-In Government in Western Bahr el Ghazal State (WBS).”

The statement added: “These ongoing and unnecessary killings, displacement, looting and destruction of properties in WBS are once again a stark reminder of the indiscriminate massacres of thousands of our people around country…and are therefore intended to obstruct the smooth implementation of the Compromise Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCISS).”

The country has for the last three years been grappling with a deadly internal conflict, leaving thousands dead.

Machar’s office warned that the fighting is also a stark reminder to South Sudanese, the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD), the African Union (AU), United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the international community that the “SPLA-In Government forces are not at all interested peace and reconciliation of our people under the terms of the Compromise Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCISS).”


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he is deeply concerned about the current escalation of violence between the Sudan’s People Liberation Army (SPLA) and armed groups, in Wau town and surrounding areas, in South Sudan.

“The Secretary-General calls on all fighting forces to immediately suspend the hostilities, provide access to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and cooperate with humanitarian partners to facilitate the delivery of assistance. He urges all parties to agree to dialogue to resolve their political disputes,” said a statement attributable to the office of Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.

Regretting the reported loss of lives, the Secretary-General commended UNMISS and the Humanitarian Country Team for taking “pro-active steps to protect fleeing civilians” outside their base in Wau.

UNMISS is in the process of deploying additional capabilities to the area to be able to address possible contingencies, according to the statement.


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