South Sudan

Juba On Edge As Darfuris Protest Unity Massacre

sales ed geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>According to Radio Tamazuj, hundreds of Darfurian traders were killed as Maj Gen James Koang’s forces took over Bentiu town, the capital of Unity States.

The protesters presented a petition to the government of South Sudan and to the United Nation Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

Abdullah Hamad Othman, the paramount chief of the Darfur community in South Sudan, said about 455 Sudanese citizens lost their lives at the hands of rebels.

In the same spirit, he called upon government and UN to set up a committee to investigate the atrocities.

The Minister of Defence Kuol Manyang Juuk, Minister of Interior Aleu Ayieny and ex-environment minister Abdallah Deng Nhial were also in attendance.

While addressing the press yesterday, the Minister of Information and Broadcasting of the Republic of South Sudan, Hon Michael Makuei Lueth, blamed UNMISS for turning away civilians seeking refuge at the fall of Bentiu on April 15, 16.

“Of the citizens who decided to run to the UNMISS compound, a few were allowed to enter. The others were not allowed to enter by UNMISS, but instead were directed to proceed to the mosque and to the churches and to the hospital.”

Makuei said that after the capture of the town, the rebels started their searches in the churches, in the mosque and identified particular nationalities or tribes.

“Those unfortunate, innocent, unarmed civilians were slaughtered by the rebel forces in the mosque, in the churches and in the hospital.”

The report was refuted by UNMISS stating that at no point did the Mission ever turn away any civilians who came to its camp to seek protection and instead opened its gates to all unarmed civilians who found their way to the camp.

“Upon learning of the attacks that were taking place in various places in Bentiu Town such as the main hospital and the Kali-Ballee Mosque, continues the statement, UNMISS peacekeepers went to those locations to extract civilians who were trapped and could not find their way out, as evidenced by the attached photos of our troops extracting hundreds of civilians from the hospital.”


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