Xenophobia in South Sudan, Sudanese Nationals Killed In Juba
April 17, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — At least two Sudanese nationals have been killed in South Sudan capital on Tuesday this week.
According to Col. James Monday Enoka, the Spokesman of South Sudan Police Service, an unknown number of gunmen attacked a compound inhabited by four Sudanese nationals in Gudele West area.
Monday confirms that two of the four Sudanese were instantly killed.
“The incident occurred on Tuesday at 4 am. The gunmen suspected to be gangs have entered into the residence of these people and killed them by using guns in Gudele West area. About four Sudanese were living in the same residence and unfortunately two of them were killed,” Monday said.
According to residents of Gudele, the four Sudanese were shopkeepers from Darfur region.
Within the last four months the death toll, targeting mostly foreigners in Juba, has increased.
A British aid worker, who worked as a senior director for Carter Center, was gunned down on February 17, 2014 by unknown gunmen.
Other cases, targeting Ugandan and Kenyan “bodabodas” [cyclists] and other businesspersons, are also on rise. A few cases targeting Eritrean and Ethiopians in South Sudan’s capital Juba, and Bor have also been reported.
In March this year, a rebel movement in Sudan’s Nuba Mountian, SPLM-North, threatened to present a petition to Juba for illegally detaining a senior commander, al-Hindi Ahmed Khalifa, and his colleagues. Gen. Khalifa died a few days later in prison from unknown sickness.
Both SPLM-N and Darfur’s JEM rebel groups are backing President Salva Kiir in South Sudan conflict.
Unlike in South Africa, the unknown fear and hatred in South Sudan is mostly political, targeting tribes or foreigners. Many observers believe that the attacks on both nationals and foreigners are linked to politic.
While the death of Sudanese nationals came a few days after Sudan bombed South Sudan’s Raja County in Western Bhar el Ghazal region, the death of British aid worker was linked to an attack on “Kawajaat” (white man) by South Sudanese politicians due to fear of sanctions and arms embargo.
Similar hate speech has led to an attack on UN Compound in Jonglei State’s capital, Bor, on 17th April, 2014.
More than 147 IDPs, mostly children and women from Nuer Ethnic group, were killed by heavily armed government allied militia, identified as “Bor youth”.
The attack was justified by South Sudan’s Minister of Information, Michael Makuei Lueth, who hails from Bor-Dinka and the recently sacked Minister of Interior and Wildlife Conservation, Aleu Ayieny Aleu, who argued that the IDPs are rebels. According to UNMISS about 86% of the IDPs are women and children.