May 09, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — The leadership of South Sudan’s SPLM/SPLA [in Opposition] welcomes the call by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to transfer the suffering populations (IDPs) from government controlled areas to rebels held territories in the country.
According to Nyarji Jermlili Roman, the deputy spokesperson in the office of Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the Opposition highly welcomes and appreciates the “bold step” that is being taken by the United Nations to reallocate the IDPs to their strongholds.
“We abundantly appreciate the move and regard this step as bold step in right direction and the beginning of understanding the South Sudan crisis by Secretary General of UN.” Nyarji said.
Speaking to Nyamilepedia Press, Nyarji reiterates that the IDPs have endured suffering and fear of unlawful extrajudicial execution from the government security forces in government controlled areas in Greater Upper Nile region since the beginning of the conflict.
“Since the beginning of the current South Sudan conflict, South Sudanese citizens from Nuer ethnicity are since then still hostage in UN camps across the country fearing unlawful extrajudicial Execution from the government security organs and had greatly lost confident and trust from the government of President Salva Kiir in Juba, Bor, Bentiu, Malakal and Wau”Nyarji said.
The opposition acknowledges the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, believing that the IDPs would be able to resume their daily routines in rebels held areas without fear.
“Therefore the leadership of SPLM/SPLA under leadership of Dr.Riek Machar Teny has highly welcomed the bold step taken by Secretary of United Nations (UN) Amb. Ban Ki Moon to relocate Nuer IDPS from government control areas to SPLM/SPLA IO held territories so that they can follow and practice their routine daily life in their original areas without fear.”Said the deputy spokesman,
The Opposition further calls on all the citizens of South Sudan to seek refuge in liberated areas for better security and safety.
“In other hand, the leadership of SPLM/SPLA also call upon all people of South Sudan to come and/or go to all SPLM/SPLA IO liberated areas for full security and safety as it is best acknowledged that the government troops are not in position of protecting civilians and their properties rather than killing, looting and vandalizing them.” Nyarji said.
“Secretary Ban Ki Moon is very well convinced that SPLM/SPLA will provide the necessary security protection to the civilians based on his own assessment and that the current government in the country under Salva Kiir Mayardit is utterly illegitimate and it has limited capacity and means to protect all citizens of South Sudan.” the deputy spokesman continued.
Over the past few days, the Mission has spoken publicly about relocation of IDPs as heavy rains hit many parts of the country.
Speaking to “Eye” Radio, the Mission’s spokesperson, Ariane Quentier, stresses that relocation of IDPs from Malakal is a priority given that any outbreak of diseases can easily threaten many vulnerable lives.
“The condition is not health and if there is any outbreak of any disease it will spread throughout the side,” Ariane Quentier, the Mission’s spokesperson, told Eye Radio.
The capital of Upper Nile State, Malakal, which currently hosts about 21, 000 IDPs has witnessed constant disappearances of IDPS and UN employees, mostly from Nuer ethnic groups, within the last 17 months.
While some Nuer-UN staffs are pulled out directly from the camps, others were kidnapped at the airport while boarding flights to other parts of the country. Tens others were indiscriminately killed in crossfire as Malakal exchanges hands several times.
Similar killing were reported last year in Mapel of Warrap state, the home town of President Salva Kiir.
Hundreds others were slain in Jonglei state capital, Bor, in which two UN peacekeepers were killed along with many IDPs, mostly children and women, by government allied troops.
South Sudan’s political conflict broke out in December 2013 after the former Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar, and his colleagues failed to attend the second day of National Liberation Council meeting at Nyakuron Centre, Juba.
With more than 50 thousands killed, two millions others have been displaced to UN Camps in the country and other parts of the region.