The Government of South Sudan Scorched Earth Policy in Guit and Koch Counties of Unity State!
May 12, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — The SPLM Mission to USA condemns in the strongest terms possible the current unprovoked offensives launched by the government of South Sudan and its allied militia against the positions of the SPLM/A Resistance Movement forces in Unity State.
These particular attacks occurred in Koch and Guit counties(Unity state) in the past couple of days.
The government forces engaged in criminal activities such as raping of young girls, killing, and kidnapping of young boys from the age of ten possibly for forceful recruitment into the army.
The attacking government forces and their allied militia have also burned down entire villages in the countryside in both Guit and Koch counties and looted large numbers of livestock from the area after displacing its innocent unarmed inhabitants in a clear scorched earth policy campaign with an intent to drive the inhabitants far away from their ancestral lands.
These premeditated acts of aggression by the government forces and its allies on civilians villages in Unity state and elsewhere in South Sudan is a clear violation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement [CoH], signed on January 23rd 2014 between the warring parties in South Sudan, and it also constitute a violation of the international humanitarian law and laws governing the conduct of war.
With these unprovoked attacks on unarmed innocent civilians, it is clear that the government of South Sudan, led by the illegitimate President, Salva Kiir Mayardit, is unwilling to pursue a peaceful settlement to the crisis in the country, and instead it wishes to escalate the war with an intent to resolve disputes by forceful means.
The SPLM/A Resistance Movement is committed to a peaceful resolution to the war in the country. However, it reserves the right to fight back in self-defense if the government continues to attack its defensive positions, especially, attacks on innocent civilians and non-military targets as it is currently doing in Unity state.
Therefore, the SPLM Mission to USA calls on IGAD, AU and the UN as well as the Troika countries [US, UK and Norway] to exert pressure on the government of South Sudan to stop its militaristic advancements, which may consequently protract the conflict, and cause unnecessary destruction of property and loss of innocent lives in the country.
Hon. Reath Muoch Tang
SPLM Representative to USA