UN Should Reconsider Relocating South Sudan IDPs To Neighboring Countries’ Solids But Not SPLM/A-IO Controlled Areas
By Gatwal Augustines
Analysis:May 12, 2015 (Nyamilepedia) — Each time a town falls to SPLM/A In Opposition under the leadership of Dr. Riak Machar, the Internally Displaced Persons, the IDPs in Government controlled areas feared death. Each time SPLA-Juba has been militarily humiliated at the battlefields, the wrath of the menace of the regime is always dearly faced by the helpless Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs who comprise largely women, children, elderly and the few entrapped young men, basically from Nuer ethnic group and perhaps a few quarters from the rest of 63 South Sudanese ethnic groups.
There are fresh and sufficient materials at hand which serve a concrete evidence to support these claims and these are also known to almost everyone who has keenly and honestly been following South Sudan deteriorating human situation since December 15, 2013 after the alleged Coup d’état.
To refresh memories about these inhumane atrocities committed by the Government of South Sudan against the innocent Internally Displaced Persons who are under United Nations Mission In South Sudan, UNMISS protected camps, without much ado let me cite only one vivid example, the 2013 Bor, Jonglei State incident.
In this particular tragedy alone, countless innocent IDPs lives were lost following a systematically engineered callous killing by the Government of South Sudan agents, the infamous Dinka Bor armed youth together with a few elements from the SPLA-Juba which is one of the many victimized criminal groups groomed by the very regime.
In a press statement published by a number of media outlets, the current minister for Information and Publicity, Michael Makuei Lueth was quoted reacting to Bor UNMISS Camp attack, calling the victims of situation “rebels” solely because they allegedly celebrated with applauses and jubilated at the fall of Bentiu, the State Capital of Unity.
Similar situations also happened and still happening in Juba based UNMISS protected IDPs Camps. Whenever, peace negotiations fail and army campaigns ensued IDPs get confined entirely inside the concentrated camps.
They can hardly dire catch fresh airs by the gates or they risk merciless shootings from the Government killing Machines, the National Security agents.
The IDPs cannot go buy basic needs from nearby retail shops outside the Camps. The only way to play safe is to be in total confinement inside the Camps until Colonel. Philip Aguer and South Sudan Television, the State owned Cooperation have confirmed that rebels are being repulsed.
In contested territories, SPLA-Juba, the regime army wing after repulsing the SPLA [IO] never one time spare burning Civilian huts to ashes. Aged women, teenager girls and young ladies are being subjected to sexual assaults and violence.
These horrific and evil practices were largely observed and reported by the victims when chunks of Nuer and Collo ethnics populated territories in Jonglei State, Upper Nile State and Unity State fall to Government troops under the direct command of Paul Malong, the SPLA-Juba Chief of General staffs.
Previously huts in Collo Kingdom were burned to ash. Most civilians’ residential huts were burned to ashes in almost all parts of Unity state. Phom el Zeraf, Fangak County administrative headquarters was burned to ash. Other parts like Ayod County and more towns in Jonglei states were burned down to ash as well!
And UNMISS protected camps are also a target by the SPLA-Juba faction with the best knowledge that the IDPs are largely from Nuer ethnic group.
Comprehending these facts, SPLM/A In Opposition controlled areas are never absolutely safer havens for the embattled IDPs. The UN will then be baiting the IDPs by implementing this layout plans because the areas where these IDPs will be settled shall without doubt be majorly targeted by the SPLA-Juba.
In other words these areas will be a blow and weakness to SPLM/A-In Opposition. And Juba will never hesitate to hit below the belt as it usually does at the watch of International community. Second to this, currently all SPLM/A-In Opposition controlled areas are war prone, so IDPs will not be any safer.
Given Bor and Akobo UNMISS unpleasant experiences in early 2013 where the Keeping forces miserably failed to protect the IDPs, the safety of the IDPs cannot be hundred per cent be guaranteed any more.
So, I think the relocation of IDPs away from Government controlled areas is super wise and worthy undertaking. As a concerned South Sudanese I have embraced and welcome it in entirety. And it should be made now! But the idea of relocating them to SPLM/A In Opposition areas is not advisable for the many reasons aforementioned in this article.
The UN should reconsider relocating them to neighboring countries’ solids, for instance, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Uganda. By reconsidering this proposal, the IDPs will no longer fall victims of physical assaults and atrocities from either party.
UN will also be extricating itself from all the blames from either warring party as its neutrality to the government is already at stake.
The views expressed in this article are absolutely the author’s and not from the Nyamilepedia Press.