Revised at 1613 hr, May 14, 2015(PST)
May 14, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — South Sudanese IDPs community leadership inside the UNMISS Protection of Civilian Sites in Juba has disputed the asserted reports about the slight disturbance that exploded amongst the Nuer IDPs in Juba PoCs. We are much disappointed and, with this press, we strongly condemn elements from within the government who stood behind the disturbance, which led to prolonging of the unrest amongst the IDPs community of PoC1, and PoC3, in Juba.
This press Statement, issued by the IDPs community Leadership in Juba, is a response to President Salva Kiir’s Spokesman-Ateny Wek Ateny’s press statement, which he published on his own the on-the-warpath Newspapers, “The Juba Telegraph’’ on Tuesday, May, 12, 2015, Vol.1 Issue 197. Mr. Ateny diverted the fact when he mentioned about a government’s call to investigate the IDPs clashes, and denied the efforts played by the UNMISS Protection force to ease the tension amongst the two warring communities.
The Presidency, through its mouthpiece, attempted to point fingers at UNMISS Protection force and labelled the UNMISS force as a “helplessness” to contains disturbance amongst the IDPs, when their weak forces can’t even defend Juba airport without Uganda and other regional forces. This claim was a wrong extortion by the very elements from within his government that instigated the problem amongst the IDPs.
Ateny Wek, the Spokesperson for Salva Kiir accuses UNMISS’ security forces and the camp management, which gives protection and others lives serving to about 80,000 displaced Persons in Juba since conflict erupted in 2013. He (Ateny) added that, UNMISS protection force at the mains exits declined to permit the families of those pushed away from the camp as a result of the disturbance, to leave the PoCs as government was calling for them to come out of UNMISS.
Ateny desperately attempted to exaggerate what was known as small disturbance to a scale that would have shed more blood among the IDPs, claiming that the Bul-Nuer men were pushed out and their families were also subjected to bad treatment by others Nuer inside the camp. That was a baseless and a hopeless statement. There were no incidents of families attacking one another during the disturbances.
As to our best knowledge, none of the families here is prepared to leave the camp for any reason or was prevented to do so by UNMISS forces at the gates. This is because, none of the Nuer IDP currently sheltering in UNMISS is willing to return back home outside Juba. Their homes are already occupied by the Dinka Bhar el Ghazal, where could they have gone to?. Also, nothing has changed in Juba that could convince the IDPs to motivate them to return back to claim their occupied or destroyed homes because violence and death is still a daily routine in Juba.
Besides, the Nuer-wew government supporters who are taking risk of being targeted within the Salva Kiir government controlled premises are free to leave the camps whenever they are ready to test their fates. It is up to individuals or a families who want to consort with Kiir’s outside PoCs. There is nothing called displacement within the displacement sites amongst the Nuer community.
Nevertheless, IDPs community leadership found that, there are no bases for all the calls for investigation by Salva Kiir government because (1) the IDPs community under a different entity, the UNMISS, which has been their sole provider and protector; now Ateny wake and his government accuses UNMISS of helplessness, what have they done to the IDPs for more than 17 months?. We were here in UNMISS PoCs because of protection from UNMISS since the so-called government cleansed Nuer ethnic community in Juba. It is not today that, some individual from within our enemy’ circle can just pope up from no where and calls itself a government.
Ateny wake’s shameless statement undermines the good will done to the Nuer community by the International Community through UNMISS since Juba massacres. When more than 60 countries sit in Olso or Geneva to donate money to feed and protect our people, Salva Kiir government spend billions of dollars of our oil money to kill us. Our community will never put a blind eye to this disparity. No one’s problem can be investigated by his enemy in this world for a good cause, so Ateny wake and Salva Kiir should instead investigate the grave human rights violations that affect millions of people in the country or their grave corruption that has sunk this country. The government has more than enough to investigate, not the community disturbance that has mistakenly claimed 1 live. Furthermore, our community, as a good example, has solved this problem within two days and our people are back together.
In the future, the so called government must know that all our matters are to be addressed by UNMISS and not any related government entity. The reason we lived in these camps for more than 17 months is not because the easily flooded camps are better than our previous homes here in Juba but because we have lost trust in Salva Kiir’s tribal government. Salva Kiir pleaded with us on this during his BBC HardTalks here in Juba that “we are even lucky” to be here in the camps. So by now Ateny Wake and Salva Kiir should know that they have no aspirants (supporters) within amongst the Nuer IDPs community in Juba.
No one can support Salva Kiir’s luxuries government and yet at the same time would want to stay in these UNMISS Camps. This is because any one who would want to be with the genocidal government of Salva Kiir has all the chances to joint hands with the killers to fulfill their dream of killing innocent Nuer in the villages and be crowded as kings of this country. All have left the camp and are now outside with them. There are no politically motivated differences that could trigger tension within amongst the IDPs community. All that has been pierced to be the cause of the clashes are not true. It is not correct when Ateny puts it between his “government supporters” inside the UNMISS camp and those opposing the government. If Salva Kiir wants to have refugees supporters, he should look outside the UNMISS camps, you can’t be a president yet want to be proud that you are “IDPs supporters”.
Meanwhile, Salva Kiir’s Political Advisor Hon. Tut Keaw Gatluak during the same media briefing has given wrong version of the dispute that lead to the incident. Tut claims of Bul-Nuer of Mayom County being targeted by others Nuer communities because of what he (Tut Keaw) called “their support to Salva Kiir’s Government’’. That was not true. None of from others Nuer communities or subtribes was involved on the side of Jagey-Nuer against Bul-Nuer during the disturbance. Instead, others communities were doing their job to separate them because that was purely family issue to be solved amicably.
Trying to spiral the distance into a conflict, the same Hon. Tut Keaw Gatluak scaled-up the death toll from one person, who unfortunately lost his life in the disturbance, to “five people”. That is far-off from truth that has been witnessed by thousands of IDPs. IDPs community leadership is giving the true figures to the public as follows.
- The injuries, both minors and bid heavier were only 45 and not 200 as Tut and Ateny claimed.
- There was no displacement of any family during the disturbance despite such unfounded figures that Kiir’s loyal advisor claimed of 6000 inside the camp.
- The IDPs Community leadership is sincere to educates public that there were no such a big number of Bul-Nuer community of Mayom County sheltering inside the UNMISS Protection of Civilians Sites in Juba.
- All in all, the reports by Salva Kiir’s loyal advisor reflects only their political interests and ill-wishes for the Nuer community inside the UNMISS camp to tear it apart. The tribal government feels shames and humiliations that thousands of people are seeking private protection within the capital city, which never happen anywhere in the world except in Salva Kiir’s South Sudan. So they will do anything to rift us apart to abandon the camps unconditionally.
Also, about 400 households of some Bul-Nuer elements, who previously worked outside while keeping their children in UNMISS for protection and safety, have tried to influence to move all the Bul-Nuer community out of UNMISS and be used up in fight in Unity State by troubled Monytuil government. Those families are kept in Mangateen camps with no support while they are facing so many problems compared to when they lived here in UNMISS with their fellows.
The Root Cause of the Disturbance
The issue that led to the disturbance inside the camp was a minor misunderstanding between some groups of young men. One young boy from Bul-Nuer community of Mayom was caught with a girl from Jagey-Nuer of Koch County. This was an expected incident to happen, especially as a result of social engagement in every community amongst the boys and girls. Without despair of Salva Kiir officials from outside the camp, this would have been peacefully settled as it has been in many other cases. What intricates the matter from being easily resolved was the same groups of Salva Kiir’s government officials who abandoned their national duties and tries to uses minor incidents for their political gains.
Originally, the case was minor and even the community leadership with some help from UNMISS camp Management were seriously working to quell the disturbances. UNMISS Police and the community Watch Groups separated the warring groups and put the situation under control inside the camp. The Community leadership was carrying on reconciliation process to return lives back to normal. Unfortunately, the very groups of Salva Kiir’s government officials, amongst them, (1) Hon. Tut Keaw Gatluak, Kiir’s Political Advisor (2) Joseph Nguen Monytuil, Salva Kiir’s Caretaker Governor for Unity State (3) Dr. Riek Gai Khok, Kiir’s Minister of Health ( 4) Hon. Rachel Nyadak Paul, Kiir’s Deputy Minister of Information and many others Kiir’s officials were the ones who fueled the clashes. When the incident erupted on the 7th May, 2015, it was contained on the same day by the UNMISS Police. The next morning, on the 8th, a big numbers of a mixed ages arrived from outside the camp and surrounded the main gate of PoC1 adjacent to UN-House. First, no one knew where they came from and their main reason to mobilize in such a big number.
Then they said to be reinforcing Bul-Nuer of Mayom against Jagey –Nuer of Koch. When they were prevented by UN Police to enter the PoC, they resorted to looting motors bikes about 37 types of Sanke, Suzuki, Bajaj, and so on. They started attacking any Nuer man and woman who walked out of the PoCs. An attack by the uninformed members of some Nuer community was what resulted in the unfortunate death of one person and other serious injuries. It’s very apparent that Kiir’s wew officials were the ones who mobilized those Nuer soldiers within Kiir’s genocidal forces, purported them in civilian dresses, and transported them using government military vehicles from all Juba’s suburbs to the UNMISS camp with intention to resume disturbances inside the camp.
Last but not the least, the entire Nuer community and the International Community must know that this incident has been resolved, however, our people must learned not to be used for political and tribal revenge. What we witnessed here was a simple Nuer-Nuer community disturbance but the government officials intended a repeat of April 2014 Bor massacres, in which armed civilians and disguised soldiers were used by Bor government officials to penetrate the camps to kill IDPs, mostly Nuer civilians. Our people must forge unity during this tough times and remain vigilance, not to be used by the enemy to achieve their elimination policy on our populations. We thanks everyone who played a role in uniting our people and getting those who abandoned the camp back to their residence within the Protection centers. Here we feel safe, and we thanks the UNMISS and the International Community for all their efforts to provide and protect us.
Hoth Gor Luak
Camp Chairman, UN-House, Jebel Kujur, PoC1,
Juba, Republic of South Sudan.