May 15, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — South Sudan’s armed opposition, SPLM/SPLA, “condemns in the strongest possible terms” the ongoing massive destruction of lives and property, and the killing of innocent civilians in Greater Upper Nile by the government troops.
According to the Opposition’s Chairman for National Committee for Information and Public Relations, Captain Mabior Garang de Mabior, the government led offensives in Unity states have developed into massacres of innocent civilians in Mayom, Koch and Bentiu Counties.
“This offensive has now developed into a massacre in Unity State, namely Mayom and Bentiu; with the Salva Kiir Administration preparing to carry out the same offensive in Upper Nile State” said Captain Mabior Garang, the son of SPLM/SPLA founder.
“The Leadership and Members of the SPLM/SPLA condemn in the strongest possible terms the ongoing offensive by troops loyal to the Salva Kiir Administration in Juba.” Mabior continues.
Mabior reiterates that the killing of innocent civilians is not only a serious violation of human rights but also a violation of Cease Fire Agreement that was signed and renewed by the two parties.
“These troops are killing innocent civilians and preventing the civil population from seeking protection from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). This is not only a serious violation of human rights; but, also a continuation of the constant violations of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (signed in January 2014).” Mabior strongly stressed.
According to the United Nations’ human rights official, the government has attacked more than 28 villages and displaced thousands of Nuer civil population in Unity this month.
Local officials in Nhialdiu, Unity State, believe that more than 75 people, mostly children, women and elderly were killed by the government troops in Nhialdiu alone. Thousands heads of cattle were reportedly raided as the troops burned down the villages.
The Opposition fears that the level of atrocities committed by Salva Kiir administration shows that the regime is not willing to negotiate a peaceful settlement that will ensure accountability, justice, peace and reconciliation.
NGO Pulling out of War Zones
Due to the ongoing atrocities in Unity State, many humanitarians groups and other NGOs have pulled out of the state.
Mabior believes that the work of the NGOs has been made more difficult by a bill that was recently passed by the government in Juba.
“This situation is further complicated by the recent passing of the South Sudan NGO bill which gives the government the right to restrict movement of NGO’s.” He said
“The Salva Kiir Administration had warned MSF and ICRC in the previous days to pull out from Bentiu ahead of this premeditated massacre of civilians.” Mabior adds.
Mabior said the government falsely created impression that the bill will help the NGOs to smoothly conduct their activities in the country but as it turns out, the bill frustrates the work of NGOs in the country forcing others to leave.
“The Salva Kiir Administration’s claim that the NGO bill was intended to make NGO work easier is false, this action makes it abundantly clear that the bill was intended to hinder the work of the NGO’s.” Said Capt. Mabior Garang de Mabior.
“The NGO’s in these neglected areas of the Republic of South Sudan are the only services that the local population have at their disposal, and their absence will only make a catastrophic humanitarian situation worse.” He continued.
The SPLM/SPLA calls on the peace loving people of South Sudan, and the International Community “to do everything in their power to persuade the Salva Kiir Administration in Juba to stop killing and displacement” of their own citizens in their own country.
In other reports, the government troops have been intercepted by the opposition and the White Army at the buffer zones at Pajut after attempting to attack the Opposition’s strongholds in Akobo, Uror and other parts of Lou-Nuer territories in Jonglei state.
According to our correspondents in Malakal, Upper Nile State, tension as reached its climax as the two rival forces are monitoring one another at a very close range. “Fighting may erupt any second from now”, the correspondent assures.
In reports that are yet to be verified, Maj. Gen. Johnson Olony, who recently fought government troops in Malakal is now in direct communication with Brig. Gen. Simon Diang Duoth who commands the SPLA-IO Unit at the edge of Malakal town.