Riek Machar’s men blamed for deadly South Sudan raid

by Aljazeera

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South Sudan rebel leader, Riek Machar

JUBA – Fighters loyal to an exiled former deputy president in South Sudan have attacked government forces in Unity state, leading to the deaths of 25 people including civilians, according to officials.

Unity is home to oil fields that have been abandoned due to fighting.

The clash between Riek Machar’s loyalists and government forces occurred early on Monday in Nhialdiu, a village close to the town of Bentiu which has changed hands repeatedly since civil war began nearly four years ago.

“The number of the bodies that were found on the ground were 25,” said Lam Tungwar, information minister for Northern Liech state, adding that the attack was “repulsed”.

Those killed during fighting included women, elderly people and local police officers, Lam Tungwar, state minister of information for Northern Liech, told Reuters news agency.

Lam Paul Gabriel, a spokesperson for the SPLA-IO fighters, confirmed the clash, claiming “a successful operation” in which “the gallant SPLA-IO forces took control of Nhialdiu”, killed 19 government soldiers and seized dozens of weapons.

Tungwar said most of the dead were civilians.

Dickson Gatluak Jock, military spokesman for South Sudanese Vice President Taban Deng Gai, said the attack coincided with dialogue in NhialDiu between rival clans aimed at securing peace in the region. After gaining independence from Sudan in 2011, South Sudan descended into war in December 2013, pitting President Salva Kiir’s troops against fighters loyal to Machar.

A peace accord was signed in August 2015 and Machar returned to the capital in April last year to share power with Kiir.

However, the deal fell apart less than three months later and Machar and his supporters fled the capital, Juba.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and more than 3.5 million have been displaced since the conflict began.

The war has created what has been called one of the world’s fastest-growing refugee crises and both sides of the conflict have been accused of abuses.

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  1. Subject: “Riek Machar’s men blamed for deadly South Sudan raid” by Aljazeera, Sep 21, 201

    Commentary, 22 Sept 2017
    Riek Machar, (with Ph D Degree) is, once more, going to the jungles, perhaps for another 30-year “Liberation” war. This time against ‘thyself’. It is a OUR STORY — a story of our own ‘cursed’ AFRICA. I used the word “curse” because as an African I CANNOT UNDERSTAND MYSELF.

    A long time ago, I lost my history, my language, my culture, my philosophy, my humanity …. It has to be a mysterious phenomenon. I have reached the bottom stage of mere existence where I have no clue what is wrong and what is right for myself. I don’t know who I am; I don’t know what I want! Indeed the phenomenon of CURSE applies to me — for whatever it may be!!!

    AS an AFRICAN. I am doomed for ever. And my beautiful AFRICA will be possessed by smart-alecks beyond the Seas and Oceans who are HUNGRY for their ever growing population and for plentiful of precious minerals of all sorts. As an African, I am a slave, a beggar, unwelcome detestable refugee in my own land!!! It is all ‘hurvey-turvey’.

    Having confessed the above, I might as well confessed the whole story about myself. For some reason that I cannot explain I am also the Greatest Pretender [with GP Degree] appearing to be someone else or highly educated when in reality I cannot even plan for tomorrow. I am like a ball of grass in the Sahara Desert, blown onto different directions without a clue. I am like an empty grass-shell blown in every direction. And yet I keep on pretending with 13 X 15 inch Paper of GP Degree. I am good at it. The Almighty Lord is gracious enough to grant me that trait. AMEN

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