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South Sudan rebels find “haven” in DR Congo

GOMA – Hundreds of South Sudan rebels who fled Juba with the opposition leader Riek Machar in July 2016 are now camped in Goma, DR Congo under the UN care, it has now emerged.

The former fighters are fed and clothed by MONUSCO, the UN mission in the DRC, in their camp at Munigi with strict movement orders.

The commander of these fighters  named Keah was on Saturday quoted by Arab news, saying they are “confined” but the deputy chief of the UN mission in the DRC, David Gressly, said the South Sudanese had been asked to stay within limits in exchange for humanitarian assistance.

“We describe it as a voluntary liberty restriction,” he said.“They agree they are disarmed and demobilized,” added the UN official, who previously served in South Sudan.

These rebels walked thousands of kilometres while under fire from airstrikes by the government troops until they entered DR Congo and finally evacuated by the UN forces to Goma.

Deprived of freedom without being prisoners and living in a UN camp without refugee status, the rebels are now asking to be transferred to other countries where they might relatives  such as Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan .

South Sudan’s civil war, which began in December 2013, continued in 2016 with serious abuses against civilians by both government forces and opposition fighters despite a peace agreement signed in August 2015.

Government soldiers and the rebels have been accused of  killing, raping, and torturing civilians as well as destroying and pillaging civilian property during counterinsurgency operations in the southern and western parts of the country.

According to Human Rights Watch Report in 2017, at least 2.4 million people have been forced to flee their homes. Those left behind, including people with disabilities, have faced serious abuses.

Although the two sides formed a national unity government in April 2016, following the August 2015 peace agreement, they continued to fight in various locations. In July, clashes in the capital, Juba, caused Machar to flee the country.

President Kiir then appointed a former ally of Machar, Gen. Taban Deng Gai, as first vice president, prompting Machar’s group to call for a return to war.

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rezen Oct 29, 2017 at 11:57 pm

Subject: “South Sudan rebels find “haven” in DR Congo” by https://www.alleastafrica.com, Oct 29, 2017

Commentary, 29 Oct 2017
Let’s repeat: South Sudan rebels find “haven” in DR Congo!!! It is a miracle!!! Otherwise, Africa is Africa. And the UN ‘care taker’ will always provide a camp at neighboring State — this time it happened to be in DEMOCRATIC Republic Of Congo.

It is so convenient that word [like DEMOCRATIC] is freely used by any charlatan, criminals, murderers to use to their hearts content. And the UN keeps erecting tents and possibly crumbs of bread to go with it. Where does the billions and billions of dollars go? It is a cardinal rule NEVER TO ASK.

So, the South Sudan combatants, having fought for some forty years to liberate themselves from the rest of the Sudan, [still clinging to the name Sudan] are now finding themselves fighting the other TRIBE who fought together for a COMMON CAUSE.

The “common cause” was, of course, a charade. In Africa tribal identity is EVERYTHING, demanding the sacrifice of Life — as, and if, necessary. In TRUTH, there is no such thing as NATIONALISM in AFRICA. We may display artificial sensitivity and tantrum over such declaration. But FACTS on the ground will always be FACTS.

And so, we are forced to conclude: AFRICA HAS NO ENEMY BUT ITSELF. THE END
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p.s. Dear Readers: Observe what is happening to Kenya, and what is mushrooming in Ethiopia, or (for that matter) anywhere else in Africa. Will the supreme, modern, educated people of Africa, with their Doctor of Philosophy Degrees, come to rescue their beloved Africa? YES, YES, YES when it rains in the Sahara Desert !!!

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