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South Sudanese bishop accuses army of rape, arbitrary arrests


February 14, 2017 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese Anglican Bishop has accused government soldiers of allegedly raping women and young girls as well as detaining men in a village along Juba-Nimule highway, which has lately experienced series of attacks on travelers.

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South Sudanese SPLA soldiers are pictured in Pageri in Eastern Equatoria state on August 20, 2015 (Photo AFP/Samir Bol)

Bishop Paul Yugusuk of Lomega Diocese in Eastern Equatoria said soldiers carried out massive sexual assaults on women in Kubi village, about 50 km on Juba-Nimule road.

“We don’t know the exact number of women who were raped but we have five [women and girls] here in Juba Teaching Hospital. Most of them are underage girls and women,” Yugusuk told reporters after visiting the victims in Juba on Monday.

According to the cleric, testimonies given by the victims pinned government soldiers stationed in Nesitu, a military outpost south of Juba that provides protection for vehicles traveling from Juba to Nimule, a South Sudanese town bordering Uganda.

“46 young men have been arrested and tortured. 42 [of the men] have been released but four are still missing. We don’t know their whereabouts,” he said.

Bishop Yugusuk said the village was also looted and the entire population had fled.

“There are only fifteen elderly people left there right now,” he added.

The South Sudanese military (SPLA) spokesman Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang, however, declined to comment on allegations blamed on pro-government soldiers.

“We just heard the allegation and we are still trying to get the truth from field commanders,” Koang told Sudan Tribune by phone on Tuesday.

There have been attacks on passenger vehicles on the Juba-Nimule highway in recent weeks, which have been blamed on the armed opposition faction loyal to South Sudan’s former first vice president Riek Machar.

The SPLA have started escorting all vehicles on the 192km road leading to Uganda.


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  • 15 February 07:27, by hamil

    “We just heard the allegation and we are still trying to get the truth from field commanders”.

    What truth does this thick head want? This is what these poor, hungry and barbaric Mathiang Anyoor where trained to do. When they were looting, rapping, and killing civilians in Yei and other parts of South Sudan the government was tight lipped but when their own are attacked on road ambushes they yell

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    • 15 February 07:39, by Midit Mitot

      When Mathinag Anyoor were targeting Nuer civilians in Juba 2013 Dec, many of you people were laughing Nuer, how is it now? what come around goes around.

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    • 15 February 07:39, by Midit Mitot

      When Mathinag Anyoor were targeting Nuer civilians in Juba 2013 Dec, many of you people were laughing Nuer, how is it now? what come around goes around.

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      • 15 February 08:19, by Malakal county Simon

        Midiit Mitot

        Your comment is not helpful and no need for finger pointing at this critical time when we need Equatorians, Shilluks, Balandas, and other marginalised small tribes in order to defeat this tribal government...... Our collective effort is what we need now and nothing else thank you!!!!

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        • 15 February 08:23, by Malakal county Simon


          The slaves/Dinkas can enjoys killings their country citizens due to greedy of power but they will pay the price soon until the end of the world!!!!

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        • 15 February 13:31, by Midit Mitot

          Malakal County,
          Yes my commend does not help by this time, but those guys where even gone up-to pointing their fingers out that, one person is there when Maithang Anyoor caring the genocide in Juba Dec, 2013.Good enough they have have seen the lesson learn from Mathaing Anyoor.

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      • 15 February 15:39, by hamil

        Mid whatever you call yourself

        Are you retarded or just an idiot? Did you for once see me commenting to celebrate the death of Nuer civilians in Juba? I was one of those who was deeply saddened and totally broken down seeing the innocent slaughter of the Nuer community. I am actually wondering whether you understood my comment or simply rushed in to poke trash at me.

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    • 15 February 11:32, by majur Akuemdit

      You moron, your dirty preaching for hatred had been accepted and you makers on the website will ripe most. Finger-pointing on Dinka is not a deterring strategy but only the peaceful mean. Those who ambush Dinka shall remain on run while Dinka will remain on which one is better?

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      • 15 February 16:02, by jubaone

        Majur Akuemdit,
        Peace can only come, when we all arm ourselves so that jienges dont bully, steal, kill and rape women. I have said, it is a matter of life and death and we MUST revenge and the jienges will sooner or later pay this heavy price. Even the great Egyptian pharoahs, Sadam Hussein, Gadafi died out and Kiir and his jienges must know they will just not terrorize the rest 4ever.

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  • 15 February 07:42, by Eastern

    When the relatives of those raped strike back at unarmed Dinka, morons on this forum will cry wolf. We shall continue to go in circles meting atrocities on one another ad infinitum....

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  • 15 February 08:24, by Angelo Achuil

    The presidency had plunged this country into violence and obscenity we would never have expected before 2011. This is so wrong and the soldiers who did this and their leaders will not go unpunished. The Church had not been vocal enough in tone proportional to atrocities being committed by gov’t & IO. I am grateful for Bishop Paul for speaking up. Sin is sin regardless of who did it!!!

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  • 15 February 10:28, by Kush Natives

    Well, for those who are now criticizing the rappers, were the ones who were just supporting the violent among the tribes, that Dinka should be eliminated from South Sudan, so that other 63 tribes can live free of Dinka. Where’s your manhood now? Those of Hamil,Midit,Eastern and alike, are you reinforcing that village soon?

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    • 15 February 10:38, by Eastern

      Kush a Natives,

      I am on; actively countering the dinkas in my village, they, on the ground, know that!......1 against 63 cannot win, you know that!!!

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      • 15 February 11:24, by Kush Natives

        I don’t think so that you’re on the ground! If you were on the ground as you nicely put it, then why the bishop still some uncontrolled cases of rapes? Your vaginity lie on the media let to innocent civilians suffering. You MUST shut up and down resorting to the conflict on media, so that the peace prevailed please!

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        • 15 February 15:08, by Eastern

          Kush Natives,

          I won’t force you to believe me that I am in Juba; it’s not my business. I am writing about what I bear witness to hear in Juba South Sudan. If you don’t believe in what I write you gave other zillion things to deal with. Moron!!

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      • 15 February 11:30, by Kuch

        Mr. Eastern,
        You are not a South Sudan pal, you are one of those so-called arabs of North Sudan we blasted out of our country and just want to be South Sudanese. There are no damn 64 tribes in our country creep. The so-called *64 tribes* was coined by some criminals who wanted divide and conquer the South Sudanese people>>>

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        • 15 February 11:37, by Kuch

          because tribal and tribes are very important in Africa and many other countries. Give a link of list of these so-called "64 tribes" in our country and l will give you creep a link of the list of less than 30 tribes in our country. Mr. Eastern, some of you so-called cloned arabs of North Sudan who keep trolling your SUDAN TRIBUNE and RADIO TAMAZUJ tabloids are wasting your times>>>

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          • 15 February 11:40, by Kuch

            and the South Sudanese people times. The government of South Sudan is back hunting you creeps very badly, and you will be lucky to tell the tales if you are lucky not to be killed.

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            • 15 February 12:46, by Lokoli

              Kush Natives and Kuch. How so low are you to praised rapist and Killers. Shame on you. Now you want to see another innocent Dinka’s get kill. You are worse than those who kill because they are brainwashed and have no hope for future and you who pretend to be knowing talking senselessly. Stop comparing yourself with Equatoria, as you brings fight to the Equatoria, it is the end of the beginning.

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            • 16 February 06:43, by jubaone

              Kuch or Kus,
              I suggest you join your jienge brothere the MAs instead of bla..bla. Just read www.nyamile.com and you realize that you are trapped like a bush-rat with no escape rout out of Juba, if at all you still squatter around loooking for food and security. Otherwise spend the rest of your miserable jienge life wherever you are in the diaspora waiting for UN handouts, ya jienge kaslan

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          • 15 February 13:03, by Angelo Achuil

            Kush, here’s the "64 tribes" link I got from Gurtong - http://gurtong.net/Peoples/PeoplesProfiles/tabid/71/Default.aspx. I would advise you that many people do not know they will be held accountable for the falsehood they pump out on others under shaddy names. Don’t follow the likes of Mitot, Ayuiu, Akuma, Jubaone or Real Dinka. You don’t need use a lot of insults to be taken seriously.

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        • 15 February 15:05, by Eastern


          I have never begged anybody to recognise me as South Sudanese. Your tribal stupidity is driving you crazy. The favouritism given to Dinka (though in the sense it not every single Dinka gets its benefit) since the formation of SPLA/M government way back in 2005 was a very bad start. SPLM leaders were cautioned not to thread that route but all pleas fell on deaf ears....

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  • 15 February 13:16, by Angelo Achuil

    Correction: My apology.
    I meant "Kuch" and as for "Mitot, Ayuiu, Akuma, Jubaone, and Real, I didn’t means "falsehood" but "hot-temper." Although are right to be angry, I disagree with the way they express their argument - we can’t cool using more heat and flames.

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    • 15 February 13:30, by Kuch

      Mr. Angelo Acuil,

      Thank you for trying with that shitty link of yours about our so-called "64 tribes" in our country uncle. Count those tribes in your link make them 64 tribe even if you can include you own clan and bring another link uncle. And l will give you my best real link the number of South Sudanese people tribes uncle.

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  • 15 February 22:44, by Dreamer

    Hi Guys, I just want to why are you cpying TAMAZUJ Story or is the source of your news the same person, please stops reapeating your self. i have started questining your credbility, many thank

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