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March 13, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudanese rebels have denied reports that its troops kidnapped eight local workers of an international charity entity.

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Oxfam aid workers in Mingkaman, South Sudan, oversee the distribution of food to displaced people in August 2014. (Photo Pablo Tosco/Oxfam)

The eight Samaritan Purse workers were reportedly taken from a village near Mayendit, located about 680 km northeast of the South Sudan capital, Juba.

"We do not have any relation with this incident," a spokesperson for the rebels told Sudan Tribune Monday, adding "This is a mere rumour spread by the government".

The government military spokesperson, Lul Ruai Koang on Monday said the armed opposition forces kidnapped aid workers and demanded aid deliveries as "ransom".

"The rebels attacked and abducted eight local staff from Samaritan’s Purse and they are being held to ransom. They have demanded that the organisation takes aid to them," Brig. Lul Ruai Koang told Reuters.

The international charity entity has acknowledged the kidnapping its aid workers.

The incident comes barely a week after the rebels kidnapped two Indian engineers working for an oil company in the young nation.

The kidnapping of the eight aid workers is likely to hamper humanitarian efforts to assist civilians in a nation where years of a violent conflict have reportedly left over 100,000 people on the verge of facing starvation. At least 5 million people or more than 40% of the country’s population are in need of urgent food assistance, aid agencies say.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) has denied reports

Years of civil war, a refugee crisis and a collapsing economy have taken a toll on South Sudan since it gained independence in 2011. Tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced in the country’s worst ever violence since it seceded from North Sudan in 2011.

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  • 13 March 21:52, by Dak tak

    The propaganda of calling in regional forces to fight the IO won’t work this time around, there is no aid worker kidnapped or any demand for ransom. It has never been the habit of the SPLM _IO to ask for ransom even when a government figure like isaiah chol Aruai is captured and later released no ransom has ever been asked.

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    • 14 March 03:12, by john akeen

      National Army SPLA they never & never lie like you terrorist of Reik Machar. Yes you terrorist IO did kidnapped eight aid workers and also you did killed 10 civilians in that area. from now on you are not SPLM IO or SPLA IO and it’s not Reble, your name has been changed to negative terrorist forces of Reik. Your new name is (NTF)

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      • 14 March 09:03, by choldit

        How can u explain the kidnapping of people like James Gatdet Dak, Idris and Dong Luak from Kenya to South Sudan by the govt of South Sudan from? The bad thing about south Sudanese politicians is that they are happy to correct others but not themselves. Why foreigners have to be taken to war field. Is it not that they arehelping the govt fight IO? The have expired IDs year ago. No aid workers issue

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        • 14 March 09:55, by jengelon

          Choldit
          Very simple they are NTF & NTF is not South Sudanese so them

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        • 14 March 13:32, by DumoMakuachdit

          The abduction of James Gatdet Dak, Idris and Dong Luak will not stop South Sudan from these catastrophes it is facing. Therefore, South Sudan will be prosperous nation if Kiir should step aside. For this is why some of us are asking themselves whether those of Kiir and Malong Awan are really human beings? How can you see people travailing and you are just there enjoying seat for nothing while taki

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    • 14 March 04:40, by Atemjak

      Dak tak
      Ho! Really do you also when to lie like rebel spokesman or you are joking. Let me remind you about what sudantribune post which you has just comment incase maybe you didn’t see it and i quote "The international charity entity has reportedly acknowledged the kidnapping its workers" and if you are not convince you can read the post again.

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    • 14 March 08:45, by Midit Mitot

      Bullshit Lul Ruai, your propaganda will not help that crook regime.You are trying to spoiled IO image, but good enough the whole nation knows your usual lie.

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      • 14 March 09:13, by jubaone

        This is the work of jienge criminals who desperately need some cash to finance their families in Uganda, Egypt and Kenya. First they have raised the fees for business, aid-worker and work visa permits for foreigners. The IO instead earlier on released the stray Tanzanian pilot, 7 Kenyan workers held hostage (after Gatdet´s criminal abduction), and the Director of SSBS Isaiah. So?

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        • 14 March 14:33, by South South

          Jubaone,

          Let’s talk about this guy "Col. Nyariji Jermilili Roman."

          What he said about rebels in Equatoria is so nice. You are weak of the weakest and loser too. When will your forces match to Juba weak man?

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          • 14 March 15:28, by jubaone

            South South,
            Chronology: April 2016 Riak returns with about 1000 soldiers and light weapons. Kiir and Malong had a plan, to kill Riak. Equatorian intelligence in/out of IO knew this was going to be bloody.
            May 2016: Equatorians IO infiltrated into Juba, the jienges were unaware and scared. They start killing IO security agents.
            June 2016. Equatorians wanted Riak to urgently channel weapons to them

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            • 14 March 15:34, by jubaone

              ..which did not come.
              July 2016. Kiir and Malong were depressed and had to do something. They invite Riak to J1. Equatarian intelligence sources in IO warned Riak not to go to JI. Code Word:.....
              Fighting starts which spreads to Jebel. IO fights hard and kills several Mathiangs driving them to Gudele-Munuki.
              Fighting continues for 3 days, no logistical supplies. Riak must move out.

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              • 14 March 15:39, by jubaone

                ..Equatrians and Nuers battle the jienges succesfully. Kiir and Malong use heli-gunships and situation is critical with no supplies, no active medi-corps on day 7-8, IO must move out. Over 250 Mathiangs killed with less than 80 IOs. Riak and IO are out of Juba.

                South South, now talk of "Equatorian weakness" ya jienge. Be well prepared this time.

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                • 14 March 18:30, by South South

                  Jubaone,

                  You started lying and dancing around the facts again, what a loser!!!. All Equatoria generals were gunned down like a little rats you eat, but not only that, the rest of soldiers escaped to Uganda refugee camp. These are the facts we must talk about. Talking shit and nonsense is in your gene. Ugannda is with us and those cowards who ran to Uganda are refugees now, they are not to move.

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                  • 14 March 19:18, by jubaone

                    South South,
                    Swallow it or spit it. That’s your jienge Business. Our men are at work and have unfinished jienge hunting to so. Keep tuned 😜

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                    • 14 March 20:05, by South South

                      Jubaone,

                      Coward! You refused to comment under Col. Nyariji Jermilili Roman’s resignation because it is very shame to read what he said as a reason for his resignation from IO because he has no guns and he lost all his men. Wicked man listen to me. Peace is the only option for you to share and live in South Sudan, other than that you will find yourself either dead or move to Uganda refugee camp.

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                      • 14 March 20:28, by jubaone

                        South South,
                        Bla..bla..jienge goat. Do You have any whistle? No sir, no sir my Equatorian master, I have only one that looks like a whistle from Buluk policeman. Look I dont argue with "uncurcumcised luakjiengs" with pe...s like blow whistles or "abu sufara". I have work to so. I dont wat for stolen $ from jienge criminals in Juba.

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                      • 15 March 06:01, by jubaone

                        South South,
                        2014 when Riak was closing in toward Juba, your scared jienges asked for UPDF help, what happened? How long will you sit as Uganda´s "lapdogs"? Face it alone as men, not as tailless monkeys that often need to be fed, caressed and butts cleaned. Good that you have a one way ticket over Equatoria: luak direct or remain a "lost-boy" for life.

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                        • 15 March 10:20, by South South

                          Jubaone,

                          I am not sure what kind of education you have. This is war and in war you use elements of surprise to defeat your enemy, that’s what we did in 2014. We are very smart people and know how to teach fifth column the strategies of war.Not only Uganda with us, we have DRC, Kenya, Egypt, Israel, Russia, China, Ethiopia is now leaning toward us, Sudan moves and the all world.

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  • 14 March 04:25, by Kush Natives

    Now it shown that these thugs called rebels failed completely in the front line! So, they now looting and kidnapping whatever they got out there, as a ways of generating funds from Indian workers? What a weird tactic! The door-step of Anya- anya-2 back in 80s in Kuany-Lou base. We know for sure they "rebels" lost vision, lying every single minutes that we’re fighting for change!

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  • 14 March 06:27, by Dak tak

    The habit of lying is what the current JCE led government usually employed as to fool the world. Alas,their habit is known everywhere, their forces kill, rape and forcefully displace the civil population without remorse. The worse regime turns south Sudan a laughing stock and you the sycophants and war beneficiaries support it. South sudanese are returning to Sudan in large number now.

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  • 14 March 06:32, by Dak tak

    The current JCE led government never think on to end the war, but only think of how to die in power. If they have the people and country at heart they would work for peace and avoid the dramas they embarked on doing, no national dialogue when the war is flaring civilians are fleeing on daily basis. And you want to fool yourself of peace. You will regret in the long run.

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    • 14 March 07:27, by Sadam Kuikoy

      Hey, hey guys, this is classified information that Luk Bangoang Khan Labdhor murdered by Bentiu wickier,the government appointed the commissioner of Mayendit NOT kidnapped by spla-IO! as been circulated by Lul.

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  • 14 March 07:43, by Kat Cok

    Kidnapping the workers that is the end of rebellion of renegade Riak Machar, since they started rebellion they have no goal to achieved.

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  • 14 March 07:46, by Yang Man

    that is true mr spoke person, SPLA/M in opposition has never do any harm to it civil population, it a proportional army whose work is to protect civilian from any harm, the Dinka faction so call Government is the one looking for our aid workers and kidnap, in the name of SPLA IO, wait, you will get some new information about where those aid workers are, am also blaming the world on that issue

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  • 15 March 11:11, by Awei-ngok

    Please learnt to accept things that happen within your rebels’ ranks and files. Do you want your rebel Generals to finish in silence?

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