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South Sudan president downplays refugee crisis, blames social media

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President Salva Kiir attends a session during the 25th Extraordinary Summit of the (IGAD) on South Sudan in Addis Ababa March 13, 2014 (Reuters Photo)

August 27, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan President Salva Kiir has said the millions of civilians fleeing the war-torn nation were being driven by social media propaganda manned by those conspiring against his government.

“The people who ran to Uganda were chased away by social media. There was no fighting in that area. They were told to leave because they know a UN [United Nations] official came in to assess the humanitarian situation to decide if there was need for assistance,” Kiir told Deutsche Welle on Thursday.

“Instead, he [UN official] went and reported that there was a looming genocide in South Sudan, which has not happened up to now. People were called from their houses and told to run away, that if you don’t go after one hour you would be a dead person,” he added.

South Sudan descended into violence in December 2013 following disputes within the country’s ruling party. Since then, tens of thousands of people have been killed and over 2 million displaced.

The South Sudanese leader, however, said the national dialogue he initiated in December last year will create for those with grievances not addressed in the 2015 peace deal signed by the warring parties.

“In the end, when the resolutions are passed by members of the National Dialogue team, these things could be taken into consideration in the next formations of the government,” said Kiir.

He said the national dialogue, launched in May, embraces all citizens, including his former deputy-turned rebel leader Riek Machar, who currently lives in solitary confinement in South Africa.

“We didn’t really exclude anyone. But for Riek, he knows why. It is not him who is not interested in joining but the whole region does not want him to [join],” said Kiir.

He added, “His [Machar] presence here would create instability in the whole region, not just in South Sudan,”

Kiir downplayed threats posed by the rebel leader, saying regional nations resolved not to allow Machar operate within their territories.

“He [Machar] is not a threat to the government. He is only making confusion calling his supporters on the phone. He knows where they are hiding and these are the people who are still making problems, continuing to fight and do not want to make peace,” he stressed.

OVER I MILLION REFUGEES IN UGANDA

Last week, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said the numbers of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda exceeded one million and called for urgent support.

Majority of the refugees, the agency said, were women and children.

“Over the past 12 months, averages of 1,800 South Sudanese have been arriving in Uganda every day,” UNHCR said in a statement.

“In addition to the million there, a million or even more South Sudanese refugees are being hosted by Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic,” it added.

According to the UN agency, however, over 85% of the refugees who have arrived in Uganda are women and children below 18 years.

“Recent arrivals continue to speak of barbaric violence, with armed groups reportedly burning down houses with civilians inside, people being killed in front of family members, sexual assaults of women and girls, and kidnapping of boys for forced conscription,” said UNHCR.

As of refugees arrive, it said, aid delivery is increasingly falling short.

The UN agency said although $674 million is needed for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda this year, so far only a fifth of this amount, or 21%, has so far been received. But although a total of $883.5 million is needed for the South Sudan situation, only $250 million has reportedly been received.

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  • 28 August 01:51, by Kush Natives

    Those refugees are mostly Equatorian who were blindfolded by stupidity of Riek Machar & Thomas Cirilo, that the country will fall under them. Why don’t they come back since there’s no genocide happened? U.N. staffs are always doing their dirty business so that they keeps their paychecks follow. The U.N. who falsely reported the genocide propaganda are the one now running their dirty mouth in Ugand

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    • 28 August 02:20, by Kush Natives

      The outsiders and some people within like those of Jubaone, Eastern, Midit and so forth are responsible for all these chaos that overturned the country. James Gadet was the first bloodstream journalist following his deportation in the country. There are still many fellows out there who are cursing the country to shrink under earth for the sake divisions and hatred among the South Sudanese people.

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      • 28 August 07:09, by Lenin Bull

        Kush Natives, especial thanks and appreciation for saying the truth. Our people are fooled by UN and the various hyenas in it for their own survival and that is to deceive fat lazy donors to give them DOLLARS in fact millions of DOLLARS in the name of South Sudanese refugees and when they receive this money none will never reach these unfortunate naive folks!!

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        • 28 August 07:16, by Lenin Bull

          If SPLA-IO was not composed of simpletons by now they would have known UN and the humanitarian world better by what they are doing with IDPs in the POC across South Sudan and refugee camps in neighboring countries comparing the million of dollars they demand in our names and correlate it with the quality of services given our people in POCs and camps. Home is the best from east, west, north or sou

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    • 28 August 02:39, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Kuch,

      please do not misinform the world. The people of the world are not fools like you are. No human being can leave his life of comfort to go and become a destitute. The unarmed people of Equatoria were brutally massacred that prompted them to flee their homes. Even mad people were not spared. Does Kiir care for his number one enemies Equatorians who stand for freedom and justice?

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      • 28 August 10:58, by jubaone

        Jur,
        You can talk to a taliban and he may understand you, but a jienge has brain made of mud. He is more dumm than a taliban. The kiirminal is an ISIS man; he has beard, a black hat, obstinate like a donkey. The ISIS men beard, turban and like baboons. The nyors are like ISIS jihadists, just a bunch of terrorists. The USA should watch out against these savages

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    • 28 August 03:28, by Eyez

      Kus Naive
      What kind of drugs are you on? Because, with illiterate Kiir, we know that he is an alcoholic, that’s why his Jienge cow brains is rotten, you animals should stick with milk and urine.

      You MTNs have to stop using drugs and alcohol, as it’s driving you Jienge mad.

      Equatorians are regrouping, those in the camps are women and children, ask yourselves where are the boys and men!

      X1

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    • 28 August 05:36, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      >> When you are hungry, you can go to find feeding place.
      >> When you are under insecurity, you can go to find security place. What my president said is not genuine.
      Question is: what is the cause of the propaganda in the media?

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    • 28 August 06:07, by jubaone

      Bush Natives,
      Now my luak Jienge, explain to us how your emaciated and lazy jienges fled in numbers to their jellaba masters. What happened? Who them to flee? Or just running for food? Are you not one of those lost boys now fearing to return to your luak even when you have no wars in your areas? Remain a Jienge will your twisted and stupid logic.

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      • 28 August 08:08, by South South

        jubaone,

        Who is close to Fake Arabic in South Sudan? People who lost their language and speak broken Arabic or people who keep their language? Who is coward? Someone lives in South Sudan, in Juba or someone who ran away from South Sudan to USA? President is 100% right.

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        • 28 August 10:46, by jubaone

          South South,
          You jienge scoundrel, the very people who apparently have lost their language are the ones you naked jienges are running to. Juba today is full of idling jienges why? Did we call you, why cant you return to your luaks? Cos you are useless and worthless. We in Juba have civilized and made you human, ya aryan jienge. Tell your kiirminal ISIS idiot to get to Gogrial.

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        • 28 August 10:52, by jubaone

          South South,
          You ran away and now idling lazily in Uganda or Kenya just waiting at SS Embassy for a few stolen dollars to survive. Lazy coward, get back to your luak and cultivate or look at the skies for WFP food airdrops. Afterall, jiengeland has no war, so why run away? Go cultivate or beg like the rest of your "art" in Juba. ya jienge kaslan wa bolit.

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    • 28 August 06:20, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Much Native,

      My question to is that who are fleeing to Kordofan and Darfur are people from Equatoria? People from Aweil and Gogrial are your people and so you should let the truth get out of your hopeless head ya Nyor inta!

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    • 28 August 06:23, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Kush Native,

      My question to is that who are fleeing to Kordofan and Darfur are people from Equatoria? People from Aweil and Gogrial are your people and so you should let the truth get out of your hopeless head ya Nyor inta!

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      • 28 August 08:58, by Kush Natives

        jur_likang_a_ likan’g,
        I am not covering those areas period. Instead, you should tell me about who’re feeling to Kordufan. Did you get it?
        Thanks,

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    • 28 August 19:29, by garrak1520

      Equatorians are South Sudanese, tribalism doesn’t pay. Your government cannot provide the minimum for its people. In 2011,$$billion were poured in, all stolen by the same government you are defending. South Sudan deserves better after so many years of struggle. Time for change and stop putting the blame on UN, US, EU the neighboring countries.

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  • 28 August 02:04, by john locke

    Kuch, just stop. You sound stupider than kiir. Dont deny the reality of whats really happening.

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    • 28 August 02:26, by Kush Natives

      john locke,
      Watch your dirty mouth! You’re one of the outsider that I mentioned above, stay in Gambella and enjoy your slavery style. We don’t have time to debate with foreigners, eat your injera and dabour quietly, there’s nothing to do with you in our affairs. Those who are running out of South Sudan are foreigners period.

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  • 28 August 02:52, by john locke

    Kuch, i dont know what to call you. A man who denies reality is a stupid man. Kiir begin this war by massacaring innocent nuer civilians in juba. Than moved to equatoria and tried the samething. Yet men like you sit here and deny the facts of what hes doing. The same man who called a cease fire just a few weeks ago attacked pagak and had his forces chased to ethiopia. Yet you even deny that.

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    • 28 August 05:28, by Kush Natives

      john locke,
      It’s really good that we overrun Pagak, stay in Gambella period. We don’t need no nonsense, why complaining now while you refused to a God given national dialogue? Generating lies will never cease you from suffering. Your godfather Riek Machar did not thought of this, yet still dreaming of war, what’s this to you? We’re still calling for a peaceful dialogue please, so that we settled

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    • 28 August 05:29, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Equatorian ran from their home to Uganda in persuit of UN food. they fear tilting and living on their own.

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      • 28 August 11:03, by jubaone

        Lotodo Awino,

        If then "Equatorians". We wish you a happy stay wherever you are. Equatoria for Equatorians, jiengeland for jienges. We have just taken our women and children to safe areas, while our men clean up "jienge filth". We are on a good path. We shall make sure, no jienges live peacefully in Juba or Equatoria.

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  • 28 August 05:38, by john locke

    Kush, go to pagak and see who is really running it. Youre bol rom and nhial batoang are both still on the jekow bridge refusing to surrender to the IO and the ethiopians are giving them one week to surrender or its over. No joang will ever step foot in the middle of nuer land. Believe me. Ask kiir and his nuer wew who went to ethiopia as refugees after surrendering to the ethiopian soldiers

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    • 28 August 06:00, by Kush Natives

      john locke,
      Give me a break here! What do mean by refused? Why don’t you go and get them? Dude, I don’t think that you’re mentally healthy. How many times have you said that? What takes rebels/you so long get them at Jekou bridge? You’re completely not making any sense to me and rest of fellows commentators here.

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  • 28 August 06:21, by john locke

    Kush, first off stop.. youre a man who refuses to acknowledge reality.. nhial and bol are on the ethiopian side of the bridge negotiating with them on surrendering. Their soldiers have already surrendered as refugees. Go find the video on social media of them crossing into ethiopia after surrendering to the ethiopian soldiers. Than again, youll deny it

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    • 28 August 07:28, by Lenin Bull

      Thanks President for saying the truth. Our people are being used abused by some UN agencies. It was Diang Head of Humanitarian Department from Senegal who visited Yei last year and recklessly declared GENOCIDE in South Sudan which has never and will never take place in South Sudan. But of course it was a UN sacring tactics and Equatorians took it.

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  • 28 August 07:37, by MD from far East

    Kiir.
    There is Nothing to covered in name of Media,what happen in Parajok,Madi Land, yei and Western Equatoria, the Innocent civilian that have been massacred, have nothing to do with your Opposition Don Blind Fouls the world for this One, because you don’t deserve to be there Leader They have filed testimony to God one day They will be remembered !Not like any cowardice Puppy

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  • 28 August 10:31, by lou nuer

    Kush Native and Lenin Bull
    You are additive to Dr.Machar exactly you your words always targeting Machar when Dr.Machar scape from JCE plan in 2013 December did he informed any citizen in the Country am leaving now follow me? Bullsheet comments Mathiang Anyor kill every body including Equatorian, Chollo and many others loyal to them and start rebel whom are you blaming? Please respect everybody vie

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