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South Sudan calls for “unconditional” release of 14 officials

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September 23, 2017 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government on Saturday called for the “unconditional” release of 14 officials captured by rebels on Wednesday near its border with Ethiopia.

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Rebels protect civilians from the Nuer ethnic group (not seen) walking through flooded areas to reach a camp in UNMISS base in Bentiu, Sept. 20, 2014 (Photo AP/Matthew Abbott)

Dickson Gatluak, a military spokesman for the armed opposition faction loyal to the First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai, said armed youth linked to exiled rebel leader, Riek Machar detained at least 14 members of the peace delegation in Akobo county, Bieh state.

"SPLA-IO is calling for the unconditional release of 14 members of peace mission delegates who went to Akobo purposely to embrace and disseminate peace messages," Gatluak said in a statement.

"These persons are not for military mission but civil administrators who are there on the ground for peace," he added.

Among those held captive, he said, is the commissioner of Akobo county, Tut Chai Riek, stressing that all the detainees’ are civilians.

“We urge the local authority specially the youth from greater Akobo to grantee the safety and health of the detainees. These individuals must be treated as peace makers, but not prisoners of war,” he said.

The armed opposition faction is yet to comment on the fate of those allegedly detained.

The South Sudanese civil war, now in its fourth year, has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions since its eruption in 2013. But a peace agreement signed in August 2015 between the country’s warring parties led to the formation of the much-anticipated Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU).

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  • 24 September 08:47, by Eastern

    Now see...! Nuer eat Nuer thanks to Taban Deng’s machinations...

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    • 24 September 09:12, by jubaone

      Eastern,
      The Nuer are to blame. If they knew how their own were butchered mercilessly by jienge nyors, how often they have been used, they would unite their ranks and pose real danger 💀 to jienges. If anything, the jienges are masters in lying and delusional tricks and nyagats have fallen prey. Equatorians time is now.

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      • 24 September 09:34, by Eastern

        They better shift elsewhere with this medieval era-like lifestyle...That’s one reason Juba as a national capital is the most risky capital city the world over..

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        • 24 September 14:49, by South South

          jubaone and Eastern,

          I have due respect to Nuer tribe when we talk about bravery, but there are some Nuers who are very blinds and they will not see danger until they touch it. Coward like Eastern who has a Dinka wife and hate Dinka is a very good example of how some Equatorians behave, you can not have it both ways. I do believe his Dinka wife is leading him at home.

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          • 26 September 19:48, by jubaone

            South South,
            I don’t think Equatorian men would ever marry nyanjienges. I still have to see any that is feminine, courteous, appealing and a good thinker and not only a docile bedmate. Do they know how to keep a house and cook?😁 They are as rude, archaic and raw as their men.

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