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Bishop says Uganda escalating South Sudan’s civil war


January 30, 2018 (KAMPALA) – The Archbishop of Gulu Diocese in Northern Uganda, John Baptist Odama has accused the Ugandan government of escalating the conflict in war-torn South Sudan.

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South Sudanese refugees attend independence day celebrations at Kirayandongo resettlement camp 9, July 2017 (ST)

Odama, who doubles as the Chairman of Episcopal Conference has also requested South Sudanese to forgive Ugandans for meddling in to the conflict, which has seen over two million civilians displaced.

The Archbishop said this at the re-opening of Ediofe Cathedral in Arua Diocese last week, challenging South Sudanese leaders to stick to what was agreed upon during the last series of the peace talks.

The conflict, Odama stressed, has caused enough suffering to the population in the country, yet they should be developing it.

Currently, Arua Diocese hosts over 700 thousand refugees, with the largest camp in Yumbe, hosting more than 300,000 refugees. Other districts hosting refugees in Uganda are Arua, Moyo and Adjumani.

“For over fifty years, the people of South Sudan have not witnessed or enjoyed peace in their country,” said Odama, adding “The leaders must end the greed that is forcing them into war, but accept to work peacefully towards achieving lasting peace”.

The Archbishop’s call comes days after a senior United Nations official accused Uganda and neighbouring Kenya of fueling the South Sudanese civil war.

Meanwhile, Odama also appealed to the governments of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic to stop the wars that are claiming innocent lives and restore peace.

In a related development, Bishop Sabino Odoki of Arua Diocese warned those fighting to restore peace to rethink their actions.

“It is a shame that a country [South Sudan] that fought for over 50 years because of oppression from the Arab North has degenerated into chaos which they should have avoided,” said Odoki, while appealing to South Sudanese leaders to get solutions to the conflict.

Tens of thousands of people in South Sudan have been killed and over 1.5 million remain on the brink of famine, aid agencies say. In addition, more than 4 million people, or a third of the South Sudanese population, have fled their homes causing Africa’s largest refugee crisis.


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  • 4 February 12:17, by Habibi

    50+ years of war in Southern Sudan. Sorry to say Mr. Bishop, but maybe the problem is coming from South Sudanese. Lets not blame North Sudan or Uganda, we are talking 50+ years of fighting in South Sudan from 1955 to 2018. South Sudanese always start wars and it is visible based on the number of violated peace agreements since 2013

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    • 4 February 12:30, by Khent

      Northern Sudanese

      It was not the South that initiated slave raids on the North for over a century; the South didn’t annex Northern territories as soon as the British departed. That’s how the war started in the first place. You have a very distorted outlook on history.

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      • 4 February 12:44, by Khent

        Peace Agreements have not really endured in the North or the South, so your argument is dead on the vine. And if you really want to speak of broken agreements, I hope you realise that it’s well established that it’s Khartoum that has reneged on every Peace Agreement between the North and South. The 1972 Addis Ababa Agreement was breached by you, not us...

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        • 4 February 13:02, by Khent

          The 1955 mutiny was inspired by a prior event... the massacre of unarmed Southern workers in July of 1955. The North also reneged on an Agreement on Federalism. It’s remarkable that the South even waited for these events before fighting Khartoum; we lost hundreds of thousands of people to slavery from the North prior to the British forcing us together, so don’t start.

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          • 4 February 13:07, by Khent

            Read the books by Man??r Kh?lid and tell me with a straight face that the South was to blame. The war in the South is a terrible and totally unnecessary war but I will not allow Northerners to use that as an opportunity to re-write history. We [South Sudan] failed ourselves terribly, and will have to accept that substantive and comprehensive cultural change is required.

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            • 4 February 13:25, by Khent

              Esteemed historians and academics like Mansour Khalid , Robert O. Collins and Douglas H. Johnson have dedicated their lives to researching the history of Sudan, and their expertise and integrity have allowed them to reach conclusions that differ markedly from those peddled by some in the North that seem to want to pretend that they did nothing wrong.

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              • 4 February 21:23, by Eastern


                Please stop WASTING SPACE! Be precise and concise. ONE PARAGRAPH suffices, you may have your excuses!

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              • 4 February 21:55, by Habibi

                Khent LMAO

                sure go ahead and blame the crisis of south Sudan on the annexation of Abyei and Kafia Kingi or slavery from North Sudan... please, those doors are closed.... you cannot blame the economic and social collapse of South Sudan on slavery. It is your own leaders who promised you a paradise for 50 years but instead gave you a mini Congo DRC.

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                • 4 February 21:58, by Habibi

                  I don’t even understand how Kafia Kingi can be used as an excuse since we were one country from 1955 to 2011. and just to remind you guys, it were south sudanese who started killing North Sudanese in Juba in 1955 which had ignited the 50 year war. 50 years of you guys fighting any kind f development in the country following barbarian guerilla fighters that were nothing but power hungry militias

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                  • 4 February 22:02, by Habibi

                    and lol 1972? Nimery was a dictator, he did whatever came to his mind. but is that an excuse to leave your motherland only to create hell for yourselfes? I see many rebels in different countries, yet one were asking for the division of their country. I even wish you actually benefitted from separation, you are 10 times poorer now and in a much worse crisis created by yourselfes

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                    • 5 February 16:09, by Khent

                      Northern Sudanese

                      Is that it? Is that your response? Your posts utterly failed to address the crux of the issue. At no point did I blame you people for South Sudan’s current state of affairs - so your response is a perfect example of a straw man argument. A straw man argument is when you ignore what was said, make stuff up, and argue that instead.

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                      • 5 February 16:10, by Khent

                        ..That we were one country cannot be used as justification to annex a dozen or so territories... territories that just so happened to be fertile or resource rich. Administratively annexing territories is foolhardy, arrogant and provocative and that’s one thing; Khartoum aggravated matters by violently expelling the population and bringing in Northern settlers in many of the annexed territories.

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                        • 5 February 16:27, by Khent

                          The 1955 Torit Mutiny was preceded by the massacre of unarmed Southern workers by Northern military and security forces. You people tend to blame the reaction (s) and disregard the action (s) that made it necessary. The South was also completely disregarded and humiliated during the so called "Sudanization" process just prior to independence.

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                          • 5 February 16:29, by Khent

                            Citing a journal:

                            The negotiations on self-determination of the country in the early 1950s proved southern fears of northern domination. The northern nationalists excluded the southerners from the negotiations. They also reneged on their pre-independence promise to create a federal system of relationship as opposed to a centralized system-between the northern and the southern regions.

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                            • 5 February 16:31, by Khent

                              These and other subsequent measures taken against the South soon led to the development of a secessionist armed struggle. The movement began in 1955, a few months before independence, when Equatoria Corps in Torit mutinied. However, full-fledged armed activities did not occur until 1962 when the Sudan African National Union organized a guerrilla army known as the Anyanya. (SUDAN: THE NORTH-SOUTH

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                              • 5 February 16:32, by Khent

                                What you call "development" entailed ignoring reasonable requests for Federalism, massacres, the assassination of dissenting [educated] Southern voices, violent dispossessions and land-theft. The reaction to your actions were completely justified.

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    • 4 February 13:32, by Kush Natives

      Folks, you should at least try to be a historically analyser when commenting on such wife vast issues. When was South Sudan separated from the North Sudan In order to be accounted 50+ of war? If we’re not ignorant and sick of lies? Sudan is trying to clean herself out from the wars in which it caused and still insisting on. What a total amount of disgusting disgrace!

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      • 4 February 22:04, by Habibi

        Kush Natives

        Uh, sorry dude but just to remind you the North is hosting 800,000 refugees from your so called country, which now ranks below Somalia in many fields. Sudan did not cause the first civil war and has nothing to do with your crisis down south. It is not our fault that your leaders decided to destroy each other. we did not tell you to separate, you voted for it yourself

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        • 5 February 05:55, by Eastern

          Painful truth! Where are you Khent and Bush Natives?

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          • 5 February 16:59, by Khent

            Ah, Eastern... the treasonous little dog cow-tows to some Northerner on the internet, and disrespects his own people by agreeing that the enslavement of 2 million Southerners by Arabs and the massacre of his own people, was not just cause for taking up arms. I’m defending the integrity of history and our people, and you come at me?

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            • 5 February 17:09, by Khent

              Look, I don’t know what’s got your knickers in a twist, princess, but perhaps we should joust some other time. Slave raids by Northern tribes were not completely halted until 1930, and you think it’s reasonable to just okey-dokey some Arab telling us that we had no reason to hate them for the millions that were enslaved by their hand!?

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        • 5 February 16:50, by Khent

          Northern Sudanese

          Actually, third party historians do in fact blame Khartoum for the first civil war when Northern military and security forces massacred unarmed Southern workers months before the 1955 mutiny. Your leaders also abrogated agreements and annexed territories immediately at the heels of Britain’s departure. You also sparked the second civil war by abrogating on the 1972 Agreement.

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          • 5 February 17:16, by Khent

            The current civil war is entirely on us and anyone who says otherwise is an oxygen-thieving moron... but history will not be re-written, in which people that lost millions to rapacious Arab slave-raiders get the blame for fighting for their survival and their rights to their fathers lands.

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            • 5 February 19:26, by Khent

              I don’t blame Khartoum for South Sudan’s current war and its attendant humanitarian situation, and I don’t blame Khartoum for South Sudan’s endemic levels of corruption, kleptocracy, nepotism, myopia, incompetence, tribalism, insecurity, lack of development and ethnic contingent State-sanctioned mass-murder. Straw man arguments are lame.

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  • 4 February 22:09, by Habibi

    South Sudan was nothing but a project to weaken the North. Its not as if Israel and the US ever really cared about South Sudanese. With propagand from the west and fake promises from SPLA, the south sudanese were fooled into separating. A population with a literacy rate below 30% leaves me wondering whether they knew which box they were ticking.

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    • 4 February 22:11, by Habibi

      Not trying to offend anyone, but these are facts hich support my views. Having a Ugandan Bishop blaming the North for a crisis which South Sudanese started themselves is a joke. Also seeing that South Sudan never saw real peace anyways since 1955, The pattern is very visible. South Sudanese way of thinking is what creates these wars. lack of education is the main factor.

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      • 5 February 04:59, by Kush Natives

        Talking of an illiteracy in fact our fault rather old Sudan under slaves called themselves Arab. What was the cause of lesser South Sudanese education? Wasn’t because of You? South Sudanese female is first pilot in the history of an old Sudan, for just 6 years of an independent, while North Sudan have no single car driver, what an ignorant is that!

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      • 5 February 16:34, by Khent

        Northern Sudanese

        ROFL at the idea that we were just waiting for Israel and the United States to come along and convince us to oppose Arab imperialism when we’ve been resisting Arab encroachment, slave raids and imperialism centuries before Israel was established.

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        • 5 February 16:35, by Khent

          And "motherland"!? LOL! I Is this the same "motherland” whose Arab population (along with Egyptians and Turks) enslaved and sold off as many as two million Southerners before the British effectively put a stop to it, literally just two decades before independence?

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          • 5 February 16:36, by Khent

            The slave-trade reached its apogee in the nineteenth century. According to one source, ’it has been estimated that during the 19th century Arab slavers carried off about two million blacks from the Southern Sudan’ (cited in O’Balance, 1977: 20). (Ethnicity and conflict in the Horn of Africa, Katsuyoshi Fukui, Ohio University Press, 1994)

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            • 5 February 16:37, by Khent

              According to one estimate Arab slavers carried off two million southerners from their homeland. (White Nile, Black Blood: War, Leadership, and Ethnicity from Khartoum to Kampala, Jay Spaulding, ?Stephanie Beswick - 2000)

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              • 5 February 16:37, by Khent

                Explorer Samuel Baker estimated at least 50,000 slaves were captured annually from the southern part of the country during his time in the 1860s (British Official Reports 1960, 4). This number kept growing as the slave-caravan route from Bahr el Ghazal through El-Obeid to the Mediterranean gained significant importance. (The British Southern Policy in Sudan: An Inquiry into the Closed District Or

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                • 5 February 16:39, by Khent

                  You didn’t stop enslaving Southerners because you suddenly became enlightened, pluralistic or more humane; a greater power simply intervened and prevented you from carrying something that so terribly devastated us...

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                  • 5 February 16:40, by Khent

                    ..And with Britain’s departure, Southerners were understandably not all that thrilled about coming under the absolute sway of people that had brutalised them to that extent.

                    In addition to the reasons I cited for the 1955 Mutiny... there was also the fear that the order to transfer Southern soldiers to the North was just a ploy to enslave or murder them.

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                    • 5 February 16:42, by Khent

                      The slave trade that resulted in a loss of two million Southerners was a tragedy; holocaust of sorts.

                      This is not a game; this is not a debate where unoriginal, angsty, edgelord rhetoric is of any relevance. I provided sources spelling out that 2 million Southerners were enslaved, and so you really should stop pushing the laughable argument that our response to aggression is to blame.

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                      • 5 February 16:43, by Khent

                        Your distorted and context-free presentation of history only has currency in the North — for obvious reasons. History does not agree with you. Not that I think you care, of course, but still, I can’t let you fake the funk with pretenses of support from history. Our response in 1955 was justified; our response to the abrogation of the 1972 Agreement, was also justified.

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                        • 5 February 17:23, by Khent

                          Enslaving two million people is apparently not the issue; massacring unarmed workers is also not the issue; dismissing legitimate requests for small political concessions, is not the issue; annexing a dozen or so territories, is also not the issue. The issue is our response to these reasonable, peaceful Arab slave raiders that took our fathers lands. LOL!

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                          • 5 February 17:26, by Khent

                            The official UN estimate for casualties in South Sudan’s civil war stands at 50, 000; this may be an underestimate, but that’s their current official estimate. Now, if we were to take the 2 million Southerners that died during the second civil war and divide this casualty figure over a 22 period...

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                            • 5 February 17:34, by Khent

                              ..that would produce an annual casualty figure of close to 100, 000 — so we suffered far more under Khartoum. The only time when we were undoubtedly better off is during the foreign imposed Interim Period of the CPA. I won’t be lectured to by North Sudanese, under any circumstances. Kenyans, Tanzanians and other black Africans may lecture us.

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                              • 5 February 17:51, by Khent

                                ..I’m done and I no longer need to respond to any posts by anyone on this website. Sure, it could be fun witnessing someone [psychotically] trying to blame victims of an apocalyptic slave trade for putting up an armed response to the loss of millions of their people and opposing their complete subjugation. I’ll also not be responding to death-deserving traitors.

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    • 5 February 03:16, by dinkdong

      Hey you,
      The fact there is no developmeInt and that there’s "low literacy rate" in South Sudan is nothing but the failure of old united Sudan and those in fact were the reasons I and majority of South Sudanese won’t regret separation no matter what’s going now in South Sudan. So, to hell with you!

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      • 5 February 19:32, by Khent

        No, the thieves in Juba could have fixed all that during the Interim Period and immediately after it when they got close to $20 billion dollars. Those psychopathic thieves in Juba deserve a bullet for what they did; they’re not short of failures but their failure to develop a proper military is the most unforgivable - in light of our history.

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