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South Sudanese soldier attacks peacekeeping convoy in Yei


UNMISS peacekeepers patrols Yei Town on 25 January 2018 (photo UNMISS)

September 15, 2018 (JUBA) - A peacekeeper of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) was wounded by a shot when a government soldier attacked a convoy the blue helmets were protecting in the town of Yei.

The attack occurred on Saturday morning at 8.30 am when a convoy of four vehicles including two water tankers left their base in Yei to collect water.

According to the UNMISS, an SPLA soldier started shooting in the air near the UNMISS convoy before to shoot directly at one of the vehicles. He hit a Nepalese peacekeeper in the leg and the ran into a crowd.

The incident is the third violation of the ceasefire agreement since the signing of the final peace agreement on 12 September. The SPLM-IO said the government forces in the Yei River State attacked twice its position on 13 and 14 September.

The volatility of the security situation is attributed to the lack of control on the government forces.

UNMISS condemned the attack and urged the government to hold accountable the soldier who shot the convoy.

"This direct attack on UN peacekeepers here to help the people of South Sudan is unacceptable. The perpetrator must be found and held accountable by Government authorities," said the Head of UNMISS, David Shearer.

"This situation is evidence of a lack of command and control of armed forces which has resulted in unruly elements who continue to commit human rights abuses in the area. It is beholden on the Government to bring their forces under control," Shearer further said.

The UNMISS said before the shooting of the peacekeepers, the government soldiers fired about 50 shots at about 500 meters from the UN base in Yei at 5.20 am.

Shearer described the continuation of violence in the Central Equatorian region after the signing of the peace agreement as "disheartening"

"All forces must disengage as required by the peace agreement and end the violence. The parties must also work together to build trust between themselves and with the people of South Sudan who are suffering immensely from the ongoing conflict," the UNMISS chief said.

UN officials and IGAD representatives intend to react strongly to the act of violence in order to put the parties before their responsibilities. They say this is one of the lessons drawn from the violence in Juba of July 2016 which collapsed the first implementation of the peace agreement.


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  • 16 September 2018 07:35, by Eastern

    Dinka barbarism at grand display. Don’t ask me even show I came to know that goon was a Dinka....!

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    • 16 September 2018 08:33, by jubaone

      Thank you. Jienge savagery has no bounds. There’s no national army and so you can’t have discipline or adherence to a central military command. These are nyor village savages dressed up as an army. No education, don’t understand UNMISS peace keeping role. Kiirminal has no control over them.

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      • 16 September 2018 09:03, by wau-wau-wau

        This is what we have been talking about that there’s no control over soldiers from central command. Who authorised hi I’m to fire at peacekeepers. Can you believe that madness of Dinka. We need federal system and we cannot leave with such animals behaviour.

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      • 16 September 2018 10:11, by Joyuma John

        Dear Jubaone don’t we think that our Dinka phobia can increase Dinka unity and every thing they can do. If we assume that every happens in South Sudan can be Dinka, even one we will think that the whole of South Sudan land belong Dinka’, why don’t we first wait to know the soldier belong to which tribe instead of we just to conclusion

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        • 16 September 2018 15:48, by jubaone

          Everything bad comes from jienge, for sure cuz this is a jienge army. Nuers and Equatorians are mostly in the opposition. These are "mathiang nyors" village vigilantes, marauding bandits and criminals in the name of the SPLA. Dr. Garang would have made sure, this nyor soldier is apprehended and court martialed. Case closed. Next.

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      • 16 September 2018 13:09, by aborigin

        Eastern and Jubaone,
        Your hatred and negative campaigns towards particular tribe is so uncivilized and illiteracy of the highest order. We as the youth (if both of you happens to be) of this country needs to consolidate unity and prosperity amongst our people, illiteracy is one of the ingredients destabilising our great nation and we shouldn’t be advocating for it we need one another.

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    • 16 September 2018 12:28, by South South


      Sick people like you have no logic to reason, but they just throw out empty words because they don’t have ability to think. Could you show the world the evidence you have that a Dinka solider shot at UN in Yei? I like what I heard from Riak’s IO supporters said in Ethiopia to those who oppose peace. "Go to the bush or shut up"

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      • 16 September 2018 14:54, by Eastern

        South South,

        Dr. Machar was in the bush for only 40 days and nights on the run for his dear life....For the rest of the he led SPLA-IO he was either in South Africa or Khartoum. What do you know about the bush....? Yes, I can confirm that the deranged SPLA goon who at UN convey in Yei is a dinkaman and my evidence remains to be presented to a competent court not the cattle camp junk.....

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        • 16 September 2018 16:43, by South South


          The poor man has no evidence, but he’s making wild for nothing." Go to the bush or shut up monkey"

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          • 17 September 2018 02:44, by Dinka-Defender-General

            South Sudan, I think you are aware that Jubaone and Earthern are anti-Dinka people. It does not matter to them whether the soldiers are Equatorian or Acholi. For them, the SPLA belongs to Dinka. I think the party should be changed from SPLA/SPLM to Dinka People Liberation Army/SPLM so they can shut up and live with it.

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            • 17 September 2018 03:13, by Joseph Canada

              hahaha, So according to you an Equatorian and Acholi are two different tribes eh?.

              And by the way guys, those guys are not unti-Dinka.Its the truth that you guys refuse to accept.

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              • 17 September 2018 03:54, by Theone

                ....... and according to you; nobody should make a mistake.
                "Unti_Dinka eh"?

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                • 17 September 2018 17:39, by Joseph Canada

                  We are not robots now to make a mistake. But that mistake should be a spelling Error. Also no one should be unti-tribe for no reason. What does that tribe want in Equatoria? Tell me a bunch of Equatorians who moved to other lands and settle there in South Sudan. You have to get it right bro. We are not Anti-Dinka for no reason!!

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                  • 17 September 2018 17:44, by Joseph Canada

                    Going to liv in another persons land and setting corals and forcefully removing those people by killing them of molestation of children and rape is not only right but an abomination. You people planted hatred on people not only in South Sudanese but Worlwide.

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                  • 17 September 2018 19:22, by Dinka-Defender-General

                    Joseph Canada, you need to visit Dinka states to see for yourself. There are many Equatorians living in Dinka lands peacefully while you are abusing Dinkas in your areas. You should move back to Congo where your ancestors came from thousand years ago or just shut the front door and drink, eat, and sleep in Canada peaceful. Just leave us alone. We need some tranquilities time.

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