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South Sudan accuses Khartoum of forcibly conscripting southerners


December 21, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – A new diplomatic crisis has erupted between Sudan and South Sudan after Juba accused Khartoum of forcing southern university students to join its army.

The Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) on Wednesday summoned the Sudanese charge de’ affaires in Juba and protested what it described as aggressions against southern Sudanese citizens and properties of GoSS in Khartoum.

According to the official spokesman of Sudan’s foreign ministry Al-Ubayd Adam Muroah, Juba complained of “harassments” suffered by southern citizens in Khartoum and demanded that Khartoum provides clarifications on the issue.

Muroah said that their representative in Juba had promised to investigate the matter with the competent authorities in Khartoum.

The move follows reports on alleged forced conscription of southern Sudanese in Khartoum by militia groups. According to sources cited by the BBC, young South Sudanese men have been snatched from universities, the streets and even their homes by armed gangs.

In a statement carried on Wednesday by the News Agency of South Sudan (NASS), South Sudan’s minister of information Barnaba Marial Benjamin accused the Sudanese government of recruiting South Sudanese university students into its army.

Benjamin condemned the alleged recruitment as “an irresponsible exercise” and stressed that southern students are in Khartoum “for studies and not for military purposes”

The BBC’s report said that southern sources in Khartoum accused the South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA), a southern rebel group, of carrying out the abductions and forced conscription. They also said they believe the government is at least condoning the conscription.

The southern minister said that his country would not retaliate against north Sudanese citizens or their properties in the South, citing pledges by his president Salva Kiir that the South remains committed to peace with neighbors.

Millions of southern Sudanese have had to leave Sudan this year after their region won full independence in July this year, but many remained. According to UNHCR, there are 700,000 South Sudanese still living in the north.

Relations between Sudan and South Sudan have been fragile due to the continued absence of an agreement on transit fees to export southern oil through Sudan and mutual accusations of supporting rebel groups on both sides of the tense borders.


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  • 22 December 2011 09:16, by SSLA/M Supporter

    What are South Sudanese students or internally displaced persons are still doing in Khartoum? I thought SPLA/M chose separation of S Sudan over the unity to the country to circumvent "south Sudanese of becoming second class citizens in their own country"! So what happens to that pathetic rhetoric by Kiir and the SPLA/M syndicate! If not because of the generosity of North Sudanese, I suppose...

    • 22 December 2011 09:20, by SSLA/M Supporter

      you would have ended up being kicked out of Sudan straightaway after you voted for separation! Does that corrupt regime of Salva Kiir really know the meaning of separation? No wonder why pagan Amum was talking about dual citizenship knowing that southerners would prefer living in North Sudan where basic services are provided, while SPLA/M is busy looting resources of S Sudan! bring our people home

      • 22 December 2011 09:51, by Mapuor

        We still have a substantial numbers of Arab Sudanese in the South my dear.If we do as those of Khartoum, will that comfort you guys?.There are acceptables ways of moving unwanted people away from a country that is not their own,but not recruiting them into the army of a foreign land

      • 22 December 2011 14:11, by peace

        That is ultimate behavior of NCP since they took power,they have been doing that,IMMEDIATELY after you finish O level you must to be taken to battle field to fight with S Sudan in 1990’s,people are watching you NCP, this is not centuries where you do your own thing in darkness and no one tell what you did,stop recruiting students, this are the people who will build the country when you grow old.

      • 22 December 2011 16:53, by Joseph Canada

        SSLA/M, READ THE LINES WHO THE ABDUCTORS ARE. Read before you write. Everything you write here is Irrelevant. You seems to jump into the writing as soon as you just open the title man. I cant blame you because You have been raised to listen not reason. Am very sure someone told you to write that way. Please examine before pressing the keyboard. Thanks Bro.

      • 23 December 2011 10:25, by Logic

        "basic services are provided" lol.lol.lol

        This guy SSLM/A Supporter is another joke of a northern bigot. Intermittent power cuts despite 100’s of millions invested in Merowe dam (200mw+ my ass), water cuts despite two Niles running through N. Sudan, lack of freedom of expression due to the closed minds of the elite.

        You’re truly a delusional racist northerner, but funny though! lolololol...

    • 22 December 2011 09:31, by man koryom

      SSLM Supporter

      Why are you still hiding in Khartoum and South Sudan has full independence? The students are doing good thing----school and it will be a big contribution to S. Sudan development in the long run. But look at yourself begging for food and money from those blood sucker Khartoum gangs. Please come back to South and be free. All nyagats will be gone sooner than later, all of them.

    • 22 December 2011 09:38, by Master

      What a joke and load of BS. Its well known that the SPLA has murdered and killed many innocent Northerners in the South. Threatened them to go back home or else. There are only a few number of them anyway and i blame them for staying. But there are 700 000 Southerners still in Khartoum today. I guess the South wasnt the heaven they expected, plus the thousands running back to the north daily.

      • 22 December 2011 11:28, by SSLA/M Supporter


        Majority of those south Sudanese who are now living or returning to live in Sudan, are the one that voted for the unity of the country during the so-called SS referendum, they were born and raised in North Sudan, they speak and write fluent Arabic language and they are open-minded about the fact that unity is the best option for the people of Sudan! Majority of them know little if any....

        • 22 December 2011 11:36, by SSLA/M Supporter

          - thing at all, about S Sudan and its SPLA/M mafia! Those are the real hope for the reunification of the Sudanese Land in the future! Those who are chatting rubbish here on ST have little or no exposition at all to North Sudan and its Sudanese culture, majority of them were brought up in the refugee camps in eastern African countries as you can spot from their intimidating and rude attitudes..cont

          • 22 December 2011 11:40, by SSLA/M Supporter

            Some might have studied up to university level but so what? As their behaviour is still badly affected by their rough upbringing in those refugee camps! Those were the one that voted most for the separation of RoSS given to their ignorance about Sudan! Thus, I appeal to the mature government of President Omer Al Bashir to treat those innocent S Sudanese with dignity and respect as usual...

            • 22 December 2011 11:45, by SSLA/M Supporter

              because they are the victims of SPLA/M corruption in S Sudan! The separation of RoSS is not at the level of the people rather than its being typically a political one! The bridges of interaction will be expanded between one people of Sudan after the regime change in RoSS! As Al Bashir used to say! Is the SPLA/M that forced the people of South Sudan to vote for separation! let all believe that fact

  • 22 December 2011 11:07, by Abraham Ayom

    Instead of summoning the Khartoum Government, cannot solve the problems. Let us do the same here in south Sudan there are numbers of Arabs traders and many others northerners in all ten States of South Sudan. Recruit and hand them over to SPLA North, JEM & LJM just simple like that.

    Ayom Ayom

    • 22 December 2011 14:00, by BlackNationGreatNation

      My friend, we southerners want peace... we will peruse peace not war, yet we will protect our people and all our guests from countries... even Northern Sudanese arn’t our enemies(ppl from north in this forum should know that, the government of N.sudan is our enemy. All N.sudanese in the south should never think they will be subject to any forced recruitment, in south recruitment is of self own cho

      • 22 December 2011 14:05, by BlackNationGreatNation

        In South recruitment id of individual’s own choice(Meant to say)God bless ppl of North... N God bless the Great ppl of South Sudan.... We Christians don’t react to these kind of foolish. God will judge them..

      • 22 December 2011 14:21, by Alan_Bard

        Jalaby and Abraham Ayon, you both talk out of your ass, just for the record.
        1st. S.Sudan is a deferent country from Sudan that is one thing you all need to make it clear, if a person from South Sudan decided to stay in the North under Sudanese passport as a national of the North then he should be able live in that country as citizen, after all it is his country where he is been living, working,

        • 22 December 2011 14:22, by Alan_Bard

          after all it is his country where he is been living, working, paying taxes, that helped through the years to develop to develop this country and he or she should be treated with all respect as first class citizen, remember un like his brothers he chosen to live among you and be part of you.

          • 22 December 2011 14:23, by Alan_Bard

            2nd. if a S.Sudan citizen wish be part of the ROSS then he or she should be apple to live and studies in the North Under Student Visa or working Visa, and should be treated with all respect, and both of your corrupted governments in the North and the South should know that they cannot recruit in by force any person in there Army let alone a foreign national

  • 22 December 2011 14:47, by Lokeji

    it was infact something very ugly that students are being raided from combine, jubita and other places around souk al- arabi, especial on saturday and sunday where you see cars own by the southern rebelious accompanied by 999 policy unit.it’s true that kht really wants to kill both the political and social relation between the two sudans.

  • 22 December 2011 18:34, by Daniel Buolmawei

    Where Mohammad Ali, Master, Jalaby and the most stupid Sam. We always have a lot of evidence of your supports of criminals and evils against South Sudan, but you keep denying it. Will you deny this evidence also? Shame on you. You northers are really idiots who can’t be trusted.

  • 23 December 2011 00:29, by never

    I do not see why the south sudan complain about their southerners student been taken by sudan government inorder for them to joint military, instead for a government to brought them into s. sudan long time ago, no one did it. bashir is taking disadventage of that situation why complain and goss chose to steal money from southerners rather than helping them.

  • 23 December 2011 00:55, by never

    s.sudan goss is grabing money from people of southern sudan while bashir is hiring southerners student to protect his boarder. why are we complaining?

    • 23 December 2011 05:44, by BlackNationGreatNation

      @Never... Term Hiring is absolutely inappropriate to describe this forced joining of a militia, and if you read the article, people were kidnapped from their own homes... Hiring is when someone willingly considers joining that group, and joins it without any pressure from any party..

      • 23 December 2011 06:41, by never

        it’s not something new for me for army to come into the community and collected people from door to door and drove off with them and later on, these individual end up in the front line. remember, spla used to do it and also the northerners were doing the samething to student who were in universities across sudan during spla war. north is in war with their rebel right now. our gov to blame.

        • 23 December 2011 06:58, by never

          the only way for them to get out in this situation is for these individual to defected into spla in nuba mountian or to south sudan. khartoum never been a good place for southerners and still some southerners are still heading back to khartoum. goss can not even protect his own boarders from sudan, i am not suspecting any help from them in this case.

  • 25 December 2011 00:03, by Master

    This is more evidence of your shallow thinking and ease influence by titles and not reading the contents. Most of you clowns are insulting the Sudan for these actions. But no where in the article does it say it does, only in the title and as usual this a deleberate act by ST - Bias and bad journalism.

    The BBC’s report said that southern sources in Khartoum accused the South Sudan Liberation Arm

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