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S. Sudan students’ union in Kampala switches allegiance to rebels


October 8, 2014 (KAMPALA) – The Greater Upper Nile Students’ Union in Uganda has declared its support for South Sudan’s rebel faction led by former vice-president Riek Machar.

The group said the decision to switch allegiances was due to what it described as the government’s weak efforts to address the suffering of women and children displaced by the latest conflict, which erupted in mid-December last year.

According to the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), about half population of South Sudan’s population are children,

The agency says ongoing violence on the ground in volatile states such as Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei states poses a serious risk to vulnerable children in the region.

Student leaders, mostly from Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei states, publicly declared that they will no longer to stand with the South Sudanese government, accusing president Salva Kiir of lacking commitment to peace effort in the region.

Union chairman Thanyang Jam Dhuor said the conflict has destabilised Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei states, blaming Kiir for failing to make progress in peace talks, which are being mediated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Ethiopia.

“The government is not serious about [the] death of our people in [the] Upper Nile region since the leadership came from Bahr el Ghazal,” he said.

“We have been in support of the government for the last nine months of conflict, but we were surprised by the government for their continued ethnic targeting and poor response to bring peace in the country,” he added.

Dhuor says the union decided to align with the Machar’s rebel faction after the government repeatedly failed to take action to protect internally displaced camps, who are currently sheltering at various sites across the country.

The UN reported last month that over 10 women have been raped in Unity state capital Bentiu while collecting firewood in the vicinity of the camp.

Doctors without borders say it has treated over 200 rape victims in Unity state since the crisis broke out.

There are claims that government troops are responsible for raping women on an ethnic basis.

“Our women and girls are being humiliated by pro-government forces in Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei,” said Dhuor.

He said rape cases are being reported on an almost daily basis, saying the situation had become intolerable for many women and children in the camps.

Matiek Banguot Geah, the former chairperson of Unity State Students’ Union and now a member of the Kampala-based Greater Upper Nile union, told Sudan Tribune that ongoing delays to peace negotiations had resulted in the loss of many lives and a deterioration in the humanitarian situation in conflict-affected areas.

“Peace will never come in South Sudan if president Kiir still holds power of leadership. The president only cares about his seat rather than looking after the people,” said Geah.
Meanwhile, the information secretary of the Greater Upper Nile Students Union, Koang Muoch Tang, said Kiir’s failure to address the root causes of the crisis had prolonged the violent conflict in the country.

“We have lost many of our brothers; we, as the children of Upper Nile, have today declared ourselves in sharing pain, with those who are suffering most in the region – whether through taking [up] arms or political participation,” said Tang.

The union has also accused the three governors of the Greater Upper Nile region of acting out of self interest rather than working to facilitate a final peace deal between the country’s warring parties.


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  • 9 October 2014 06:14, by Madina Tonj

    Juba and GOSS must cut supports from those Students allied with Riek Machar Teny. The South Sudan government must not wast money for those Students who thinks like killer Riek Machar. The real question to these Students allegiance defected, were are you going to live in South Sudan? You can defected Today and tomorrow you will come back shameful on you all Nuers. Nuers have lost trust worthy.

    • 9 October 2014 06:29, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      is not a news! Like the father like the son. What do you expect from
      children whose parents are rebels? This can only happen under Abuna

    • 9 October 2014 10:32, by maumau

      That is correct student union, Salva Kiir and his team have lost legitimacy, direction and order to govern our young nation. Where on earth Government officials abuse office, disobey traffic law, show no respect for the deaths and no one question them? These guys must go, for sure they must go.

      • 9 October 2014 10:36, by maumau

        Few Dinka who are supporting this government are victims themselves, unfortunately, they are not seeing it. Look, they are suffering, emaciated, hungry, their cattle looted, their houses destroyed. They cannot travel freely to and from Rumbek, Wau, Warrap, Bor because of lack of Law and Order in the country.

        • 9 October 2014 16:35, by Hardlinner

          Maumau, choosing one group over other is pure stupidity.A Reasonable and rational thinker would have said that both rebels and government have lose direction. Backing criminal like riek would make you a criminal. So we are left with unpickable choices. Riek is criminal and kiir is incompletent. Both must go. South sudan have more better educated, thinkers and completent leaders to choose from.

  • 9 October 2014 06:18, by Dengic

    They are raping themselves in UN camps and try to blame it on government soldiers. Even in Juba,Nuer are raping their under age girls, could this also be government troops?... Kiir’s name has become so sweet that when Nuer are hunger, they blame it on Kiir. Have you idiot forgotten that Machar is part and parcel of destruction in your greater Upper Nile?....Nuer are depressed beyond their capacity

  • 9 October 2014 06:19, by garang kerubino

    Dear students,

    To much talk without action will never yield the fruits, come and join your brother if you guys need to topple the government,so plz leave K’pla and join Mr. Machar for action. talking without arms will not help this time.

  • 9 October 2014 07:20, by Chol A.

    Very primitive thought by these so call students union in Kampala. The government releasing thousands of US $ for their support and yet chellanging the government it didn’t nothing. We always knew most of Nuer students are on side of rebels, but government was waiting this stupid statements to come out from you and don’t try correct this statement tomorrow because we have now catch your tails.

  • 9 October 2014 08:03, by Ayuen deng

    They are all drunk they should be blaming rebels not president Kiir, who is here calling for peace everyday.why didn’t civilian suffer before Machar removal?

  • 9 October 2014 11:29, by Padiet Deng Alony

    those who dream of greater upper nile at these time is over there is nothing call greater upper nile it is already splited by devil riak where Dinka and nuer of these region will never ever stay together. you better call that union greater nuer student union in uganda excluding Dinka student

    • 9 October 2014 13:12, by Mapuor

      Padiet Deng Alony
      Those thugs destroyed Upper Nile intentionally and are now pretending to represent it.They committed terrible atrocities against non Nuer in Upper Nile and yet use the name Upper Nile.Its true that Dinkas,Chollo,Maban and Anyuaks will have their separate states after the current senseless war

  • 9 October 2014 17:18, by bilieu babouth

    The hell is on fire. I Don,t know why are you fighting your self ?

  • 9 October 2014 17:32, by bilieu babouth

    This is a response to the comments of Chol A the title or heading was mistaken from the head of organisations or union leader or written. For your information it is Greater Upper Nile not South sudanese student Union in Uganda. Thank

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