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South Sudan bans NGOs from operating in rebel-controlled area


January 14, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan government has banned international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from operating in the rebel-controlled Payinjiar county, according to confidential statement Sudan Tribune has obtained.

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NGOs distribute relief items to civilians in Bor town of Jonglei state, 9 October, 2012 (ST)

South Sudan Nation Security Service, in a letter addressed to 8 international organizations in the area, advised these entities to cease from operating in a territory controlled by rebels forces allied to ex-First Vice President Riek Machar.

“You are hereby directed to cancel operations in and around Payinjiar (Ganyliel & Nyuong) from the effect of today 31-12-2016 and all your staff must immediately pullout from the area. All the flights to the foresaid areas are suspended. Also, boats from Juba to Payinjiar or from Payinjiar to Juba via River Nile are banned,” partly reads the statement.

Payinjiar has remained a stronghold of the rebels since the crisis broke out in mid-December 2013, and thousands of displaced persons live in the area.

Although the area remains under the control of rebel forces, relations have been strong between neighboring communities of Yirol and the Nyuong-Nuer, with trading activities being a common practice along each other’s’ borders.

Despite several attacks by pro-government forces to re-take the area from rebels, they have failed after facing fierce resistance from the opposition forces.

Last month, the rebels detained a Tanzanian who flew a chartered plane that landed at Ganyliel airstrip with a government commissioner aboard the plane.

Talks are reportedly underway with the rebels to have the commissioner freed.

Several aids workers confirmed to Sudan Tribune that all NGO staffs in the area were on Friday airlifted to Juba. These included national and international staffs as the government implements last month’s ban on NGOs in the rebel-controlled area.


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  • 15 January 2017 08:54, by Midit Mitot

    Voltures, what,s connection between NGO who are saving the vulnerable communities & Government/Rebels activities? This is injustice, communities are for both government and rebels there is no need to banned their services.

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    • 16 January 2017 13:56, by EYE SEE

      their tails are always between their leggs Whenever they hear of army embargo & sanction.
      This time it must be done.
      No way for KIIR regime.
      By all means Dr. Machar must bring change to SS.

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  • 15 January 2017 09:52, by Splm-iG

    the order came in as government decided to extent the attacks on rebels controlled areas.

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  • 15 January 2017 11:53, by Eastern

    So Malong wants to annihilate all the Nuer of Panyijiar which is going to be another extension of the 2013 Nuer massacre in Juba. Why should the world stand by and watch Kiir conducting mass killing without calling him to order?

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    • 15 January 2017 14:09, by jubaone

      The best u can do now is support financially all organizations operating in liberated areas. Don’t expect anything from the jienges just go ahead and do what you think is right.

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  • 15 January 2017 12:10, by Fair Man

    Let them try. All options, including airdrops can be explored. Just expand the size of the air strip. The plan is to cut off relief from civilians for them to run to government controlled areas. They must fail in their il-plot. After they failed to capture it militarily, they think they can capture by starvation. What a shiit!!

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  • 15 January 2017 13:34, by Splm-iG

    I just heard from Panyijiar at 1:56 PM that two international NGOS have lifted their staff to Juba.
    Mr.Malong Awan needs to send the other 2,400 army personal to the area.

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  • 15 January 2017 15:12, by Mading IronKing

    Well done.
    That’s what we’ve been expecting all day,All these fake NGOs are indeed wolf in sheep clothes who are facilitating and managing rebels organization through financial and arms supports.
    Civilians in those affected areas should start avoiding arm resistance like an EBOLA.
    The government should now focus another blunts towards Equatorian region NGOs who are radicalizing the poor youths.

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    • 16 January 2017 08:15, by Mayom County Troops

      this is really a wrong decision from Govt of South Sudan.
      why not the govt does not defeat rebels in the territory of Panyijiar county instead of taking a wrong decision suspending NGOS who are operating in Panyijiar territory ?

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  • 15 January 2017 16:17, by Friends of Africa

    NGO’s are the first point of infiltration by western governments/spy agencies, or western Oligarch interests like George Soros, funded NGO’s, to destabalise a country. Only idiotic and stupid leaderships/governments allow western NGO’s to operate in their countries. Any country that relies, or need western NGO’s to survive, DOES NOT DESERVE TO SURVIVE. Throwing out all NGO’s is a must.

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  • 15 January 2017 18:11, by Mading IronKing

    Friend of Africa
    Yes indeed,History is deem to repeat itself where people lack knowledge of it first hand.
    Soonest this regulations,checking on NGOs operatives is operationalized by our government the better.

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  • 15 January 2017 20:38, by Yang Man

    Sorry,I do not believe if the really government of south Sudan can anounce this news ifficial ,I come to believe that there is no government as always said by splm on oposition ,how can agoverment of a country can do this to it citizens,kirr government is now really a dinka trible lead government,he is doing these because nyuong community is for Nuer,and sorry sham on the fake president.

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  • 15 January 2017 20:48, by Yang Man

    To those who like supporting kiir moves,you are not a patriotic citizen of south Sudan, for your information,please south sudan will remain one even if we finish all of us it will remain as a free land of it people regaudles of tribe or political afliation,so please let as take it as a trible issue ,let as comment in a way that can remind our big people so that they know what they are doing is wro

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    • 16 January 2017 05:06, by Gatluak jal

      Yang Man, you sound perfect if I didn’t misunderstand you. People of SS will united very soon. As I took a permission in order to visit my family in Lake State,it was amazing thing to see Dinka women and Nuer Women are standing together trying to learn each another language. I would like to see just friendly that I have wittiness in Greater Bhar EL ghazal was absolutely good and thank you for that

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  • 16 January 2017 13:37, by Dengda

    One thing I know for certain, no government around the world is exempted to use it power position to subject certain of group enthics to die from hunger or disease through any mean to blackmail the NGOs to implement ill intension or threat international body to implement their interest. Certain things will not go government direction with scrutiny, ND, ACRSS or Militarily power and genocide.

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