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S. Sudan rebels warn of humanitarian catastrophic in Unity state


February 5, 2017 (JUBA) – Members of South Sudan’s armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) have warned of what they described as a humanitarian “catastrophic” in Unity state, if aid workers operating in the area fail to respond to needs of the people affected by war.

A view of the Protection of Civilians (POC) site near Bentiu, in Unity State, South Sudan (Photo UN/JC McIlwaine)

The spokesperson for rebels in the area, James Yoach Biding said Koch, Leer and Rubkotna counties were the areas worst-affected by the current crisis.

According to Yoach, those who fled fighting and sought refuge in the bushes for several months, no longer have access to humanitarian assistance, and this has put their lives at risk of famine.

“If there will be no quick humanitarian intervention, the areas of Koch, Leer and Rubkona counties shall have the worst humanitarian conditions record. You know that since last year, government forces devastated these locations by burning down house, looting properties and destroying health facilities,” he told Sudan Tribune.

Thousands of people, aid agencies say, fled their homes in the aftermath of clashes between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those allied to the country’s former First Vice-President, Riek Machar.

Yoach said those displaced by fighting lacked food, medicine and other essential items and have now been surviving on wild fruits and leaves for months in the bush.

Members of the armed opposition are now appealing for quick humanitarian intervention especially in remote areas before the situation is out of control.


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  • 6 February 2017 12:44, by Juba Lira

    Nuers are not supposed to be in the military and to give them ranges because of their stupidity, you are the one destroying your home area

    • 7 February 2017 08:40, by Mayom County Troops

      Hey James Yoach Biding stupid mind your business
      Leer , Koch, Rubkona are under our Govt control
      why don,t you speak about Luonyluony SPLA IO Headquarter ?
      it is our aim to direct Humanitarian to those counties to provide assistance to people who are in need ,
      I think Rebels are in need of food assistance ?

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  • 6 February 2017 14:09, by Kalo

    Avoid restricting on humanitarians staff base on countries like Kenyan that had not relationship with you,detaining of Tanzania pilot, threaten Kenyan workers that will worsen humanitarians crisis in your area,be careful with any decision taken.

    • 7 February 2017 05:24, by Kuch

      Mr. Kalo,
      The Nuers are being denied any humanitarian aid, they are being asked to get out these so-called UN compounds and prepare their lands to grow their own food. No one is killing the Nuers. Why are they in Dinkas/Jaangs countries if they think the Dinka/Jaangs is killing them?>>>

      • 7 February 2017 05:42, by Kuch

        Mr. Kalo, our Nuer cousins, believe in their Ngundeng Biong fantasies/superstitions is the one that has destroyed their way thinking. They have been used by other criminals as their tools to play games with South Sudanese men/women. During our war with the so-called cloned arabs of North Sudan, our Nuers cousins with our Equatorians criminals>>>

        • 7 February 2017 05:48, by Kuch

          And the Shilluks were used to kill our people and were paid with food rations by our cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan to fight the SPLA. These days though, they are being used by corporate America, the UK, the UN, the sleazy NGOs and some of their creeps in between to play games with our country and our people>>>

          • 7 February 2017 06:02, by Kuch

            the Nuers Riek Machar’ just want copycat Dr. Garang. You seen Mr. Kalo, how Riek Machar supporters even called themselves *freedom fighters* freedom from who? They are being used by corporate America, the UK, the UN, their sleazy NGOs and some of their criminals in between to toy around with our country and our people>>>

          • 7 February 2017 06:04, by Kuch

            the Nuers Riek Machar’ just want copycat Dr. Garang. You seen Mr. Kalo, how Riek Machar supporters even called themselves *freedom fighters* freedom from who? They are being used by corporate America, the UK, the UN, their sleazy NGOs and some of their criminals in between to toy around with our country and our people>>>

            • 7 February 2017 06:20, by Kuch

              Mr. Kalo, the current war in our country is an NGOs, the US, the UK and their criminals in between. Our country was almost sold out by low lives like Riek Machar, Lam Akol, Pagan Amuom, Majak Agoot et al to foreign criminals>>>

              • 7 February 2017 06:21, by Kuch

                We are here Mr. Kalo. Game is over.

  • 6 February 2017 14:51, by Yes for Nuer futuer-no for Reik futuer

    Pls guys we Nuer people we need to look for change, our people are getting more affected because of continuing of war, and more of our people are dying because we don’t want to forget the past, I kw is hurt to forget, but every war as an end,and the way we can end the war is not because we’re afraid to fight, but is because we love our country and the future of our people, pls lest give Taban a ch

    • 6 February 2017 19:21, by South South

      Do IO leaders need food or what? I am laughing at them.

  • 7 February 2017 09:04, by Awet Awet

    the gv,t controll area are much affected than IO area ,get on media u will see that all the area under control of gv,t are calling for assistant,your president himself need WFP food that is why he(president) loot WFP waehouse in juba,is not true that your government loot waehouse or false?

  • 7 February 2017 10:34, by Freedom Advocate

    Kuch or Kus, please take a break and listen to your mind.
    How shamelessly do you speak biasly as if you were a child or never gone to a class?
    The fact that civilians are starving is as a result of your waging war and killing of civilians you started in the name of an attempted coup.
    Before then, no one was depending on humanitarian aids but ordinary people were planning their crops. Idiot!

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