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South Sudan orders withdrawal of humanitarian agencies from Mayendit


Rebels protect civilians from the Nuer ethnic group (not seen) walking through flooded areas to reach a camp in UNMISS base in Bentiu, Sept. 20, 2014 (Photo AP/Matthew Abbott)
March 4, 2017 (JUBA)- South Sudanese government has ordered the withdrawal of the humanitarian organisations from the famine-hit area of Mayendit in the Unity region in preparation for a major military campaign, sparking fears.

A South Sudanese military intelligence officer told Sudan Tribune on Saturday that the decision of the government aims to ensure the safety of the humanitarian organisations because the areas in which they operate currently needs to be cleared of the armed opposition groups allied to the former First Vice-President Riek Machar.

“The objective of these directives is not to deny the civil population relief assistance. It is to create a safe environment for their operations because these organisations operate in areas which are not safe for them,” a military source said Saturday.

“They are the areas in which rebels of Riek Machar have been causing havoc. And so these areas need to be cleared. So these rebels need to be flushed out and this is what we are doing now in Lou Nuer and areas in the greater unity,” he added.

The special representative of the secretary-general of the United Nations in South Sudan David Shearer issued a statement on Friday saying humanitarian organisations have been told evacuate Mayendit area, while military attacks in the towns of Yuai and Motot interrupted their operations.

“In other towns of Yuai and Motot in the eastern parts of the country, humanitarian organisations were forced to leave due to the fighting between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the SPLA in Opposition. Their compounds and supplies were subsequently looted,” the statement reads.

“Humanitarian agencies and non-governmental organisations were told to evacuate the town of Mayendit in the heart of the famine-afflicted area because of the risk of fighting resuming,” it adds.

Shearer appealed to South Sudanese leaders to support civilians trapped in the conflict and famine-affected areas in the country.

“South Sudan’s political leadership needs to support its own citizens, who are in desperate need across the country and cease hostilities,” the United Nations Special Representative to the Secretary-General for South Sudan,

United Nations humanitarian agencies declared a famine situation affecting around 100,000 people in parts of the former Unity State on 20 February.

In the first two months this year, UNHCR reported that 140,000 people had fled into neighbouring countries, displaced by the ongoing conflict.

In addition, humanitarian agencies and the United Nations in South Sudan, who want to reach these people in need, are repeatedly refused access by local authorities.

“It is the most vulnerable in society who are most affected by this shocking situation,” said David Shearer. “They are the women and children who have fled their homes and livelihoods in terror and taken shelter outside of South Sudan or, in the case of many, in the swamps and forests, where their coping mechanisms are rapidly being exhausted.”

“I have only just arrived as the head of the UN Mission in South Sudan, yet I am alarmed at how little a response to the plight of these people has been heard from their leaders."

The international envoy underscored the need for a cessation of hostilities to end the suffering of the South Sudanese people.

“Those affected by the humanitarian crisis are still citizens of this young country, and they deserve protection. But the constant fighting shows they are getting none. Instead, they are bearing the brunt,” he said.


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  • 5 March 2017 00:08, by john akeen

    Yes sirrrrrr humanitarian org they need to evacuate from Mayendit and from all the areas that Reik machar Rebels are in it, because this Rebels of Reik machar they need to be flushed out from all over the corners of SS immediately, because they are causing insecurity in the country, I want them to be flushed out so that way the Farmers can go to their farms without any problems>>>

    • 5 March 2017 01:05, by john akeen

      people are starving in the country because of presence of Rebels or existing of Reik Machars Nuers terrorist in the villages, it causes food problems to the civilians in the country, because farmers are afraid to go to their farms to grow some food for the people of SS, because of Reik M Rebels in the country with they’re unlawful violence against civilians

      • 5 March 2017 01:29, by junubi

        this season no jokes no retreat they io must dance according to government tune since they refused to lay off their guns and joined national dialogue.

      • 5 March 2017 01:39, by john akeen

        National Army SPLA go-ahead and flash out those Criminal IOs of Reik Machar from SS and let them be run around like LRA of Joseph Kony with no place to leave in, and we will clear them out or flash them out from the internet or online media

      • 5 March 2017 20:24, by lino

        South Sudanese must read their own history with 2 opened eyes. When SPLA started in 1983, Khartoum wad thinking to flush them out and make things safe,but they pay a big price of doing so. 2015 Peace Agreement must be implemented in good faith and not by just implementing the reservations!!!

    • 5 March 2017 08:53, by padiit gaga

      Sorry to hear that from gangs how can the clear the rebels when the tried in Lou nuer area the losses many were perished, now the try in Mayendit the will do the same the just only let dinka of this twon to starving.

    • 6 March 2017 02:56, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Well, this is all out of war and citizens and NGOs must leave the operation areas. We, the South government needs safety of our citizens. Rebels must surrender within two months or face the consequences. Government is not playing with you this time. They must join national dialog or we will force them to join it.

  • 5 March 2017 02:19, by john akeen

    I got a question, if SPLA IG didn’t clear out Rebels of Reik Machar this year of 2017, then who will be responsible for it, G. Malong Awan or G. Kuol Manyang or G. Yau Yau or G. Taban deng Gai or President Salva Kiir or all the national Army SPLA didn’t fallow the order?

    • 5 March 2017 10:16, by jengelon

      Answering your ? All those are responsible but you must know that nothing call flashed out where do they go from there sure no where only one way lay down their guns,surrender & jump on board for national dialogue or die The IO must be eliminated once & for all after the ND There’l be no IO no SPLA on South Sudan People Army SSPA Get it

      • 5 March 2017 17:48, by anyanya1

        Brother do you think the language of threat will work what the meanings of ND its not threat but free will

  • 5 March 2017 03:55, by doot

    Humanitarian agencies should move elsewhere for their safety.
    They may take the orders for their safety.
    I hope, they have been trained about the safety in war zone for their own good.
    If they had training,then they should not ignore this importance instruction.

  • 5 March 2017 07:18, by marie

    This is just a political game. UN and other humanitarian bodies are dancing to the tune of the government. All these organizations are actually working in areas that do not have war. The government of Salve Kiir is using all means at his disposal to kill as many as he can; guns and food. All these NGOs know exactly what is happening, but they just muzzled their mouths to keep their jobs.

  • 5 March 2017 07:36, by anyanya1

    You think going to those places is easy like eating kisra good luck.

    • 5 March 2017 07:59, by Kush Natives

      What’s not easy about it? Tell us briefly, before you’re fed with your none complains that don’t bear any ground.

  • 5 March 2017 07:42, by Kush Natives

    Yes, I totally agreed with you all fellows citizens! All innocents and humanitarians staffs must evacuate immediately! The government is doing whatever it takes to clean up these monsters called themselves rebels in the country. So, that our vulnerable innocents civil populations are set free to go back their very own farm with 100% security guarantee.

  • 5 March 2017 07:52, by Kush Natives

    The RoSS government have its full mandates to protects her own citizens from an outranges criminals!

    • 5 March 2017 10:20, by Eastern

      Are the nuers of Mayendit and the Kakwa of Yei not citizens of South Sudan? Moron!!!!

      • 5 March 2017 12:36, by South South

        This operation has nothing to do with Nuer or Kakwa. It is about clearing out bad guys, rebels. We fought war for 21 years to liberate these moron, but they think that they will destroy South Sudan in our present, no way. By the way Eastern, There are Nuers who are not South Sudanese, but Ethiopia and there are Kakwa who are not South Sudanese, but DRC. Do you know that?

        • 5 March 2017 20:01, by Eastern

          Just like there dinkas of Abyei who are not South Sudanese but Sudanese...

          • 5 March 2017 20:49, by South South


            Wrong, Dinka Abyei are not Sudanese. Court ruled in favor of South Sudan to give Abyei referendum, but fake Arabs are sitting on it. Time will come when South Sudan claim that area. Unlike DRC Kakwa and Ethiopia Nuers, South Sudan will not claim them forever, they are foreigners.

      • 5 March 2017 19:29, by Kush Natives

        Eastern, you have a right to ask such a question because you none ideals of the borders. You’re totally less informed about the South Sudan’s political geography. I don’t want to bother you on this, because you’re not in the system yet!

        • 5 March 2017 20:03, by Eastern

          Kush Natives,

          Kuo, kup, Dow, dodidofodod!!!! In South Sudan, we have folks of your caliber claiming leadership, now you seen the results!

  • 5 March 2017 12:58, by Fair Man

    South Sudan
    Don’t underestimate the strength of your enemy. Come happy but go with defeats. How long that you have been trying to clear IO and you failed. Know that you can not flush out armed soldiers. As a tactic, a town can be left to by withdrawal and recaptured so that supplies are obtained from you. Tanks and APC pick-ups were captured from Anyoors. Bring in more please. Welcome!

    • 5 March 2017 16:37, by South South

      Fair Man,

      Give me the list of towns IO captured in last 2 years, zero. Why do you think rebels are running to Uganda? Because SPLA is clearing the area. Gone those days people play games with rebels, it’s real war now, face it, because you have been calling for it.

      • 5 March 2017 20:06, by Eastern

        South Sudan,

        SPLA-IO may not have captured any town, but they have and continue to give Kiir and cohorts headaches! South Sudan of today with IO fighting Kiir is not the South Sudan of 2011!!

        • 5 March 2017 20:53, by South South


          Wrong again, Kiir can do anything he wants right now without any question. Look how he created more states in the middle of the day. He can appoint anyone he wants in the middle of the day. What can you do Eastern? Nothing. What IO does, nothing. Kiir is ruling South Sudan. Do you know that Eastern?

          • 6 March 2017 12:44, by jengelon

            South Sudan
            wrong this time you stupid Kiir is ding slowly he is confused,Drunk messing up right now National dialogue NO National Payers NO National Fasting day NO flashed out Nuier No Kill All Kakwa oh nooo what the hell he’s doing Jenge you are in deep shit

  • 5 March 2017 22:20, by Fair Man

    South Sudan
    Just get some senses if you are a complete human anyway. Tell me, when will you declare Equatoria region free of IO? When will Upper Nile Government return to Malakal from Renk that they moved to since 2014? Why do your so-called appointed Governors, remained in coordination offices in Juba, if you are safe under Anyoor? We are not responsible for safety for any of Kiir’s folks> ASK?

    • 5 March 2017 23:20, by South South

      Fair Man,

      SPLA is winning, right? Our job is to push away rebels to far away bushes, let them live their with animals, we don’t care about what they are doing in the bush. I think Malakal is under control of SPLA and general Bol Bol is commanding forces there. All governors are in their states ruling their people peacefully. You talk internet, right?

  • 6 March 2017 09:14, by Lino Nhial Mayout Gong

    in facts we should not favorite we the youth of s. sudan, bt we re still saying that we wanted peace and supports from humanitarian agencies.

  • 6 March 2017 13:47, by Freedom Advocate

    South Sudan and the likes seemed to be confused with the current affairs of the nation.
    Ati, "flush out the rebels" that is not an easy job folks, that has taken us 4years plus now and it never happen.
    Anyway, story will tell, am not wasting time here for people like Kuch who are just writing lies here just for moral.
    You will soon be in a very deep shit sooner than later,
    Carnivals Jienges!

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