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Gunshot injuries still high despite S. Sudan’s peace deal: ICRC

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July 7, 2019 (JUBA) - The number of patients admitted to surgical units supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in South Sudan with injuries from violence remains high 10 months after the signing of a peace agreement, the aid agency said on Monday.

After their release, Prisoners of war line up as they board ICRC plane to Juba on 28 January 2018 (ST Photo)

ICRC, in a statement, said there has been only a small drop-off in the number of injuries from gunshot and other weapons at two of the facilities it supports since the accord was signed in September 2018.

According to the aid agency, 97% of admitted patients over a recent six-month period suffered gunshot wounds, an indication of the high prevalence and easy access to fire arms.

"We have seen a drop in fighting between parties to the conflict, a very hopeful sign. However, inter-communal violence—mostly linked to cattle raids and revenge killing—continues to threaten lives at an alarming level," said James Reynolds, ICRC head of delegation in South Sudan.

Women and children reportedly remain particularly vulnerable; with about 10% of patients seen from October 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019 were children under the age of 15, while just over 10% were women.

"Stability will be key for South Sudanese to recover from years of conflict. Any form of violence again prevents them from a normal, peaceful life," said Reynolds.

"We will continue to deliver emergency assistance to communities affected by violence, but we hope to put more of our efforts into helping people recover and prosper, not just survive,” he added.

South Sudan marks eight years of independence Tuesday this week.

More than 50,000 families, ICRC said, have received seeds and tools from the ICRC since the beginning of the year, but those who left home for reasons of safety will not be able to harvest their crops.

Latest figures from the United Nations show that an estimated 1.9 million people are currently displaced in South Sudan, with 2.3 million people living as refugees in Ethiopia and Uganda.

(ST)

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  • 9 July 2019 14:49, by Pakuai

    We have informed you losers all along that there is no more war. If you losers want a war, then follow us to North Sudan, part of Abesh (so-called ethiopia), Djibouti, Central Africa republic (CAR), Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, South Africa, Mozambique and open seas. We are going to bomb these vermin out of map once and for all. Reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM. Our cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan and their masters always ’attached themselves’ to South Sudan and South Sudanese people’ but there are some limits>>>>

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    • 9 July 2019 14:59, by Pakuai

      We tell our lowly informed South Sudanese that the current intrigue being played in our ’Kiirtoum (Khartoum) is just a ’show’. Then they will not listen. *Biafra war* was fought by the British on behave on Northern Nigerian terrorists. Boko Haram, ISIS/L, our own Riek Machar so-called SPLM/A-IO is a terrorist outfit, there is nothing called SPLM/A-IO in the first place. Jesh El lslam, El Nustra, Muslim brotherhood, El Qada, the US, the UK, Saudi Arabia and their gulf Arab states financiers, their israel attack dog and North Sudan are terrorists>>>>

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      • 9 July 2019 15:11, by Pakuai

        We informed our losers that the *British empire* was *propagated around the world through TERRORISM, INTRIGUE AND SCAM. And it was BROUGHT DOWN by the TERRORISM it carried out on other countries. Their US, their gulf Arab states’ financiers and their evil juus (so-called israel) attack dog have NEVER LEARN THEIR LESSON, but the evils are going to be bombed near OBLIVION. The creeps have step on the wrong people feet, us, the Dinkas/Muonyjiengs of the Sudan>>>

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        • 9 July 2019 15:21, by Pakuai

          We informed the creeps that their *Cicel Rhodes* train from South Africa to Egypt isn’t going to pass through South Sudan. Or their railway line from Egypt, through North Sudan build by British Engineers is not going welcomed into South Sudan, reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM. Who says, we consider English people, white Americans, Bantuses, your evil juus (so-called israelis), cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan and Arabs anyone? Who really says. Fellows, we are not equal with you creeps, not even in the slightest>>>

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          • 9 July 2019 15:33, by Pakuai

            Your dirty monachy and corporate criminals in the US have made alliance with *Saudi Arabia, the most terrorism exporter on earth* simply because your *monachy (British monarchy) and corporate criminals in Wall Street* will always *share the Muslim pilgrims to Mecca taxes even after the so-called Saudi Arabia oil is gone??!!. The evil juus (so-called israelis) have devised the same plan, Christians would go to Jerusalem or Rome. Fellows, be very very careful. We are going to bomb your nothing, reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM>>>

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    • 9 July 2019 16:09, by Anthony

      Pakuai

      Your confusing man. Why do you want to invade mozambique,CAR, South africa? What have these countries done to south sudan? Focus on development and peace not war with far away countries that don’t even border south sudan man.

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      • 9 July 2019 16:59, by Joseph Canada

        This retarded man called pakshit is full of his own ass.

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