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University of Juba Nuer Students’ Open Letter

(For Immediate release)

To: Hon. Robert Deng, Deanship of Students
University of Juba

Juba, February 3, 2014 (SSNA) -- With deep sorrow let us, first and foremost pay condolence messages to the respective families of our all Nuer students of Juba University who have lost their dear lives as a result of Juba incidence of Dec, 2013/2014 against the Nuer. The Massacre which was started in Juba dated 15th -20th Dec, 2013.

Those, colleagues and brothers, the Nuer Students of Juba University encountered their unnatural death and intentionally killed by special forces, after they had been identified through their ethnic evidences as well as (University IDs) were found.

Therefore, what we can assure/tell these hearts broken families is to just endure the painfulness of having lost those young men (without offspring) in comforts and God’s name. It has never been cowardice for unarmed University students to be killed in a way they were murdered by armed security personnel. However, we cannot (discourage any Nuer to) stop telling the truth of being a Nuer whatsoever the case may be. Additionally, the Almighty God isn’t blamed for having had created a Nuer as one of ethnic groups, in South Sudan.

Dear Sir,

We, the Nuer students in the University are well aware that, University of Juba (UoJ), according to its calendar, had already started Lectures by its all Colleges—so we were in the middle of our studies when Juba Incidence happened on 15 Dec, last year. Which means, all Colleges or some (Colleges) students would have been finished and in their final Examinations this time. But because of those interruptions the University was automatically/indefinitely closed.

Nevertheless, we can acknowledge that, the studies or Lectures, course works are being resumed and examinations are approaching. Simultaneously, we the Nuer students in University of Juba (UoJ) were to be ready for lectures in January/February, 2014. But, unfortunately, as we tried/prepared ourselves to do that, we could only feel the situation wasn’t/isn’t conducive for us to attend lectures, because the same problem which has taken the lives of our colleagues and brothers is still increasingly facing us.

Hon. Dean,

To make matter worse, on Saturday (last week) 1th February, 2014, we have unexpectedly lost two of our students who were just on their way to the University premises, as they were going to check and attend their lectures. They were stopped by security personnel at the roadside, who asked them to see their IDs. When they presented their IDs to the personnel, written clearly “the property of Juba University and must be shown on demand”; they were immediately captured, pushed/snatched into a car- double Cubin and taken to unknown destination where they might have been finally killed. They haven’t returned up to now. For this very fatal reason, we would like to bring this problem into your attention that our lives are still in danger Mr. Deanship of students.

Therefore, we won’t be able to attend lectures or go for examinations during this crisis which has engulfed our country. We have, therefore unanimously, decided to hide for or in part protect our lives. A dead person cannot do anything but a live person, as long as he/she is alive can do everything in the future, including University studies.  Alternatively, we need the University Administration to put into consideration our up to date status.

We cannot forget to admire the University of Juba‘s Administration, all Lecturers and Professors for the remarkable management and cooperative behavior—services we were receiving while in the University. And a special thank and appreciation goes to Deputy Dean of Students, Dr. Adam Sholong for the great concern he shown to us in this trying time/situation we are forced to, by visited us and worries so much about our lives following the incidences. So Dr. Sholong you are indeed one of the leaders South Sudan needs the most and we will never forget the good thing that you have done to us.

Moreover, all our colleagues and students from different origins in University of Juba are hereby informed that what had happened is indeed contrary to our intercultural, intellectual and academic live in the University and in South Sudan as a whole. Only the Republic of South Sudan Government has all prerogatives powers to decide what it had decided. This shouldn’t either hurt our intellectual life or relations.

It had something to do with politicians as we could think all of us, a Political Party’s issue, but to our great surprise everything becomes and ends up against a certain ethnic group, the Nuer, which we belong.

Of course, there is no way for us to avoid all that ethnic identities.

Hence, we are just trying to evade a direct death.  That is why we’re now bringing up this problem of ours before the Deanship of Students and University of Juba’s Administration for further consideration.

We will be looking forward for your positive response.

Sincerely Yours

N.B this letter is not stamped because all our Association properties including, the seal of Association had been destroyed and burned in the Incidence.

Cc. UoJ’s Vice Chancellor
Cc. Principal

South Sudan’s Rebels Say Government Troops and Their Foreign Allies Cause Gruesome Destruction

Addis Ababa, February 3, 2014 (SSNA) -- Rebel forces of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army –In Opposition, said South Sudanese government’s troops and foreign mercenaries have caused serious damages in Koch and Manyiandit counties of the oil-rich Unity State.

The SPLM/A—In Opposition, asserted that combined forces from Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), Sudan People Liberation Army-North (SPLA-N), and mixed forces of Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) and its Congolese rebel ally M23, have all participated in the operations.

In a press statement signed by rebels’ military spokesman Brig. General Lul Ruai Koang, the opposition forces say Juba-backed force with its foreign allies attacked Leah and Padeah Payams of Manyiadit and Leer Counties, killing women and children.

“…Kiir’s Tribal Army, JEM and Bapiny’s militias launched sequential attacks on Leah and Padeah Payams of Manyiadit ad Leer Counties respectively driving thousands of women & children and elderly into Mou and Guiy rivers where unknown numbers from these aforesaid vulnerable groups had drowned. Women & children and the elderly were deliberately killed, also burned down were civilians’ shelters/houses & local government’s administrative centers, cattle barns, cattle were either looted or machine gunned and other forms/means of live hoods destroyed”, the statement reads in part.

The rebels also declared that their forces inflicted heavy casualties on the attacking forces.

“One Maj. Gen. from JEM was killed, two Brig. Generals from Bapiny’s militias were killed, two Toyota Land-cruisers mounted with 14.5 and 12.7 machines were destroyed, and over 75 were killed or wounded and their attempts to advance on Leer County were effectively thwarted”, the statement added.

In a separate development, the rebel’s forces maintain that government troops and their foreign mercenaries burned down Leer county and surrounding villages killing innocent civilians. Leer is the hometown of the South Sudanese rebel’s leader Dr. Riek Machar.

“A combined force consisting of Government troops, elements from Justice and Equality Movement Rebels (JEM) and SSLM/A militias advanced on Leer town on 1st February 2014 destroying everything on their path. Kiir’s forces burned down the whole of Leer town and the entire surrounding villages. The attacking forces also hunted down and killed women & children and elderly who had gone to hide in nearby bushes and swampy areas as well as destroyed properties”, the rebels added.

The M23 is a ruthless Congolese rebel group accused by the United Nations of committing serious crimes against humanity. The UN, in its previous reports found direct links between Uganda’s government and the M23. JEM is a Sudanese rebel movement fighting against Khartoum. SPLM/A-North is a banned political/rebel group whose main objective is to change the current Sudanese government’s ideology either politically or militarily.

The rebel forces also claim to condemn the killing of innocent civilians in Bor, Malakal, and Bentiu towns and urge the international community and other stakeholders to denounce Kiir’s army atrocious crimes against innocent civilians.

SPLM/A Youth League in Opposition: UPDF, JEM, and SPLA-North Forces Must Leave South Sudan

Re: Press release on the political detainees and the immediate withdrawal of all the Foreign Forces

February 3, 2014 (SSNA) -- We in the SPLM/SPLA in the opposition Youth League, wholeheartedly welcome the release of the Seven Political detainees by the government of Salva Kiir in Juba and reiterate our call for unconditional release of the remaining four political detainees still under the custody of Salva Kiir, led by comrade Pagan Amum the Secretary General of the SPLM.

The SPLM/SPLA Youth League in Opposition appreciated the efforts exerted by the IGAD mediators, AU, EU, Norway, US and the UK in securing the signing of the cessation of hostilities and the release of the seven political detainees.

The SPLM/SPLA Youth League in Opposition further urge IGAD, AU and the Partners to condemn the frequent attacks being carried out, particularly after the signing of the cessation of hostilities by the UPDF, JEM, SPLA North and Kiir forces on the civilian targets, which is against the 1949 Geneva Convention and the articles of the cessation of hostilities.

We condemn in the strongest terms possible the preposterous indictments of Cde. Dr. Riek Machar Teny,  Cde.Gen. Taban Deng, Cde. Chief Ideologue Alfred Lado Gore and the four comrades led by the Secretary General of the SPLM who are still under the custody of Salva Kiir. We know very well that these comrades are not indicted by the law but by Kiir because the whole world knows that, there was no coup and we are calling up on Kiir to reverse the claim indictment and indict those who have been commanding and still command the killing of the innocent civilian in Juba, Malakal, Bentiu, Bor and all the areas controlled by UPDF, JEM , SPLA NORTH and his Forces.

The last but not the least, the SPLM/SPLA Youth League in Opposition call  upon all the Youths across South Sudan and the SPLM world wide to demand the immediate release of the four political detainees, immediate withdrawal of the UPDF, JEM, SPLA North  and the immediate indictment of those responsible for the Juba Nuer massacre.

Cde. Puot Kang Chol
SPLM/SPLA Youth League in Opposition Representative

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