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New Twist After SPLA Victory in Mayom County

Bentiu, January 9, 2014 (SSNA) -- A combined force loyal to president Kiir has on Thursday recaptured Mayom County of the oil-rich Unity State.

Rebel forces loyal to former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar seized the county late last month.

The government soldiers were combination of Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA). The commanding General of SSLA soldiers is Major General Mathew Pul Jang, a son of Mayom County.

New development after the incident

After the government’s forces recaptured Mayom, they celebrated and danced. However, the soldiers mostly from Kiir’s home state, began destroying important County’s infrastructures (some of which are considered sacred by the county’s residents), gathered thousands of cows, and marched toward their home State, Warrap.

Subsequently, the SSLA commanding General Maj. Gen. Mathew Pul Jang was informed about the issue and that his uncle’s cows are among those taken.

Maj. Gen. Pul Jang was furious and began to sing war songs; from there, he confronts the government soldiers—the soldiers he recently helped liberated his hometown from the rebel forces.

The name of Pul Jang’s uncle is Gatdeng, a revered elder within the Bul Nuer Community.

As the episode unfolds, civilians uprising began and started their assault on Juba-backed soldiers.

Meanwhile, General Makal Kuol who is loyal to Machar came in with his force and took back the county, inflicting heavy losses on the government troops.

At least 10,000 cows are reported to have been taken by soldiers loyal to Kiir, according to Mayom's residents.

It is also reported that Maj. Gen. Mathew Pul Jang is weighing his next moves after Mayom’s residents turned against him.

Mayon County has been the main sit of the SSLA since it declared “The Mayom Declaration” on the 11th of April 2011.

SSLA is a former rebel group. The faction signed a peace deal with Juba in 2013 after South Sudanese president Salva Kiir granted amnesty to all rebel groups operating against his government.

South Sudanese Women Cry for Peace Statement on the Current Crisis in South Sudan

SOUTH SUDANESE WOMEN CRY FOR PEACE
STATEMENT ON THE URGENT CALL FOR PEACE
Date: 7th January 2014

January 7, 2014 (SSNA) -- We the South Sudanese women in different parts of the world, from all ethnicities and walks of life, brought together by the unfortunate events of the last three (3) weeks, dismayed by the continued deaths and displacement of innocent civilians, concerned by the increasing suffering of vulnerable affected groups especially women and children,aware of our collective failures as a people that has brought about the current unfortunate crisis, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our fallen heroes not so long ago, and guided by the principles of unity and humanity that will lead us back on the path of justice, transparency, accountability, hope, love, forgiveness, healing, and celebration of our diversity, culture and history; stand together as mothers, sisters, and daughters of South Sudan, in a desperate call for an end to the current deaths, displacement and suffering of our people.

At this juncture, we take the opportunity to:

i. Appreciate the efforts of IGAD and the international community in initiating the Addis talks, as of the 4th of January 2014, but note the slow progress in getting the parties to agree on cessation of hostilities as a matter of urgency;

ii. Welcome the AUʼs stand as stated in the AU Peace and Security Council Chairperson Report of the 30th December 2013, on the situation in South Sudan, particularly the appeal for immediate cessation of hostilities as a sign of commitment and stressing “.. the urgent imperative of an inclusive dialogue among all concerned stakeholders based on the rejection of the use of force, respect for human rights and dignity, the rule of law and constitutional legality”. (see articles 24 of the report);

iii. Acknowledge the bilateral and multilateral efforts for the release of the political detainees and cessation of hostilities, noting that over 1000 people have died and over 180,000 displaced as a result of this crisis.

As we continue to mourn the loss of our fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters who have died a senseless death; dreading the unceasing suffering of those faced with displacement, separation, violence, hatred, uncertainty, fear for their lives and the lives of their loved ones; troubled by the slow progress of the negotiations in Addis for cessation of hostilities to put an immediate stop to the bloodletting; concerned by the rhetoric of hostility and use of military force uttered by our leaders and member states in the region; worried about the fate of those affected and displaced given reports by the UN that relief is quickly running out; faced with the increasing fear of uncertainty for the countryʼs future, we the South Sudanese Women call upon:

Our leaders on both sides of the conflict, to show true leadership in stopping the bloodletting and displacement of innocent civilians, bringing a swift end to the current crisis through honest and sincere dialogue, refraining from hostile rhetoric and cynicism against each other, making the necessary compromises while upholding the true principles of democracy, freedom and equal opportunities, for the greater good of the people of South Sudan;

Our President, H.E. Salva Kirr Mayardit to stop the ongoing killings in Juba and accelerate the release of political detainees.

The international community and friends of South Sudan, most notably IGAD, the AUSC, the UNSC, the Troika member states, China and Sudan to step-up their efforts through:

i. Understanding the urgency in resolving the crisis. In this regard we call for the increased role of the African Union in the mediation efforts for a swift agreement to cessation of hostilities so as to end the bloodletting and displacement of civilians;

ii. Provision of relief and humanitarian assistance to the affected populations wherever they are, prioritizing vulnerable groups namely children, expecting and lactating women, the physically disabled, the elderly and the chronically and severely ill.

iii. Immediate deployment of an additional well equipped 5,000 UN police and peace keeping personnel for the protection of civilians and monitoring of human rights atrocities and the cease fire modalities to be agreed;

iv. Refraining from, and condemning the use of military force, or any such rhetoric that may aggravate the situation further by any member of the Region and/or friends of South Sudan, and stick to the path of peaceful negotiations; In this spirit we deplore the continued presence of Ugandan troops in South Sudan and demand their immediate withdrawal in the interest of restoring trust in the IGAD efforts.

We also call upon the youth and communities of South Sudan, in and outside the Country, to take the moral high ground and promote a peaceful solution to the current crisis, understanding that as one people our individual freedom depends on the freedom of our country men and women; that it is in such testing times that showing unity across ethnic borders makes us stronger as a people; and that it is the sum of all individuals in our nation that defines us as South Sudanese.

As a nation of significant wealth and a proud and dignified people, we appeal to all concerned to step up efforts to reverse the current situation and ensure a return to peace and stability in this new nation.

God bless our Country, its leaders and its people.

South Sudan Diaspora Network Statement on Humanitarian Crisis in South Sudan

Media Release
For Immediate Release
 
Deteriorating Humanitarian Crisis in South Sudan
 
Sydney, Australia, January 7, 2014 (SSNA) -- South Sudan Diaspora Network (SSDN) NSW is appalled by the unnecessary humanitarian crisis that has resulted from the current fighting between the government of South Sudan and forces loyal to Dr. Riek Machar. Aid agencies estimate that 200 000 people have been displaced since 15 December 2013. This humanitarian situation is characterized by people fleeing their homes leaving behind everything they own, shortages of food supplies and clean drinking water, fear, reliving the trauma of war, family break up, hopelessness, and the intensification of tribal divisions.  

SSDN appeals to the President of the Republic of South Sudan Salva Kiir and former vice-President Dr. Riek Machar to stop the humanitarian situation from deteriorating further by:

1. immediately ordering their forces to ceasefire;
2. including the humanitarian situation and its resolution in the peace talks agenda;
3. discouraging the incitement and participation of youth in waging war;
4. allowing the United Nations (UN) and other human rights organisations, both South Sudanese and international, to investigate claims of human rights violations that might have occurred since 15 December 2013.

SSDN also appeals to the international community to:

1. keep the pressure on President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar so that they bring the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan to an immediate end by cessation of hostilities;
2. provide United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) with the resources it needs to protect civilians;
3. donate urgently needed funding so that the humanitarian needs of the internally displaced persons in South Sudan are met effectively and their rehabilitation completed successfully once hostilities end.

SSDN and its member organisations condemn the violence and divisions along tribal lines in South Sudan. SSDN hopes that all the stakeholders including government of South Sudan, Dr. Riak Machare and his military and political allies, and the international community work together to ensure that the humanitarian situation in South Sudan is finally resolved and effectively dealt with.

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