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Fighting Erupts in Upper Nile, State Officials on the Run

Malakal, December 24, 2013 (SSNA) – An intense fighting erupted in Upper Nile State between warring forces of President Kiir and former VP Dr. Machar, the South Sudan News Agency has learned.

The fighting occured early Tuesday at about 5:00am, South Sudan local time.

Residents of Malakal reported that the Governor of Upper Nile, Simon Kun Puoch, together with few state government officials have taken refuge in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) compound.

But, Eyewitnesses told the SSNA that soldiers were firing bullets in the sky in what they believe was a celeberation of their defetion to Machar's forces.

The overall commander of both Division one and seven, Lt. General Johnson Gony Biliu, fled to Paloch. Paloch is a small village located between Malakal and Renk.

Meanwhile, Lt. General Biliu is believe to be teaming up with a small SPLA division outside Malakal and could be planning a counter attack.

The fighting happened between units of the SPLA Division 1st and 7th all stationed in and around Malakal, the capital of the Upper Nile State.

It has also been reported that Nasir and Ulang countries of Upper Nile State have on Monday chased away their counties’ officials who they believe are loyal to Kiir. The Commissioner of Nasir County, Dak Tap, is on the run.

Tension remains high throughout the country after president Kiir accused his political rivals of an “attempted coup”.

South Sudanese Coalition of Episcopal Churches Call for Cessation of Violence in South Sudan

Press Release by:
South Sudanese Coalition of Episcopal Churches (SSCEC) in the United States

December 23, 2013 (SSNA) -- As a spiritual body, South Sudan Coalition of Episcopal Churches in the United States is concerned with the level of violence taking place in Juba, Bortown, Akobo and other areas of South Sudan. As a body of Christ, South Sudan Coalition of Episcopal Churches in the United States strongly condemned senseless killing of civilians.

As a result:

A. We are urging President Kiir's government to declare:

  • Ceasefire and refrain from escalating the conflict
  • Protect all civilians across the country
  • Agree to dialogue as a way to resolve any political differences

B. We are urging Dr. Riek Machar and all dissatisfied parties to:

  • Accept ceasefire and/or initiate ceasefire
  • Adhere to principles of democracy that they are advocating
  • Protect civilians, respect their rights and properties in towns and/or areas under their control

C. To the United States and United Nations

We are appealing to the United States government and United Nations to:

  • Exert political pressure on President Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar and all opposition parties to immediately stop hostilities
  • Help establish displace camps and provide necessary security protection to civilians displaced by the ongoing violence across the country
  • Use their good offices to bring the disputing parties to a negotiating table
  • Help investigate cases of human rights violations committed by both parties
  • Introduce UN Security Council Resolution to strengthen UNMISS mandate and increase the number of peacekeepers in South Sudan.

Note: As a church, we are seeing ethnic polarization in South Sudan. This is evident in the division among the country’s leadership, formation of political parties along ethnic line and also evident in division in the country army forces.  If nothing is done sooner to mediate the present conflict situation between Kiir’s government and Dr. Riek Machar and other dissatisfied opposition parties, we are afraid that South Sudan will see a repeat of 1991 massacre in which thousands of civilians lost their lives and/or properties. Therefore, in order to avoid that from happening, we are appealing to the United States and the United Nations to do everything in their power to avert another ethnic cleansing from happening again in South Sudan.

Best Regards,

Rev. John Deng, South Sudanese Congregation Saint Paul Episcopal Church, Kansas City MO. And Chairman of South Sudan Coalition of Episcopal Churches (SSCEC) in the United States.

Jikany Youths call to Depose President Salva Kiir Mayardit from Upper Nile State

Press Statement
December 22, 2013

December 22, 2013 (SSNA) -- The leadership of Jikany Community calls on its youth from four counties of Greater Nasir namely Nasir, Maiwut, Longechuk, and Ulang to stage an uprising against Upper Governor Simon Kun Puoch and SPLA Division one (1) General Johnson Gony Beliew who still kept allegiances to infamous president who had systematically massacred Nuer Ethnic nationality.

The leadership of Jikany community worldwide is mourning the lives of children, women and men of Jikany Nuer who had intentionally been massacred in Juba on December 15-19, 2013 by President Salva Kirr Mayardit. The killings are still going on until today in Juba, South Sudan by wicked private presidential guards from Warrap State. It is horror crimes that will not be left unchecked. It is a time for tyranny to cease for pure democratic transformations to hint in South Sudan. Now, it will be upon Youths in South Sudan to expedite depose dictatorship and replace with democratic government guided by the rule of law.

The leadership council strongly calls on all youth from four Upper Nile counties to rise up and match to Makal to depose the totalitarian leadership of President Salva Kir in revenge of Jikany massacred in Juba. The government of the Republic of South Sudan has gravely slaughtered our children, women and men alike, and therefore, it is no longer our government.  It needs to go once and for all, so that it will not kill our people again.  

Finally, we urge all Jikany Youths with support from elders and leaders in both arms and civilians to act urgently to join Jonglei and Unity State without delays to depose wicked government of Salva Kir Mayardit. It is our obligations and dedications to fight the right cause of our people. We had been fought aggressions against Khartoum in order to be free. Therefore, let us take our convictions to remove tyranny regime of Salva Kir Mayardit, so that this senseless targeting killing of one ethnic group will not be the case anymore.

Signed By:

Worldwide Jikany Leadership councils

CC:

Nasir County
Maiwut County
Longechuk County
Ulang County

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