Stranded SPLA-IO soldiers in Al-Meiram threaten to join Kiir
AL-MEIRAM (17 Sep.)

Hundreds of stranded SPLA-IO soldiers allied to South Sudan’s former
vice president and prominent opposition leader Riek Machar in
Al-Meiram locality in Sudan’s West Kordofan State are threatening to
join Salva Kiir’s army.

Col. Margaret Thomas told Radio Tamazuj on Friday that hundreds of
SPLA-IO soldiers under command of Maj. Gen.Deng Deng Kuol are
currently stranded in the west of Al-Meiram town, amid harsh
humanitarian conditions.

Margaret accused senior commanders of the armed opposition faction of
evacuating dozens of Nuer soldiers after signing of the peace deal in
August 2015. She claimed that all SPLA-IO soldiers who hail from
Western Bahr el Ghazal were left in Al-Meiram area without food and
medicines.

"If Machar is unable to care for his troops, then he should inform us
so that we can join SPLA army led by Kiir or any leader who can take
care of us," said Margaret.

 The armed opposition officer further said the stranded SPLA-IO
soldiers in the west of Al-Meiram town participated in military
operations against Kiir’s government in March 2015.

Meanwhile, Lt. Emmanuel Kuol complained about worsening humanitarian
conditions in the west of Al-Meiram town. He pointed out that they
lived in the bush for more than three years behind the rebel leader
Riek Machar.

Radio Tamazuj couldn’t reach SPLA-IO commanders to comment on their
soldier’s claim in Al-Meiram locality.

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