Displaced advocacy group denies attack on government position in Juba
JUBA (17 Sep.)
An advocacy group formed by members of the internally displaced
persons sheltering at the UN camp in South Sudan’s capital Juba has
denied claims by the government that some displaced people attacked
government soldiers at the Jebel Checkpoint area on Friday.
The body named South Sudanese Internally Displaced Persons Civil
Society Organization (SSISCO) was formed recently and selected Kilkil
Sammy Lony from Youth for Change Organization to head the new civil
KilKil Sammy, chairperson of the advocacy group, told Radio Tamazuj
that the government’s claim is an attempt to harm the
conflict-displaced people. “The government wants to attack and kill
the civilians who are inside the camp like what it did in Malakal and
Bor,” said Kilkil.
He further said the conflict-displaced families remained inside the UN
camp since July, saying they are all civilians without guns. Kilkil
accused security agents of failing to control the security situation
in Juba. He added that unknown criminals are reported everywhere in
On Friday, Lul Ruai Koang, spokesman of the SPLA forces, accused the
United Nations of harboring armed elements inside its camps in South
Speaking to reporters, Lul claimed that members of the armed
opposition faction allied to former vice president and opposition
leader Riek Machar attacked a government position at the Jebel
Checkpoint area on Friday morning.
Heavy shooting was heard around 5:00 am at the Jebel Checkpoint area
near the UN camp in Juba. Reportedly, displaced women were not allowed
to leave the camp since yesterday and that water suppliers also
stopped to take water to the area due to insecurity.
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