SPLA soldiers occupy orphanage in Yei town
YEI (21 Sep.)

Dozens of children have relocated to another location after SPLA soldiers
forcefully took over their orphanage in Yei, according to a South Sudanese
church leader.

The church leader whose name is withheld for security reasons explained
that the children were moved because SPLA soldiers entered the compound of
the orphanage and occupied it.

“We felt it was not safe for orphans to remain in the compound because
soldiers occupied it,” said the church leader.

He estimated the number of affected children at nearly 100. The orphanage
was operated by an international Christian mission.

The church leader pointed out also that they have been blocked thus far
from sending the children to Uganda to continue their education. He
disclosed that they have submitted a letter requesting to grant them
approval to allow them to transport the pupils to Uganda.

However, authorities in Yei River State told them they needed an approval
from Juba. “They told us that approval needs to come from Juba,” the church
leader added.

Much of the civil population of Yei and surrounding villages have fled to
Uganda. Violence picked up in the area since July with reports of arbitrary
killings and arrests.

Yei River State’s information minister when contacted said that he did not
have time to speak about the issue.

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