New rebel group formed as instability spreads in South Sudan
Jan 05, 2017 (Nyamilepedia) — A new rebel group has emerged in South Sudan calling itself the National Resistance Front/Army (NRA) as chaos spreads through the young but war ravaged nation.
The new rebel group that has vowed to fight the current government of Salva Kiir until it’s overthrown is believed to be lead by a former commissioner from Yei County Cosmas Bidali Wori-Kojo.
Yei county has seen some of the worst fighting and atrocities since South Sudan peace agreement collapsed in July 2016 after forces loyal to president Salva Kiir attacked the main armed opposition leader Dr Riek’s assembly areas in Juba causing the opposition figure to leave the country.
Government forces have been accused of committing atrocities amounting to genocide across the country especially in Yie county area were they murdered civilians, killed women and children and rape women and young girls.
UN human rights chief has recently said that human rights violations was occurring within South Sudan war and warned the atrocities could lead to a genocide.
Speaking to media from the jungle of central Equatoria the new rebel group’s commander Cosmas Bidali Wori-Kojo said the group would fight until the current regime is removed and unite the people of South Sudan.
“The current regime has failed … (the people and country). The people of South Sudan must understand that the current regime has caused the ongoing suffering, they should also understand that they must support a government that can serve them” Bedal told the media.
Bedal has warned that the new rebel group had forces in several regions including Western and central Equatoria region, Upper Nile region and also in the Western Bahr el Ghazal region, however the rebel leader refused to disclose the exact location of his forces for security reasons.
“Now I am living in the bush, we have forces, but I cannot tell you the number of the forces I have now because it is a secret.” the rebel commander said.
The rebel commander said his group was not part of the SPLM-IO loyal to Dr Riek but would work with all forces opposed to president Salva kiir’s regime.