The question of child soldiers involve in a current just war for freedom and accountability for 20,000 Nuer civilians

Thiang Nuer Youth Association,

Statement.

This is to inform the media houses and the International right bodies that the Arms which are now in the hands of warriors Nuer Youth or White Army came as result of those more than 20,000 civilians’ carnage in South Sudan by Salva Kiir’s militias. And defend against the obvious possible extensions to Nuer residential areas like Greater Akobo, Nasir, Bentiu and Fangak. Yes there are some hundreds Nuer Youth—White Army child soldiers members but from 16 years of age and above who are currently fighting alongside the SPLM/A—Resistance Movement.

However, the notion that those members, who are defending and fighting for their people (South Sudanese) rights, should be exempt from services; would be a premature thinking. The first thing to note here, in the first place should revolve around the basic reason as to why these young patriotic warriors decided to wage a just war.

They are there to halted well-planned annihilation against their ethnic group and now decided to find a final solution to a neocolonial by a clique mistreating all South Sudanese people. Read letters written by Puk Goar on 14 April 2014, one of those young fighters and understand why these young fighters took up arms. Without the strong resistance exerted by the SPLM/A gallant forces supported by these youths—the White Army against the UPDF, Dootku Beny militia, JEM, SPLA-N and SSLA our people in Greater Upper Nile would have been slaughtered by the UPDF and all foreign allied forces.

Our say on the six round of talk currently underway in Ethiopia: The Thiang Nuer Youths are standing behind and support the SPLM/A under the wise leadership of Dr. Riek Machar on the National programs the Resistance Movement is fighting for. Especially, the demand for basic reforms in all public institutions, federal system of governance and more importantly the need to address the root causes of the conflict before the formation of the so-called Transitional Government of National Unity.

Addressing the root causes of the conflict is what we wanted, before any other thing else. We would want to know why our people in their thousands were killed—more than 20,000 Nuer civilians in Juba. This is what the Association’s leadership; the Thiang Nuer Youth Association (TNYA) stands for.

Therefore, on behalf of Nuer Youth Union and on behalf of Thiang Nuer Youth Association (TNYA) I would like to reiterate one thing: All decided members of the White Army (WAR) particularly those at the age of 16 and above must continue in the WAR services until the killer of those more than 20,000 Naath innocent slaughtered children, women and elderly is finally held responsible and all South Sudanese people are totally freed from the current state of oppression.

Bol Tut

Secretary for Information and Public Relation

Thiang Nuer Youth Association (TNYA)

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