South Sudan Security System Collapsed, Raping, Looting and Intimidation Continue In The Capital City

Soldiers of SPLA loyal to president Salva Kiir carrying children bags they looted from UNICEF office in Bor in 2014(Photo: file)

Soldiers of SPLA loyal to president Salva Kiir carrying children bags they looted from UNICEF office in Bor in 2014(Photo: file)

July 18, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —— The security system of the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan, is at the verge of collapse.

The system that took South Sudanese more than ten years to build, as of today, cannot guarantee safety of civilians and their property even in the capital city, Juba.

Following five days of intense fighting in the capital between the SPLA-Kiir and SPLA-Machar, the national army which split between the top leaders, the army has been unable to arrest rampant looting and raping of school age girls and mothers even in a broad day light.

According to US Ambassador to South Sudan, Amb. Molly Phee, who spoke to eye radio today, “there is not security in Juba now. Looting is still ongoing in Juba”.

Amb. Phee regrets that South Sudan’s leadership is unable to provide basic security for lives and property, especially in Juba today.

Phee spoke after the army and security of president Salva Kiir ransacked major warehouses including the lifesaving warehouses belonging to World Food Program (WFP), and Food and Agriculture Organization in the country.

“The World Food Program’s warehouse is looted, Food and Agriculture Warehouse Organization is looted. There was a lifesaving assistance in both warehouses. All of that assistance was taken away”

In the WFP warehouse, alone, Amb. Phee regrets that there were over 4, 500 metric tones of food that was enough to feed over 250, 000 people for a month.

All that food was stolen by “unknown gunmen” loyal to president Salva Kiir and looting continues.

“It is aaaall gone. That could have safe 250, 000 people for a month. That is just unacceptable” Amb. Phee said.

Phee explains that US had to pull out non-emergency staff from Juba because South Sudan leadership has failed to guarantee safety for their own people. This forced President Obama to send in a unit of US marine to provide protection for Amb. Phee and a few other essential staffs who are still working at the embassy in Juba.

“So any problem we have in helping the people of South Sudan are not problems we created. There are problems because of the failure of leadership” she said.

“What we need for us and for the civilians is safe and secure envirvonment. So that there won’t be fighting in their neighborhood. There won’t be soldiers with guns, the so called unknown gunmen, you know this terible expression you have here in Juba, going into their homes and businesses, raping women and girls, and taking food. That needs to stop”. Amb. Phee states.

Because South Sudan’s leadership has failed to implement the peace agreement and stop fighting, Amb. Phee hopes that the African Union would approve IGAD’s request of foreign intervention in South Sudan to provide security for the people of South Sudan.

“We want to see this young nation not only survives but moving forwards, but for that to happen we need to see people get very serious about returning to table and abandoning military weapons as the way forwards. So we need to see more than just words about the implementation of the peace agreement, we need to see mechanism making the peace agreement comes to live”.

The leadership of South Sudan, especially the president and his loyal tribesmen, has been adamant that the peace agreement was not signed to be implemented, a call that was interpreted as the cause of 5 days dog fight in Juba between Machar’s 1, 300 men and Kiir’s over 20, 000 troops.

Read: South Sudan Peace Agreement “not made to be implemented” – Kiir

Machar pulled out his troops from the capital on July 12 to avoid further escalations and more fighting in the capital accusing Kiir’s troops of using civilians as human shields while trying to assassinate him.

Girls and Women Raped at the Check-point

As of July 18, SPLA-Kiir has continued to rape school age girls and women at the check-point while attempting to go to the market.

More than 20 girls at the age of puberty have shared terrible experiences today at thw UN base protection site in Juba after Kiir’s soldiers raped them at a gunpoint at the major checkpoints.

“Very sad news to see young girls of w/c most of them r under age being raped 2day in checkpoint Jebel Kujur by govt forces plus women after they out of UN camp to get some family needs in Custom. They ar seriously raped. We have received 10 young girls of 14-15 years in POC1 hospital n 12 women being raped this evening. Please pray 4 them. May God help them.” Said one employee of UNMISS on condition of anonymity as he is not authorized to speak on behave of the mission.

The widely spread report confirmed that the army, now known as “unknown gunmen”, is luring civilians , mostly women, using the stolen food items from the WFP.

According to eye witnesses the soldiers have set-up black markets at their barracks to sale the food they have looted from the warehouse; however, women who are non-dinka are reportedly raped, detained or could be killed in the process.

8 comments

  • Gai Kong

    Yeah it was absolutely true that over 20 females were raped yesterday in checkpoint.

  • Michael Lokung p'Awat.

    The truth of the matter is that the affairs of South Sudan are being managed by a discreet pro-Kiir Dinka elders, Not even Kiir himself. The Council of State or Parliament has any substantive power. What we have is an animal kingdom, period.

    Michael

  • Martin

    I wish and hopefully that south Sudan must be intervention by foreigner power to decrease the population of dinka and eliminate them for good

  • Abraham

    By the way some people don’t know how they will bring people together. Assuming if you are to be a leader, will you eliminate one tribe away from your country? Ok if we use that language of saying bari or Madi or Acholi or Nuer or any other tribe should be eliminated in the country, then what does it? Let’s try to be leaders be4 you become a leader. Dinka is not the only tribe in the army, in the government and many others. Some people who are not Dinka can rape young girls, women and then said those are government forces. Let’s talked sense. Dinka don’t hate other tribe but all tribes in south sudan are tergeting Dinka. Why? is it because a leader is from Dinka? If so, Dinka has to rule because they struggled for freedom n they didn’t left out those who are not been there, they still bring them into the government n they are happy about that. We shall see others leaders who will come next if we disturb our selves.

  • The situation in South South is worse than anything now as we all heard. Kiir the president is.responsible for such violation of human rights. He must be punished for that acts

  • Raphael

    the truth is fight in south Sudan is based on tribes,,two major tribes that’s dinka and nuer.secondly is that the army is not a national army it’s a tribal army that’s why dinka army force are fighting nuer army force,, solution is to build non political army force,,,, and all army officers be bared from politics,by doing so s.Sudan will be the best among east Africa nation.

    • Concerned Sudanese

      Your idea of building a National Army away from tribalism is good. However، that and many other stabilizing institutions could have been built, if the transition period under CPA was 10 or 15 years (not 6 years) before South separated from the Sudan.

      Who is to blame? Mostly the US and other Western powers who were itching to separate the South in the shortest possible time, without consideration to the socio-ecominic and ethnic realities of South Sudan.
      God Bless the People of South Sudan

  • opoka

    why are other 60 tribes silent? Stand up and build national army to avoid recurrent of this event.