Thousands of Youth Join Rebels’ Training Camps in South Sudan’s Upper Nile
August 28, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —— Thousands of youth from Chollo Kingdom In South Sudan’s Upper Nile State are joining training centers managed by the SPLM/SPLA-IO Special Division 1 Commander, Lt. Gen. Johnson Olony of Agwelek forces.
Many footages streaming from the rebels’ stronghold of Fashoda State, predominantly held by the Agwelek forces of Chollo community, have shown thousands of young girls and boys undergoing serious military training.
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According to the overall commander of SPLA-IO Special Division One, Lt. Gen. Johnson Olony, the youth are dropping out of high school and universities to join rebellion to fight against injustice and inequality in the country.
“Thousands of Youths have Joined the training Centres in Upper Nile many of them have dropped out from schools and universities to Join the struggle to fight for Justice and Equality in South Sudan” Lt. Gen. Olony states.
Gen. Olony reiterates that his Chollo community and other minority groups have been marginalized by Salva Kiir government in their own country, and therefore the youth are taking up arms to put an end to such marginalization
“Since the signing of peace agreement in 2005 Collo community and other tribes have been marginalise by the government of South Sudan, Today we are saying enough , this country is not belong to one tribe it’s belong to all tribes equally .” Olony states.
Vast majority of Cholloland, including Malakal, the capital city of Upper Nile State, has been controversially reallocated through a presidential decree to Salva Kiir’s Dinka Padang community.
The Chollo, Nuer, Fertit, Balanda and other minority tribes have strongly condemned Salva Kiir’s “28 states” decree that draws new boundaries without any consent from the natives of border areas.
The 28 states has reportedly fueled the conflict and created new problems including ethnic feuds between neighbouring communities, mostly, in Upper Nile and Bhar el Ghazal regions.
According to UN and humanitarian reports from across the country, the two warring factions, SPLA-IO and SPLA-IG, have forcefully recruited thousands of child soldiers in the past. While many child soldiers were rescued between 2013 and 2015 through initiatives of UNICEF, many child soldiers remain at the frontline.
Many attempts to impose arms embargo and sanctions on the warring parties to prevent South Sudan conflict from escalating have failed so far.