CTSAMM Finally Allowed To Enter Volatile Yei Town, South Sudan

CTSAMM leadership during the Sixth CTSAMM Meeting in South Sudan capital, Juba(Photo: UNMISS media)
CTSAMM leadership during the Sixth CTSAMM Meeting in South Sudan capital, Juba(Photo: UNMISS media)

Nov 30, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– The Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM), which was prevented from entering the towns by local authorities las week, has finally arrived in Yei.

According to Ruth Feeney, the Senior Communications Officer for CTSAMM, their Team was allowed to enter Yei town today.

“Following recent events in which a CTSAMM team were prevented from travelling to Yei by Government authorities the team have since been allowed to travel to the area after multiple discussions between the CTSAMM leadership and the authorities.” Ruth said.

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Ruth believes that their entry did not come without efforts from CTSAMM which pursuaded Salva Kiir leadership to give them green light to Yei town.

“The CTSAMM team have now successfully carried out their journey and reached Yei Town today, the 30th November, 2016. The team will now undertake a five day mission in the area.” Ruth said.

The team will conduct five days field investigation on numerous violations of the South Sudan Peace Agreement and “Permanent Ceasefire” arrangement in Yei town and other areas

Yei and Mundri are some of the most affected areas in South Sudan’s Equatoria region. Many citizens have been killed here along tribal lines.

Apart from the political fighting between the SPLA-IG and SPLA-IO, Salva Kiir forces are also fighting local youth who have community aligned grievances.

While the government forces are reportedly hunting and hacking family members of Equatorian communities, who are alleged to be rebels or supporters of rebels, Equatorian youths are fighting back over marginalization, land grabbing and ethnic targeting of their people.

CTSAMM has experienced similar obstacles in other parts of the country, mostly in towns like Leer and Nasir of Upper Nile, where some of the worst war crimes and violations of human rights have been committed.

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