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Government soldiers taxing IDPs entering and leaving Juba PoC

A handout photo released by UNMISS on December 20, 2013 shows civilians gathering outside the UNMISS compound in Juba, on December 16, 2013. (Source CNN)

December 29th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan government soldiers in the country’s capital Juba are taxing internally displaced persons (IDPs) leaving and entering Juba’s UN-manned Jebel protect of civilian sites, sources said this morning.

Several sources told the Nyamilepedia from Juba that they have been constantly asked to pay taxes by government soldiers stationed just before the entrance of the UNMISS camp in the neighborhood of Jebel.

“They are stationed near the main gate of the UNMISS camp. They ask us to pay for tax on the food items we go to buy from the market because there are none at the UNMISS here,” Nyaruach, a displaced woman who has been at the Juba POC since 2013 told the Nyamilepedia on phone from Juba.

Another displaced woman who requested not to be named said the soldiers would take the items they got from the market when they refuse to pay take or when they don’t actually have the money to pay as tax.

“These people are very inhumane. When you don’t have the money to pay for the food you are taking to your children, they will take it all and you go back empty handed,” she added.

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