Editorial: International Community Advice!
South Sudan’s Human Rights Society for Advocacy on Monday called for the immediate withdrawal of the Lou Nuer from Pibor County after over a week fighting in Jonglei State.
The UN estimates that between 20,000 and 50,000 have been displaced by the Luo-Nuer attack on areas home to Murle ethnic group. Violence between the rival cattle herding group has killed 1,000 since June 2010.
Lise Grande, the South Sudan UN humanitarian coordinator said that the displaced are without water, shelter and food. They are hiding in the bush.
Medicine sans Frontier, which ran the only health centres in the area, has ceased working in Pibor as two of their clinics were damaged and most of their local staff fled south with the rest of the population.
According to UN sources around 3,000 soldiers and 800 policemen were being deployed to Pibor. However, South Sudan’s military have said that an extra 2,000 police and undisclosed number of troops would be sent.
UN and government troops were unable to stop the advance of around 6,000 Luo-Nuer armed men further into Pibor county.
The UN and South Sudanese army remain in control of the centre of Pibor town they say but large areas have been burnt to the ground.
South Sudan’s Vice President, Riek Machar, said that civilians had been informed that they would be safe if they moved to specific areas.
Meanwhile the UN has advised the Murle population to flee the area.
South Sudan’s Human Rights Society for Advocacy (SSHURSA) urged the country’s military (SPLA) and police not to use force unnecessary or disproportionate force on the armed Nuer civilians but rather protect vulnerable groups.
We ask the South Sudan UN humanitarian coordinator, is that only what the international organization is able to do towards such disaster?
The UN kept all its years teaching us with is principles in protecting the international peace and security besides maintaining the human rights, and here in South Sudan it seemed that it is satisfied with its disgraceful and incapable advice to the people to flee the area, just like that!
Wasn't it better for the international organization to call forth all its capabilities to evacuate those victims?
Wasn't it better for the UN to give a blind eye and a deaf ear to what is happening in south Sudan instead of chewing its cud to come out with this disgusting advice?
The UN advice is just like carrying coals to Newcastle!
By Sudan Vision, 04/01/2012