Following the renewed violence in Unity State last week, the number of IDPs at the UNMISS protection site in Bentiu has gone up dramatically. According to UNMISS, urgent military reinforcements are needed to strengthen security for the increasingly numbers of civilians seeking protection there.
General security in and around Juba remains calm with fewer road blocks manned by military personnel although atmosphere is still tense following last week’s attacks in Bor (capital of Jonglei) and capture of Bentiu town by SPLA I/O forces loyal to former vice president Riek Machar.
In Bor, capital of Jonglei State, the situations remains tense following the attack on Thursday 17 April by “Youth” on a PoC site. It was reported that about 58 people were killed and many more injured in this incident. The Government of South Sudan in press broadcast condemned the attacks and said joint investigations with UNMISS will be carried out to find and prosecute the perpetrators of this heinous crime.
On 21 April, UNMISS strongly condemned the targeted killings of civilians based on their ethnic origins and nationality in Bentiu. UNMISS also strongly condemned the use of Radio Bentiu FM by some individuals associated with the opposition to broadcast hate speech. While some SPLA in Opposition commanders broadcast messages calling for unity and an end to tribalism, others broadcast hate messages declaring that certain ethnic groups should not stay in Bentiu and even calling on men from one community to commit vengeful sexual violence against women from another community.
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