Warrap, Lakes were ‘most violent’ states in South Sudan between February, May – UNMISS
In a report on humanitarian and human rights situation in the country this week, the UNMISS said that the ongoing ethnic violence in many parts of the world's youngest country has killed at least 444 people with 178 others being injured between February 1, and May 31 2021.
JUBA – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has said in a report addressed to the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that the country’s Warrap and Lakes states were the most violent states between February 1 and May 31 accounting for 44 per cent of at least 444 people killed during that period.
In a report on humanitarian and human rights situation in the country this week, the UNMISS said that the ongoing ethnic violence in many parts of the world’s youngest country has killed at least 444 people with 178 others being injured between February 1, and May 31 2021.
While saying majority of those deaths occurred in Warrap and Lakes state, the report said nine extrajudicial executions, causing 20 deaths allegedly occurred in South Sudan’ Warrap state on orders of a senior government official.
On April 26, Sudans Post reported that on April 11, at least three civilians were killed by firing squad in front of hundreds of residents in Warrap State upon orders of newly-appointed governor Aley Ayieu Aleu for shooting at a public vehicle coming from Wau which resulted in the killing of one passenger.
“Attacks carried out by civil defence groups remained the primary source of violence affecting local populations. Warrap and Lakes were the most violent areas, accounting for 44 per cent of the victims recorded throughout the country,” the UNMISS report noted.
The report said incidents involving the army and the main armed opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition led by First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny and NAS were mainly documented in Greater Equatoria, particularly Yei River County.
It further recommended the conduct of free and fair elections as provided for in the revitalized peace agreement to help end the ongoing ethnic strife that has threatened to escalate further.
“The holding of free, fair and peaceful elections in accordance with the Revitalized Agreement is essential for sustaining peace and building support for development,” it stressed.
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