Wau Residents Protest Against Sudan Attacks In Raga County

Thousands of Western Bahr el Ghazal state residents have held peaceful demonstrations in Wau town to protest against the aerial bombardments by the Sudanese forces in Raga County.

Wau Residents Protest Against Sudan Attacks In Raga County
The peaceful procession comes two weeks after Sudanese Army forces (SAF) attacked South Sudanese army forces (SPLA) in Raga County killing 32 South Sudanese. [James Deng Dimo]

By James Deng Dimo

WAU, 15 January 2013[Gurtong] - The peaceful procession comes two weeks after Sudanese Army forces (SAF) attacked South Sudanese army forces (SPLA) in Raga County killing 32 South Sudanese.

The procession started from the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) secretariat to the state governor’s office where leaders addressed the protestors.

Addressing the gathering, state governor Rizik Zackaria Hassan described last year’s protests in Wau as a plan by the Khartoum regime to create chaos across South Sudan for the SPLA forces at the border areas to be sent back to the states so that Sudanese forces can occupy the border areas.

He urged the residents to stay away from politicians who incite people into violence.

 “Am telling you to distinguish such issues from tribalism, anything happening between two people will not be referred to their tribe identity. All of us are one tribe in government building this new nation,” he said.

The State Health Minister, Dr. Adil Atinasio urged citizens to denounce the barbaric attacks perpetrated by the government of Sudan in Abu Juku on 29 December 2012 and in Kit Kit on 02 January 2013.

He said the attack was criminal and a serious violation of international law and human rights conventions signed by Khartoum government as a state member of United Nation Organization.

“We want to make it clear to the world that the whole areas of Erre-Timsaha, Kit Kit, Abu Juku Balballa, Hufra Nihas, Kafia Gangi and Rodom are solid lands of Western Bahr el Ghazal state and the Republic of South Sudan,” said the statement.

Citizens appealed to the oil companies working in Sudan and South Sudan to pressurize the Khartoum government to respect the land and people of South Sudan.

They proposed an immediate investigation by the concerned bodies including the regional and international human rights commissions.

During the attacks, many people lost their properties and are displaced to other areas within Raga County without shelter, water, food medicine and security.

More than 30 women and children wounded during the attacks are on treatment at Wau Military Hospital.

Sudan and South Sudan accused each other of incursions into disputed border areas, in a new setback to plans to secure their volatile boundary and resume cross-border oil flows.

The neighbours agreed to end hostilities in September and to resume oil exports from South Sudan via Sudan after coming close to war in April 2012.

Sudan has repeatedly denied South Sudan's claims of launching air strikes.

South Sudan had initially planned to resume exports by year-end after shutting down its output of 350,000 barrels a day in January 2012 after failing to agree on an export fee with Sudan.

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