Monday October 23, 2017

IDPs in Juba Express Fear of a Possible Attack during the Second Anniversary of the Nuer Genocide

Bith Jonathan


JUBA – Fear rocked the IDPs camp as military personnel surrounded the UN Protection of Civilians’ sites across Juba.  Nyathiel, a mother of two stranded for two years expressed on the phone that “the PoCs are surrounded as soldiers loyal to President Kiir were spotted loitering around the sites for the first time in big number in many months.”

As many marked the second anniversary of the Nuer genocide today, the IDPs have no choice but to commemorate in fear thinking something unnecessary would happen to them.  They fear that the deepest problem they are facing is lack of a possible security because even UNMISS soldiers appeared pessimistic about this current situation.

“We told them that if they have no reason to deploy around the fence, they shouldn’t be walking around because they are scarring us,” she uttered.  When asked what did the UNMISS force says? She replied they seemingly and boldly stand guard as usual, but we are just scared because this thing may degenerate into something else.”

Part of the reasons that increased their fear is because they are less connected to Juba residents.  “It is like being in a cell in your own country,” an experience people that called themselves citizens any country could not have experienced.

With a chattered dream, the unruly President along with his armed force under Chief of Staff Paul Malong dashed the patriotism.  To them patriotism is to terrorize, torture, maim, and killed ethnic members different from Dinka people.

The violence displaced more than 1.9 million people to neighboring countries and some IDPs in their hundreds of thousands trapped in UN PoCs across the country.


Bith Jonathan
Bith Jonathan is an award-winning journalist and columnist. He holds a bachelor's degree in mass media and journalism from the prestigious kenyan school of mass media.
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