‘Enough is enough’ -army commander tells Twic, Abyei violent youths

The SSPDF has called for the immediate cessation of hostilities between communities of Twic and Abyei along the boundaries of Warrap state and Abyei Administrative Area.

The call follows reports of renewed clashes between armed youths from Twic and Ngok Dinka over the last week.

Dozens of people are said to have been killed and many others have been wounded by the fighting that resumed last Friday.

The SSPDF Division Three Commander said the senseless fighting must stop.

General Gabriel Chol Madol asked the local authorities, chiefs, youth leaders, and the elders to engage the youths from both sides to reach an end to the conflict.

He stated that it is time to “sit and say enough is enough” to the circle of revenge attacks and killings.

“Let’s leave space to the government in Juba to work on the modalities. This is because there is no solution in the fighting,” he said.

Violent hostilities between the two neighboring communities is said to have begun in February this year over the ownership of land and a commercial center in Anet/Amiet area.

Dozens of people have so far been killed and hundreds have been displaced.

The United Nations says the humanitarian conditions in South Sudan have been worsened by subnational violence.

On Monday, the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan called on the government of South Sudan to implement the transitional justice chapter of the 2018 peace agreement in order to curb incidents of violence.

It said the violence could be tamed by enacting bodies charged with transitional justice such as; the Commission for the Truth, Reconciliation and Healing, an independent hybrid judicial body – known as the Hybrid Court for South Sudan, and the Compensation and Reparation Commission.

“Without these steps, we are likely to see millions more South Sudanese displaced or crossing borders, creating havoc for neighbouring countries and aid agencies,” said Yasmin Sooka, Chairperson of the Commission.