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UN condemns Baidit attacks that left 32 people dead in Jonglei

UN condemns Baidit attacks that left 32 people dead in Jonglei
The UN Special Representative of the Secretary General, Mr. Nicholas Haysom (UNMISS Chief)

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan strongly condemns the attack on civilians by armed groups and calls on authorities to carry out timely investigations to hold perpetrators accountable.

The mission expressed deep concern over recent reports of the attack in Baidit, Jonglei State, alleged to have been carried out by armed Murle elements resulting in civilian casualties and temporary displacements.

At least 32 people were reported dead, 26 others wounded at Baidit, Sunday attack in Bor, Jonglei state. Those killed, three children drowned in a nearby river, and 30 died of gunshots. Five people have gone missing, and an unknown number of cattle looted.

According to the UNMISS, the attackers also burned down at least five houses and looted civilians’ properties. People fled seeking shelter in nearby bush areas, and some are currently unaccounted for. The UN has urged groups and individuals to take immediate action to avoid further escalations to endanger vulnerable people.

“While the protection of civilians is the primary responsibility of the Government, UNMISS remains committed to supporting the authorities and the people of South Sudan to ensure the protection of civilians and to build durable peace,” UNMISS stated.

UN says all efforts must be made to restore calm, refrain from further violence, and promote peace and reconciliation.”Any surge in subnational violence will have a devastating effect on communities that have already been impacted by flooding, the COVID-19 pandemic, and recurring conflict,”

On Monday, some community members told Mingkaman 100 FM that they find it difficult to cross the river with their children, and their lives safely are at risk. The government of Jonglei also issued a statement condemning the attack and called for cooperation with Boma authorities to arrest the suspects.

Greater Pibor Administrative Area said security forces have been deployed to intercept the attackers at the borders before entering the area.

The UNMISS reports that revenge attacks and cattle raids killing remain among the biggest causes of insecurity in South Sudan after the political violence subsided following the September 2018 revitalized peace agreement.