Hundreds Of Civilians Flee Wau Town

This article was last updated on May 25, 2022

Residents of New Site, Nazareth and some parts of town have moved to the Eastern Bank while Western and Central have move to the northern part taking refugee at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) compound.

Many people have been evacuating their homes carrying their belongings alongside children and women.

Local reports today say at least 12 people have been killed following the protests that took youth on the street in Wau yesterday with houses being torched and many losing property.

The state government has restricted the movement of people on the streets.

Addressing the army today at Wau main stadium, state governor Rizik Zackaria Hassan asked forces to maintain security to prevent any escalation of violence.

“Your mission today is to make sure that nobody is seen attacking any side. It is not also advisable for you incite or respond violently to the civilians on your patrol duty today,” he told the troops.

Hassan urged the soldiers not to take any personal property during their patrol operation.

Protests began in October following the state government’s decree ordering the relocation of Wau County administrate headquarter to Bagari Payam in Parajallah, 45 mile outside the main town.

The move was denounced by the youth rejecting the government orders.

Eight protestors said to be from Balanda tribe were killed by the state forces  from day 8 to 9 Sunday December 2012 in the first protest organized by county youth in Wau town.

Bagari Parajallah, inhabited by Balanda tribe is a village where 26 bodies said to be Dinka men were discovered last week.

In a retaliation attack by Dinka men, several villages including Hia Palata, Khalvario, Hai Kerec, Hai Jau and New Site were badly affected.

The burning of houses follows the last week killings by security forces where atleast nine protesters were killed and the recent discovery of six bodies of people from Dinka tribe who had been executed in the bush outside Bagari.

On Monday this week, Warrap state governor Nyandeng Malek held a political talks with Western Bahr el Ghazal state Governor Rizik Zackaria Hassan focusing on providing and maintaining security to enhance peace coexistence between the two states.

On Tuesday, the two governors held a public rally at the Eastern Bank gathered by hundreds of angry youth from three states Warrap, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Western Bahr el Ghazal states who stages to go for retaliation against their 26 men slaughtered in Parajallah.   

Seven suspects of the killings in Parajallah including traditional chiefs are under arrests by the state authority while investigation committee from council of states led by Hon. David Ukuir Akuey from Juba are at the critical fact finding mission in Wau.

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