South Sudan Interior Minister Doubts UNMISS Peacekeeper’s Role In Jonglei State

South Sudan Interior Minister Aleu Ayieny Aleu. [File]

“I don’t know what the UNMISS is doing in Jonglei,” Aleu questioned as he spoke to delegates at the Governor’s Forum concluded yesterday in Juba.

Despite deployment of the UNMISS Peacekeepers in Jonglei, successive attacks by rebels and inter-ethnic conflicts have continuously taken place killing hundreds and displacing thousands of innocent citizens.

Nearly 80 people mainly children and women were killed in Jonglei during recent attacks in which the minister said the situation questions the role of the UNMISS peacekeepers deployed in the State though analysts also accused government of failing to protect citizens in the state by deploying enough forces.

Following the attacks, citizens of Jonglei including the religious leaders last month called on the Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG), Hilde F. Johnson, to quit his position in the country accusing her of not performing.

Aleu called for massive campaign on the Jonglei Crisis during the forum, proposing that a special government institution be established to only address Jonglei affairs in an effort to try minimize the crisis.

“The problem of Jonglei is not the problem of Jonglei alone. As such, it must be addressed as a national issue,” Aleu stressed.

Since the end of the civil war in 2005 and consequent restoration of peace, instability in Jonglei has remained a critical challenge questioning the role of the government and its partners in restoring peace in the country.

Thousands of innocent citizens have since lost their lives as a result of attacks by rebels and inter-ethnic conflicts.  

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