SPLA Wounded Soldiers Starving In Malakal’s UN Compound

SPLA soldier keeps vigil. [File| AP photo]

Citizens in the camp have said the soldiers are being treated in United Nations Mission In South Sudan (UNMISS) health facility but there is no food being provided.

“I managed to get SPLA wounded soldiers when I was working in the IDPs’ camp. So I found them staying behind the camp among some Nuer and Shilluk IDPs. They are suffering,” an aid worker who preferred anonymity told Gurtong on Sunday.

“Wounded SPLA soldiers who came to UNMISS are just being treated without food. Nobody is caring for them.

“When they saw me they rushed to me speaking Dinka Bahr el Ghazal language. I was about to drop tears and I offered my money which was not enough. It is really very sad,” he added.

It is not yet clear how far the SPLA soldiers who withdrew from the town after being overrun by the overwhelming rebel fighters on Wednesday have camped.

The SPLA and the Juba government have to expeditiously send some food to the wounded heroes.

Malakal was recaptured on Wednesday by the rebel forces loyal to Dr. Riek Machar with government saying it was a tactical withdrawal from the capital of the oil – rich Upper Nile State.

On Saturday citizens in the UNMISS compound said the rebels had silently withdrawn from the town leaving Malakal a neutral city controlled by no forces.

However, elsewhere another person said only about six soldiers believed to be anti-government members were seen in the town.

Those who have visited the town said dozens of dead bodies are seen littering on Malakal streets as almost everything including a bank has been

There were no confrontations in the town since the SPLA “tactical withdrawal” from the town on Wednesday.

Some suggested that the rebels might have gone to Akoka County that would be a great threat to the oil-fields in Paloch of Melut.

Paloch oil-wells are only 90 miles away from Malakal and Akoka being the bordering County.

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