Upper Nile Government Buries Rotting Bodies

South Sudan massacre: wounded survivors treated at shelter. [Photo | The Guardian]

Hon. Philip Jiben Ogal said there are scores of dead bodies in every part of Malakal, which need to be buried to make Malakal a decent town again.

He said human skeletons are spread everywhere in town due to the current ongoing armed conflict in South Sudan that has so much affected Upper Nile State and more especially, Malakal town.

Jiben said: “We have so far started collecting bones and bodies in Malakal town. Organizations like Red Cross are helping us and very soon we will complete the job.”

Jiben appealed to all residents and youth in the town to volunteer and detect all the places around residential areas where bones are found and show it to government and organizations engaged in burial.

Malakal has switched hands with rivaling forces six times with rebels and government loyalists.   

This is the third time government launches the campaign to collect bodies for mass burial in the town.

Agencies have recently reported that over one million persons have been displaced due to the on-going armed conflict in South Sudan and 10, 000 others have been killed.

A number of 803, 200 South Sudanese have been displaced within the country and another 254, 000 have fled to the neighbouring countries including Sudan according to the latest UN report.

South Sudan since Mid-December has witnesses an internal armed conflict which was sparked by the internal power struggle within the ruling SPLM party pitting armed loyalists of President Kiir and his former deputy Dr. Riek Machar.

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