THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT (NDM)
Date: 4th February, 2017
The National Democratic Movement (NDM) condemns the continued targeting of innocent Chollo civilians in the (Shilluk) Kingdom by the genocidal and dictatorial regime of Salva Kiir. Yesterday on the 3rd February, as part of its military offensive against the opposition forces, the government troops shelled Wau-Shilluk targeting the internally displaced persons, captured it and burnt it down. All this resulted in the death and wounding of many civilians. This callous and barbarous act created unprecedented dire humanitarian conditions for the IDPs who are currently scattered in the bushes around the area. The most vulnerably affected segments are the children, women and the elderly.
Since the start of fighting in late January in the Shilluk Kingdom several activities of the humanitarian agencies that used to provide assistance to the internally displaced people in Wau-Shilluk and its vicinity have been seriously disrupted. The United Nations have suspended key emergency services, such as management of health clinics and provision of water, including UN Humanitarian Air Service to Malakal. Once again the National Democratic Movement (NDM) calls upon the region and the international community to provide urgent humanitarian assistance to the suffering people in the Shilluk Kingdom.
The current wave of violence in the Shilluk Kingdom and other parts of the country is indicative of failure by the regime and its ruling party, the SPLM, in addressing political, social and economic ills in the country. The corrupt SPLM political and military elites are responsible for the gross human rights violations and the continuation of spade of violence in South Sudan since the eruption of conflict in 2013. It is therefore incumbent upon all South Sudanese political forces to form a broader alliance to save the country from total collapse and Balkanization. The government in Juba and its ruling party are too deformed to be reformed and it’s only through the utilization of all revolutionary tools that South Sudan could be saved from political and social disintegration.
Long live the struggle of our people
Long live South Sudan
Amb. Emmanuel Aban
National Democratic Movement (NDM)
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