AFRICA/SOUTH SUDAN - Wau is calm again although thousands are still sheltering in a church

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 armed groups   violence   displaced persons  

AFRICA/SOUTH SUDAN - Wau is calm again although thousands are still sheltering in a church
Juba (Agenzia Fides) - South Sudan authorities have imposed a curfew throughout the State of Wau (north-west South Sudan) after at least 25 people were killed in Wau City in violence against the population perpetrated by pro-government militiamen (see Fides 11/4/2017).
Humanitarian Coordinator for the diocese of Wau, Rev Moses Peter, told Radio Bakhita that peace has returned to the city, after UN South Sudan Mission Blue Berets security forces intervened. The priest said the perpetrators of the deadly attack were men in uniform and cattle raiders.
According to Radio Tamazuj people in Wau said the victims were chose for ethnic origin.
The radio quotes Natalina Andea, Wau Diocesan and Justice and Peace Commission coordinator, as saying that thousands, mainly women and children who took shelter in a church are still there. “They are without water, the weather is very hot and the children especially are suffering” Natalina said.
Despite the presence of security forces, people fearing more violence are moving nearer to the UN Protection centre. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 12/4/2017)



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