The SSRA Is Calling on the International Community to Assist the Returnees From Bhar El-Gazal to Western Upper Nile

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from South Sudan Relief Agency

    ST. SIMONS, Ga., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- South
 Sudan Relief Agency today announced the following:
 
     The civilian population displaced by the recent SPLA attacks in Nyal-dhew
 and the surrounding villages in Western Upper Nile are returning to their
 homes from Bhar El-Gazal.  There is a great shortage of food supplies, tents,
 medical supplies and other necessities for them to restart life back in their
 homes.  The number of adversely affected people is estimated to be over one
 hundred thousand people, beyond the current capacity of the operating NGOs in
 the area.  This is an urgent appeal to all people of good will, INGOs and the
 United Nations.
     Our representative, a medical doctor, described that a woman by the name
 Nyagai Chatiem had to escape, leaving her husband and their three daughters
 behind because they are prevented from coming back to their homes.  She
 further reported that the camp where she left her family and had been living
 in for the last three months, is being guarded day and night by the SPLA
 troops to make sure that no one goes back to the Nuerland.  She added that her
 successful escape came after her husband was almost killed by SPLA guards who
 patrol the camp twenty-four-seven when he tried to escape with his cousin who
 never made it back to the camp or to the village in Upper Nile.  She worried
 that her husband might be tortured if they knew that she successfully made it
 with others who escaped.  Nyagai is asking people if she can be reunited with
 her family.  The people are hostages and are being used by the SPLA to demand
 more aid from the international community.
     It is a human catastrophe.  The SSRA is calling upon the international
 NGOs, the donors and the United Nations' operation Life-Line Sudan to help
 reduce the human suffering in Western Upper Nile and to increase their
 presence in the area while remaining silent with actions of SPLA soldiers who
 burned down relief centers in Western Upper Nile (Unity State) to encourage
 more Nuer people to cross over to their side and use them to make an appeal
 for more relief.  We are also calling upon international human rights groups
 to investigate abuses against those innocent people.
 
     Riek Puok Riek
     Spokesman,
     USA Representative
 
 
     Contact:  Riek Riek of South Sudan Relief Agency, 615-822-5774.
 
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SOURCE South Sudan Relief Agency
    ST. SIMONS, Ga., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- South
 Sudan Relief Agency today announced the following:
 
     The civilian population displaced by the recent SPLA attacks in Nyal-dhew
 and the surrounding villages in Western Upper Nile are returning to their
 homes from Bhar El-Gazal.  There is a great shortage of food supplies, tents,
 medical supplies and other necessities for them to restart life back in their
 homes.  The number of adversely affected people is estimated to be over one
 hundred thousand people, beyond the current capacity of the operating NGOs in
 the area.  This is an urgent appeal to all people of good will, INGOs and the
 United Nations.
     Our representative, a medical doctor, described that a woman by the name
 Nyagai Chatiem had to escape, leaving her husband and their three daughters
 behind because they are prevented from coming back to their homes.  She
 further reported that the camp where she left her family and had been living
 in for the last three months, is being guarded day and night by the SPLA
 troops to make sure that no one goes back to the Nuerland.  She added that her
 successful escape came after her husband was almost killed by SPLA guards who
 patrol the camp twenty-four-seven when he tried to escape with his cousin who
 never made it back to the camp or to the village in Upper Nile.  She worried
 that her husband might be tortured if they knew that she successfully made it
 with others who escaped.  Nyagai is asking people if she can be reunited with
 her family.  The people are hostages and are being used by the SPLA to demand
 more aid from the international community.
     It is a human catastrophe.  The SSRA is calling upon the international
 NGOs, the donors and the United Nations' operation Life-Line Sudan to help
 reduce the human suffering in Western Upper Nile and to increase their
 presence in the area while remaining silent with actions of SPLA soldiers who
 burned down relief centers in Western Upper Nile (Unity State) to encourage
 more Nuer people to cross over to their side and use them to make an appeal
 for more relief.  We are also calling upon international human rights groups
 to investigate abuses against those innocent people.
 
     Riek Puok Riek
     Spokesman,
     USA Representative
 
 
     Contact:  Riek Riek of South Sudan Relief Agency, 615-822-5774.
 
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