More abducted children rescued by Ethiopian forces

May 16, 2016 OPINION/NEWS


Dukhan Jundit

Following the rescue last week of nineteen abducted children, the Boma State of South Sudan has confirmed that more have now been saved and flown to Gambella, Ethiopia.

The State Information Minister, Julia James, stated that forty four children had now been sent to the Gambella region in western Ethiopa, which currently hosts hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese who had fled the country following the outbreak of civil war in December 2013.

Last week nineteen children were sent back and were accompanied by Deputy Defense Minister David Yau Yau.

Minister James said that the lack of infrastructure connecting the areas where children are kept is the biggest challenge as rain is falling in the region..

More than one hundred children were abducted in raids by Murle army youths on 14 April at Nyinanyang, Nuer Zone.




Meanwhile, in South Sudan’s Sobat State, citizens have expressed their appreciation to the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, for connecting them with their loved ones in and outside the country.

Nyachuol, one of the individuals, talks to her brother in the Kule refugee camp in Gambella, Ethiopia. She thanked the ICRC for connecting them after more than a year without communication.

More than forty people have managed to greet their relatives in camps from Ethiopia, Kenya and UNMISS camps across South Sudan.

Communities recognized their relatives by seeing photos put in the files carried by the ICRC with their number attached.

Last year many people also managed to reconnect with their family using ICRC satellite phones.

The Red Cross is also providing treatment to seriously wounded soldiers from both warring paties in South Sudan.

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency, ADRA, is also providing protection and support to schools in the area.








Dukhan Jundit

Dukhan is a freelance journalist in South Sudan having contributed to numerous publications and worked as News Editor for InterNews Radio in the Upper Nile State previously.


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