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John Agany Deng, Chairperson of Information Committee speaks to reporters at Freedom Hall after Parliamentary sitting on Monday, [Photo Awan Achiek]

Lawmakers call for deployment of troops in Upper Nile to avert violence

Lawmakers representing Collo community in the national parliament on Monday called on the government to deploy troops to Upper Nile state to end violence against civilians.

Rebecca Joshua, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) party chief whip in parliament, said the government needs to provide necessary security to protect civilians.

“We reiterate our condemnation for the attack and take this opportunity to appeal to our government to provide necessary security to protect civilians,” Joshua said during a press conference at parliament on Monday. 

Thousands of civilians were displaced in recent deadly fighting in Adidiang village of Upper Nile state between a faction of Sudan People’s Liberation Army led by Gen.Simon Gatwaech Dual and soldiers under his former deputy Gen. Johnson Olony Thabo.

 “We also call on our government to take quick and serious measures to apprehend the criminals and bring them to book,” Joshua said.

The SPLM chief whip condemned fresh attacks on internally displaced people camp in Adidiang island site, about 40 kilometers south of the state capital Malakal.

“We the Collo MPs in the legislature condemn in strongest terms the incident which took place in Adhidiang in Panyikang County, Upper Nile State at 2:00 pm on 8th September 2022,” Joshua said.

She revealed that most of the displaced people are mainly women, children and the elderly who are currently in dire need of food relief.

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