Skip to content

More than 400 people perish in South Sudan's Unity state

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/23/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Civilians killed on account of their ethnicity, investigators say

The targeted killing of hundreds of civilians in South Sudan's Unity state has been denounced as an "abomination" by the United States. The White House appealed to opposition forces and government leaders to condemn those responsible and bring them to justice. The death toll from the deadly sectarian violence in the world's newest nation has since surpassed 400 men, women and children.

Fighting continues unabated between troops loyal to President Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, and forces tied to Machar, an ethnic Nuer and the country's former vice president.

Fighting continues unabated between troops loyal to President Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, and forces tied to Machar, an ethnic Nuer and the country's former vice president.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
4/23/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: South Sudan, Unity state, massacre, United Nations


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - South Sudan's Minister of Information Michael Makuei says that the killings took place in Unity state and in the city of Bentiu. The massacre was carried out by fighters who arose after President Salva Kiir accused his former vice president, Riek Machar, of an attempted coup last year.

Hundreds of civilians were killed due to their ethnicity after opposition forces seized the town last week. The U.N. Mission in South Sudan condemned what it called "the targeted killings of civilians based on their ethnic origins and nationality."

Check out our fine selection of Bibles -- by going here!

The U.S. and the Obama administration was unequivocal in its condemnation of the violence. Thousands of people have been killed in violence since last December; more than one million people have been forced to leave their homes.

"We are horrified by reports out of South Sudan that fighters aligned with Machar massacred hundreds of innocent civilians last week in Bentiu," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a news release.

"Images and accounts of the attacks shock the conscience: stacks of bodies found dead inside a mosque, patients murdered at a hospital, and dozens more shot and killed in the streets and at a church - apparently due to their ethnicity and nationality - while hate speech was broadcast on local radio," Carney said.

Fighting continues unabated between troops loyal to President Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, and forces tied to Machar, an ethnic Nuer and the country's former vice president.

Machar denies that his men had carried out the attack and blamed forces loyal to Kiir.

"I contacted the field military commander in Bentiu who told me that such accusation is false. First of all we respect our people, and the majority of the forces are from the region and we can't kill our citizens," Machar said this week.

People "associated with the opposition" had used an FM radio station to broadcast hate speech in the town.

"With hate speech and violence continuing as they are, we're going to have an even greater catastrophe on our hands at the end of this year," Toby Lanzer, the U.N.'s representative in South Sudan, said. "I think the saddest testament to the current situation is that we have had members of all communities, even those accused of perpetrating these crimes, fleeing to the U.N. base."

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for APRIL 2017
Young People.
That young people may respond generously to their vocations and seriously consider offering themselves to God in the priesthood or consecrated life.


Comments


More Africa

Pope Francis arrives in Egypt to deliver messages of solidarity with persecuted Coptic Christians Watch

Image of Pope Francis will meet with Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria.

Pope Francis has arrived in Egypt to deliver a message of solidarity and peace to the people of that country. LOS ANGELES, CA (California ... continue reading


Egypt tightens security in wake of papal visit - Will it be enough? Watch

Image of Egypt's increase in security is now the

Egypt's Minister of Interior, Magdy Abdel Ghaffar, met several aides and security directors Saturday to discuss security changes and ... continue reading


Egyptian officers attacked near St. Catherine's Monastery - Pope Francis' papal visit is not deterred Watch

Image of Pope Francis to visit Cairo despite ongoing terrorist attacks.

Egyptian officers were attacked at a checkpoint near St. Catherine's Monastery in Sinai, one of the oldest Christian monasteries in the ... continue reading


Boko Haram abducts over 20 more girls - Will they become 'Jihadi brides?' Watch

Image of Boko Haram kidnaps more girls to become

Boko Haram, an ISIS-allied, African-based terrorist group, has kidnapped more girls. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to <a ... continue reading


The worst humanitarian crisis since WWII: Kenya is starving Watch

Image of Emmanuel Ayapar are two of Kenya's 20 million citizens facing

The United Nations reported the famine in Africa has put 20 million people at risk of starvation. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.