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    Posted December 29, 2013 by
    Juba, South Sudan, Sudan

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    Jok May Have to Flee: Update December 29, 2013

    We have been distributing food items in the camps, thanks to Sudan Sunrise, its coordinators and its friends. The situation in the camps is markedly improving, though a Dinka man was killed in the Thongpiny UNMISS camp this morning, the circumstance of which i am yet to clarify. But some people are returning home, the UN has also delivered some supplies and discussions are underway to get the government's commitment to protect the people who return home from the camps.

    I also wanted to update you on the political situation. so you know IGAD has been trying to convene a dialogue between the government of Salva Kiir and Riek Machar. Kiir accepts to dialogue and Machar accepts to dialogue on conditions. we will see how much pressure will be put on them to persuade them to sit down. and even if they do, what will they be talking about? "power-sharing"? how do you share power within a single political party? and even if you share power, is this what it is all about? to get Machar back into the seat of the Vice President and Kiir in his post? This whole thing, which has killed so many Nuer and Dinka people in Unity, Upper Nile, Jonglei and Juba has now been reduced to a simple power struggle between two men. Should all these people have died just so Machar can get his position back? You see, this is what i have been telling everyone, no matter which ethnic group you belong to, that at the end of the day, your life is worth nothing in the great schemes of politicians who want office at all cost.

    Additionally, we are now being told every night to be watchful of possible attacks staged by the Nuer to avenge the killings that happened two weeks ago. This has produced a climate of tensions, where one has to be constantly on guard, making sure what the identity of every person wearing a uniform is. If you are a Dinka in Juba, then any Nuer in uniform becomes suspect. If you are Nuer in uniform, you have to always prove that you are not going to kill people.

    this fear has now been heightened by the reports of a gathering of Luo Nuer youth who are marching towards Bor, to take revenge on the Dinka there. Or perhaps they are going to Juba. The result is that thousands of Dinka Bor have fled the state and have either gone across the river to Yirol and Awerial counties of Lakes State or have tracked south, hoping to reach Kakuma refugee camp in northern Kenya. Many people in Juba have already left for the Uganda border, settling either in Yei, Nimule or proceeding to Uganda itself. Yes, South Sudanese, after the liberation of their own country and hoping to change their circumstances from where they were victims of the Sudanese state, are now having to seek refuge in foreign countries once again, this time around due to the fears of each other.

    So i might have to flee. Thanks for your prayers and for your support.

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