SUDAN WATCH: South Sudan: 12th Aug - 3 killed, 40 missing after LRA attack in Ezo county, Western Equatoria

Friday, August 14, 2009

South Sudan: 12th Aug - 3 killed, 40 missing after LRA attack in Ezo county, Western Equatoria

Note these puzzling details in the following report from Sudan Radio Service:
"The forces that came were heavily armed LRA and probably did not face much resistance because they came in between the Ugandan Armed forces on one side and the Sudan armed forces on the other. So when they went towards the house of the commissioner they could not fire because of the Ugandan Army forces.

The Uganda armed forces were also thinking if they opened fire, they might kill some Sudanese Armed forces. So the result is they managed get out with being attacked, but at least 3 people are reported to have been killed.”
Here is a copy of the report by Sudan Radio Service, Friday, 14 August 2009:
USSF Leader Describes LRA Attack on Ezo
(Yambio) – Three people were killed and 40 others are missing after an attack by the Lord’s Resistance Army in Ezo county in Western Equatoria state on Wednesday 12th.

Speaking to Sudan Radio Service producer David Sanango, the leader of United South Sudan Party, Clement Mbugoniwia, described what happened.

[Clement Mbuniwia]: “What we know so far is that the day before yesterday, a group of LRA were able to enter Ezo from the Catholic church side, so they penetrated the town and they were able to launch a series of attacks within the town itself after which almost 40 people are reported missing and at least over 40,000 people are now displaced in Ezo county. Among them are 5000 refuges from Congo who were already there. 
The forces that came were heavily armed LRA and probably did not face much resistance because they came in between the Ugandan Armed forces on one side and the Sudan armed forces on the other.  So when they went towards the house of the commissioner they could not fire because of the Ugandan Army forces. 
The Uganda armed forces were also thinking if they opened fire, they might kill some Sudanese Armed forces. So the result is they managed get out with being attacked, but at least 3 people are reported to have been killed.”

[Sanango]: Can you describe the situation at the moment?

[Clement Mbuniwia]: “It happened from 5 up to 9 o’clock pm. They were roaming around the town. At least last night people slept well, but I was in contact with the commissioner this morning and he said the situation is bad, especially on the humanitarian aid side, as far as food, water and medical supplies are concerned. All the NGOs that were in Ezo were evacuated last evening so the situation is a little bit less tense.”

[Sanango]: Can you estimate the number of people who have been injured in the attacks?

[Clement Mbuniwia]: Around 30 to 40 people were seriously injured; some of them were actually cut with machetes, not necessarily gun shots.

Clement Mbugoniwia was speaking to Sudan Radio Service from Yambio.
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