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Fifteen S. Sudanese Refugees killed in Sudan

By William Madouk Garang

At least 15 South Sudanese refugees have reportedly been gunned down in the State of Sennar, Sudan.

This followed a confrontation by one of the South Sudanese who was hired to work in a simsim plantation farm based on an agreement between him and his employer to return them back on Monday after work.

Efforts to get comment from Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Juba proved futile as the known numbers went unanswered. A number obtained of the Sudan official was answered but he cut short talks saying “ l do not know”

But speaking to Juba Monitor yesterday on phone, AcholMalong a South Sudanese Activist based in Sudan claimed that a disgruntled Sudanese youth allegedly attacked the workers following a fight that led to the death of the owner of the plantation who reportedly refused to transport the workers back to Sennartownwhere he had brought themfrom.

“On Monday, there was a fight that took place at Madena suburbs, SennarState. A Sudanese trader came and took some South Sudanese youth from Sennar to go and work in his sesame scheme and promised to return them back after they finished their work,” Malong said.

She said that the fight escalated when Sudanese youth joined in and killed fifteen South Sudanese refugees in retaliation.

“After they had finished their labor the boss refused to transport them back, which angered one of the employees who hit the boss (employer)with stick which led to his death. As a result the Sudanese youth mobilized themselves and shot dead 13 South Sudanese and again yesterday on Tuesday they also gunned down two people,” she added.

She also added that people panicked due to heavy gunshot as the Sudanese youth confronted the police force and up to now the police is till hunting them while the women, children and elder people ran to the nearest police station for their safety.

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