11 Injured SPLA Soldiers Undergoing Treatment in Nimule Hospital

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In short
A Source at the hospital tells Uganda Radio Network that the 11 were brought in by government forces loyal to South Sudan President Salva Kiir. he adds that Nimule town has recorded a high influx of civilians fleeing the violence in Juba.

At least 11 Soldiers of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers injured in fighting in Juba on Sunday night are being treated at Nimule Hospital in South Sudan.
 
A Source at the hospital tells Uganda Radio Network on phone that the 11 were brought in by government forces loyal to South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Monday.
 
The Source whom preferred anonymity says the soldiers mainly from Lutugu, Madi and the Dinka ethnic groups are being treated for different bullet wounds sustained during gunfire exchange.
 
The source says some of the injuries sustained on the limbs, thighs and stomachs are crippling. He however adds that the soldiers are already out of danger.
 
According to the source, Nimule town has recorded a high influx of civilians fleeing the violence several Kilometers away from Juba, the scene of the attempted coup on the government of South Sudan.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir blamed his sacked vice president Riek Machar for masterminding the coup. Machar has since denied the accusations.

President Salva Kiir yesterday expressed willingness to negotiate with Riek Machar to end the violence that has claimed over 500 lives in the newest nation on the African continent.
 
Meanwhile, none of the 12 buses stuck on the Ugandan side of the border has crossed the border in to South Sudan.

 

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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.