South Sudan Refugees In Uganda Appeal To President Kiir To End War

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The South Sudanese refugees who live in camps at Kiryadongo and Rhino Camp in West Nile say the failure by President Kiir to sign the peace deal will cause more blood shade in the country.

A group of South Sudanese refugees currently living in Uganda have appealed to President Salva Kiir's to sign the peace agreement with the rebels so that conflict in the country comes to an end.
 
In an interview with URN in Kampala, a number of South Sudanese refugees who live in camps at Kiryadongo and Rhino Camp in West Nile say the failure by President Kiir to sign the peace deal will cause more blood shade in the country.

Koang Gatwech, the chairman of the refugees in Kiryandongo settlement camp, said President Kiir should have taken the lead in efforts to bring peace and stability in the country because the conflict is about him.
 
He says the failure by the President to sign the peace agreement clearly shows that he is not committed and yet some of them who want to go back to the country are facing a lot of challenges in the camps.

Gatwech urged the international community not to sit back and only watch the untold suffering being meted onto the South Sudanese because of the two people fighting for power.
 
President Kiir, on Monday, declined to sign the peace deal brokered by regional mediators. However the agreement was signed by the armed opposition leader, who was the former Vice President Riek Machar and the representative of the country's ex-political detainees, Pagan Amum.

Machar Turoal, another refugee criticized the international community's for failing to force President Kiir to abide by the August 17 deadline given for the warring parties to sign the deal to end the war.
 
Scovia Apache, who lives in Rhino Camp, says she is worried with the trend the peace talks are taking because more refugees have continued to arrive in Uganda and yet they were eager to return to the country.
 
According to the office of the Prime Minister (OPM) officials in West Nile in the last two weeks more than 100 South Sudanese refugees have been received in Arua and Adjumani respectively. This is after renewed fighting started in Western Equatoria state.

Solomon Osakan, the refugee desk officer at the Arua Office of the Prime Minister says the latest unrest in the state resulted from the Dinka nomads grazing their cattle in residents' crop gardens, prompting an armed response from the cultivators in Maridi and Mundri counties.

 

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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.