PEACE­KEEP­ING: SIX FI­JIANS CAUGHT

IN SOUTH SU­DAN BATTLE FOR JUBA

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Battle is rag­ing be­tween two South Su­danese fac­tions me­tres away from the United Na­tions House in Juba – where six Fi­jians have taken shel­ter.

Five Po­lice of­fi­cers and a Repub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces of­fi­cer are amongst United Na­tions Mis­sion in South Su­dan (UNMISS) mem­bers shel­ter­ing in United Na­tions House. The vi­o­lence in South Su­dan comes just months af­ter Pres­i­dent Kiir, an eth­nic Dinka, and rebel leader Riek Machar, a Nuer, formed a new power-shar­ing tran­si­tional gov­ern­ment, un­der a deal to end two years of civil war . Some of the most re­cent out­breaks saw a UN build­ing at­tacked, and a Chi­nese United Na­tions peace­keeper killed.

At least 300 peo­ple have al­ready been killed in the lat­est round of vi­o­lence. Yes­ter­day Con­tin­gent com­man­der ACP Unaisi Vu­ni­waqa posted on Face­book: “To­day was one of those days in mis­sion. As re­ported in the me­dia, heavy shoot­ing be­tween the two fac­tions here in Juba, SSu­dan near UN House re-com­menced at about 8am this morn­ing, Sun­day 10th Jul. “It lasted the whole day and ceased at about 8.30pm when Divine Power in­ter­vened through heavy rain and thun­der­storm. Whether the shoot­ing will con­tinue in the days ahead re­mains to be seen but we urge our dear fam­i­lies and friends not to be alarmed as the Lord is in con­trol. “We are all safe and thank God for his protection for He is ever faith­ful! Many thanks to all for prayers of­fered on our be­half. Please con­tinue to pray for South Su­dan and her peo­ple and for all Fi­jians in Peace­keep­ing mis­sions through-out the world. “Luv and Prayers from our end! God bless!” ACP Vu­ni­waqa also posted a photo which looked like a bul­let hole with the cap­tion: “Be­low is just a small sou­venir on our wall as a re­minder of how pow­er­ful our God is! Our Shield and Pro­tec­tor.” RFMF chief of staff Colonel Litea Seruiratu yes­ter­day con­firmed that the Fi­jian con­tin­gent in Juba is now on high alert.

“As of 0600 hrs on 10/07 (Sun­day), area se­cu­rity alert for Juba had been up­graded. This was due to spo­radic shoot­ing that took place that night around Juba. “How­ever at 0830hrs, heavy shoot­ing started again near the UN House be­tween the two fac­tions (SPLA Su­dan Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army and the SPLA – IO Su­dan Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army In Op­po­si­tion).

“Five Fiji Po­lice Force of­fi­cers and one RFMF of­fi­cer are bil­leted at the UN House. All Fiji Con­tin­gent in Juba are safe but on high alert,” Colonel Seruiratu con­firmed. Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Bri­gadierGen­eral Si­tiveni Qil­iho said he has been in touch with his of­fi­cers and they con­tin­ued to closely mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion.

“Any decision to evac­u­ate our of­fi­cers from South Su­dan would be made by the United Na­tion’s se­cu­ri­ties di­vi­sion,” he said. The UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil urged both sides to end fight­ing and called for more peace­keep­ers af­ter a meet­ing on Sun­day. The coun­cil’s 15 mem­bers de­manded Kiir and Machar “gen­uinely com­mit them­selves to the full and im­me­di­ate im­ple­men­ta­tion of the peace agree­ment, in­clud­ing the per­ma­nent cease­fire and re­de­ploy­ment of mil­i­tary forces from Juba”.

Our of­fi­cers in Juba, the cap­i­tal of South Su­dan are posted there un­der the United Na­tions Mis­sion In South Su­dan (UNMISS). Edited by Rosi Do­viver­ata

Please con­tinue to pray for South Su­dan and her peo­ple and all Fi­jians in peace­keep­ing mis­sions around the world.

‘Smoke rises as gun­fire rages on at Jebel Ku­jur, near Eye Ra­dio and UN base. Photo: Eye Ra­dio Juba

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