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    Uganda Admits Helping South Sudan Fight Rebels

    A picture shows an aerial view of a camp of internally displaced people in Minkammen, 25 kilometres (16 miles) south of Bor, Jan. 10, 2014.
    A picture shows an aerial view of a camp of internally displaced people in Minkammen, 25 kilometres (16 miles) south of Bor, Jan. 10, 2014.
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    Uganda has acknowledged its forces are helping South Sudan's army battle rebels, reversing a previous denial.

    A Ugandan military spokesman said Thursday his country's forces are helping to drive rebels out of Bor, the capital of South Sudan's Jonglei state.

    Earlier, President Yoweri Museveni said Ugandan forces took part in a "big battle" with rebels Monday about 90 kilometers from the capital, Juba.

    Uganda previously said its forces were present in South Sudan to protect and evacuate Ugandan civilians. Rebels had accused Uganda of fighting with soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir.

    In mid-December, President Kiir accused his former deputy, Riek Machar, of a coup attempt. Machar denied the allegations, but has called for the overthrow of Mr. Kiir.

    South Sudan's spiraling violence has left at least 1,000 people dead and an estimated 500,000 displaced.

    Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch says "appalling crimes" have been committed against civilians in South Sudan for "no other reason than their ethnicity."

    Kiir is an ethnic Dinka while Machar is an ethnic Nuer. In a Thursday statement, Human Rights Watch said members of the army killed hundreds of Nuer men in Juba last month, while rebels targeted and killed civilians of Dinka origin in other parts of the country.

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    by: Daniel owusu asante from: Accra
    January 17, 2014 12:29 AM
    Machar is a criminal and should be arrested. I am a ghanaian in 1992 when everything about our elections was wrong we did not resort to fighting it isn't that there are no men in Ghana but we did not want to destroy a country. We fought in the law courts for reforms in the electoral process although all the judges where appointed by the government, we used the press as well. There is no sense in fighting what about if machar wins this battle what is next you think the other side will not fight back. Lets stop this power sharing nonsense that is not the way forward let the military might in Uganda, Kenya etc crash this man ones and for all. He is a criminal why is he into hiding if he feels he is doing the right. God bless Africa

    by: Xaaji Dhagax from: Somalia
    January 16, 2014 10:24 PM
    President Yoweri Museveni arrogantly admitted that his forces took part the killing of civilians in South Sudan and that helped fuel further the ongoing atrocity based on ethnicities. Human Rights Watch confirmed without doubt that appalling war crimes were committed by armed men of Salva Kiir, Riek Machar and Yoweri Museveni.

    Now it's very urgent for conscious world and United Nations to stand up for the protection of vulnerable societies in South Sudan and set up, without delay, an independent commission of inquiry to investigate the heinous crimes committed by these criminals, Museveni, Kiir and Machar.

    by: big jog from: south Sudan nasir
    January 16, 2014 4:43 PM
    Two leaders must accepted the peace

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