Ugandans In Panic After Fresh Fighting Erupted in S.Sudan

Ugandans living and working in South Sudan’s north western town of Wau are in a state of panic and fear after fresh violence erupted yesterday leaving several people dead.

The violence is said to have occurred after a group of youth blocked a minister from crossing to another province.

Many Ugandans are part of the civilian population that fled the fighting into the nearby United Nations Mission in South Sudan base.

The UN Mission in South Sudan says it has provided protection to more than 10,000 people who fled violence in Wau Town in an area adjacent to its site.

There were reports from civilians that UNMISS had closed its gates to those who wanted to seek refuge at its compound.

However, UNMISS Spokesperson, Shantal Persuad, says there are set procedures to respond to civilians in need of protection.

In a statement, UNMISS says it is currently negotiating with the SPLA for access to Wau town to conduct additional patrols to protect the civilian population in the town.

Story By Fredrick Musisi