Tonj, 20 August, 2020 / 8:56 pm (ACI Africa).
Days after civilians attacked a Catholic Parish that hosted members of the military within South Sudan’s Diocese of Rumbek, the Priest in charge of the Mission Center has recounted the ordeal to ACI Africa.
“Early in the morning, the civilians attacked the soldiers at the mission, capturing all the guns, including the army tanks (and) eight vehicles; 10 people were left dead in the Comboni school compound,” the Parish Priest of Romic, Fr. Ireneo Mayok Jongkou told ACI Africa Thursday, August 20.
Fr. Ireneo added, “The civilians were shooting in the compound, even shooting the rooms because the soldiers were based in the Catholic compound. We accommodated over 50 soldiers in the Comboni primary and the secondary school and that is why the civilians were angry with us and did not compromise shooting the mission compound during the firing.”
On August 8, clashes between South Sudan security forces and armed civilians during a disarmament exercise in the north-central Warrap state left at least 127 people dead, Aljazeera reported.
Among the dead were 82 civilians and 45 soldiers, army spokesman Lul Ruai Koang said in a statement.