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In South Sudan, Ceasefire Monitor Killed, Kids Ordered Out of School in UN "POC" Site

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, January 27 – In South Sudan, a member of the "ceasefire" monitoring team has reportedly been killed, in Wau, and children ordered out of a school in a UN Protection of Civilians base, see exclusive leak below.

  Lt Colonel Fadil Meil Issa of the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Monitoring Mechanism or CRSAMM was found with his throat cut in Wau.

  From Inner City Press' sources, expressing concern about UN involvement in trying to suppress real news, comes this leak:

"“Good Afternoon SIOC, One of the FAO National Staff member who lives in the POC came to my office and stated that at approximately 10AM this morning the Troops who are designated to protect POC 3 went to the schools in the POC and stated that they should get out of the schools because it was unsafe for them to be there at that moment. The FAO staff was asking if I knew about this because he was confused if the danger is inside the POC or in Juba. This is the first time I heard of this issue so I wanted to inform you. Thank you."

  This comes at a time when the failures of Herve Ladsous' UNMISS are being raised, including in Washington, and is published in light of danger and the UN Spokesman refusing to answer questions. We'll have more on this.

On January 11 after South Sudan said that it will not, in fact, accept the 4,000 new peacekeepers for the Regional Protection Force, Inner City Press asked UK Ambassador Matthew Rycroft about it. Video here; UN transcript here:

Inner City Press: On South Sudan, the government say they’re not going to take the regional protection force. What do you think the Council can or should do?

Amb Rycroft: They committed earlier to accept the regional protection force. They are obliged to accept it, given Security Council decisions, and we call on them again to accept that regional protection force in the interest of longer term stability in South Sudan.

When the UN Security Council members met about South Sudan on December 15, the best they could do was extend the mandate of the UNMISS mission for a single day. Even then, there was already news of UNMISS having given arms to warlord, or “rebel general,” James Koang.

 Inner City Press asked US Ambassador Samantha Power about this on December 16 and she said she hadn't read it. On December 19, even while fielding a pre-picked question on South Sudan, Power still refused to answer. Video here.


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