Family issues statement on the death of three children

Subject: Murdering of three girls in Rock City Residential Area, Juba, South Sudan

Press release

August 5, 2020 (Thessherald)–Dear All, As family and friends of Mr. Edward Jami Andrew and Mrs. Gialda Gideon Juma, would like to provide you facts and occurrences of murdering of the three daughters of our brother and son Mr. Edward Jami.

The three girls, Noemi, Blessing and Faith, live with their mother in Rock City residential area, in her older brother’s house, Eng. Gandi Gideon.

In the afternoon of Saturday August 1, 2020, she left the kids in the house and went to visit her auntie who is sick in hospital.

On her returned back at 4pm, she was shocked by finding the bodies of her three duaghters laid in the room after being slaughtered in the house. And she didn’t find any person or any tools used for the killing of the children, but the room was full of the blood, the mother despite the shock, she manages to call the police.

Later on, the police arrived at scene of the crime, they closed the area for investigation and collection of any evidence which may be available and took the bodies to the Military Hospital’s Mortuary.

On Sunday August 2, 2020, some people were identified by police and currently under investigation and the authorities promised that they will release the results of their investigations as soon as it is concluded.

We also would like to inform the public that kindly disregard all the rumors circulating in the social media and some New Papers’’ articles.

Kindly also note that all information should be channel through concern authorities (Police and Prosecution) and the family of Mr. Edward Jami Andrew and Mrs. Gialda Gideon Juma.

Finally, we would like to inform relatives, friends and public that the bodies were laid to rest in their father house at Gueri residential area on August 3, 2020.

For more information and clarification please contact the followings numbers:

  1. Rev: Moses Mogga, 0916939730
  2. Mr. Wilson Sukiri, 0925369558

HRW slams killing of civilians by security forces over land dispute

Civilians walk past burning tires during a protest in Shirkat, Juba, South Sudan on June 3, 2020.  © Private 2020

June 9, 2020 (Thessherald)–Human Rights Watch, a leading rights defender, has criticized the security forces for instigating the recent incident that led to the killing of five civilians following a dispute over a plot of land in the Shirkat suburb of Juba.

“South Sudanese security forces killed at least five people in Juba on June 3, 2020 during a violent confrontation over a land dispute and subsequent peaceful protests, Human Rights Watch said today,” said the rights watchdog in its statement.

It called on the authorities to independently investigate the matter that led to the violence and hold the perpetrators accountable.

“The authorities should investigate thoroughly and promptly hold those responsible to account in a transparent civilian process.”

“Government security forces are supposed to protect civilians, not kill them,” said Nyagoah Tut Pur, South Sudan researcher at Human Rights Watch, “The authorities should ensure that all the officers involved in these unlawful and unjustified killings are brought to justice, through prompt, effective investigations and prosecutions.”

“Early in the morning of June 3, a violent dispute broke out in a public bus park in the Sherikat neighborhood of Juba between local residents and armed military officers led by Lieutenant Lual Akook Wol Kiir, a relative of President Salva Kiir. The dispute was over a public toilet allegedly built on private land. Media and witnesses reported that Lt. Lual and six of his officers, armed with pistols and AK-47s, opened fire randomly, killing two men and a woman on the spot, and injuring at least seven others. A fourth resident, injured by a gunshot, died on the way to a hospital,” the statement further narrated.

Last week, a group of demonstrators took to the streets in the capital, Juba, to protest against the senseless killings, demanding accountability.

Lual Marine, the ringleader behind the killing of the civilians succumbed to fatal wounds while receiving treatment in the hospital.