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KHARTOUM - 10 Jun 2019

South Sudan embassy says closely monitoring situation in Khartoum

File photo:  South Sudan’s Ambassador to Khartoum, Mayen Dut
File photo: South Sudan’s Ambassador to Khartoum, Mayen Dut

South Sudan’s Embassy in Sudan says it is closely monitoring developments in Khartoum where South Sudanese nationals have been complaining of insecurity.

Mayen Dut Wol, South Sudan’s Ambassador to Khartoum, told Radio Tamazuj on Monday that the embassy was monitoring the situation of South Sudanese nationals who are living in the Sudanese capital.

He pointed out that the embassy is ready to offer any assistance to its citizens. “South Sudanese here have reported cases of insecurity in Kalakla neighborhood, but we talked to the transitional military council and they provided security,” he said.

“There were also attacks on South Sudanese nationals in Kalakla but the police arrested those attackers. Some South Sudanese were taken to Ibrahim Malik Hospital and Turkish Hospital after being attacked,” he said.

The South Sudanese diplomat says they have not yet assessed the number of South Sudanese citizens who witnessed insecurity situations in Khartoum.

“We are working to know the number of South Sudanese who are in prisons. There is a committee working to compile a report,” he said.

Mayen noted that the embassy has opened a hotline to assist its citizens, pointing out that they are also in contact with chiefs in refugee camps.

He pointed out that the South Sudanese embassy is working normally, despite the civil disobedience campaign that left streets in Khartoum largely deserted.

Last week, the African Union (AU) suspended Sudan's membership days after the army launched a deadly crackdown on protesters that killed dozens of people.

At least 108 people were killed and more than 500 wounded, according to the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors (CCSD), while health ministry officials said the death toll stood at 61.