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Kajo-keji, 25 November 2017; From various sources in Kajo-keji this report has learnt with deepest sadness about the beheading of three young men in Kajo-keji Counties by government forces. The gruesome killing of the three young men who were returning from Uganda according to various sources happened on late Friday afternoon. 

While contacted by this reporter, Col Gabriel Lam Paul the deputy military spokesperson of SPLA-IO under the leadership of the deposed former vice President Dr. Riek Machar said, "the government forces based in Jale (Kajo Keji) slaughtered four civilians- three (3) South Sudanese and one Ugandan from Moyo District- in between Afoji and Jale border crossing" Col Lam further said," two people including the Ugandan died instantly and the remaining two are in critical conditions in a hospital in Moyo" an attempt to reach medical officials in Moyo Hospital by this news site did not yield fruition. 

The gruesome killing of three unarmed civilians by beheading them came as a result of the National Dialogue committee visited West Nile region of Uganda to convince the refugees to go back to their home in South Sudan claiming that there is peace. This news site has received images of decapitated bodies of the three young men who are in their early 20s, due to the gravity of the decapitated and mutilation of the bodies we decided not to post the image because some viewers won't be able to watch.  

This website has further learned from reliable sources that the killing of the three followed the visit of the selected committee of National Dialogue who visited the region to pursue the refugees to return home. On Thursday, the committee comprises of four representatives were sent to the camp and they are; Data Silvanos, Joyce Kiden, Jacob Kwansuk, Lopwat Francis and former commissioner of Kajo-keji County, Mr. Ben Yengi. 

The committee according to the sources have met with government military Commander in the area, Commander Camilo to allow safe passage to the refugees who would be going back home. This information was brought to the refugees and so the three young men who ended up in unthinkable situation were anxious and took unanalyzed decision and hired a Ugandan Boda-boda rider to take them inside Kajo Keji, unknown to them that this will lead to the situation where they would be attacked and decapitated by the government forces. 

Col Lam also accused the government forces in Mundri for killing 15 unarmed civilians on Thursday morning in Kedeba (Eastern Mundri) among the dead were five women and three children. The regime forces on Thursday evening further executed two church youth identified as Mr. Babi Gasim Arona and Munya Gyalingo Mana the killing occurred in Bari (Western Mundri).  

Government military spokesperson Brig Rui Koang, while speaking to reporters in Juba on Saturday acknowledged the ongoing offensives by government forces in seven different location as part of its dry season offensive to flash out the rebel forces from their stronghold bases but did not mention the killing in Kajo-keji and Mundri by government forces. The offensive against rebel forces came after President Kiir has announced cease fire to give chance for peace as his National Dialogue committees are touring different parts of the nation and neighboring countries to consult. 

J. Roberts Swaka 


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