NewsEast & Horn AfricaTwo Sudans recruiting youths for war


Posted on Thursday, 19 April 2012 09:19

Two Sudans recruiting youths for war

By Godfrey Olukya

As the conflict between South Sudan and Sudan over oil-rich the border area of Heglig escalates, reports have emerged that both sides are recruiting youths in preparation for a full blown war.

The two Sudans recruit young soldiers as tensions escalate/ photo/ Reuters/ Goran TomasevicSouth Sudan is accusing Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) of continuously launching attacks through Western Bahr El Ghazal State to destabilise it.

Africa's newest state's Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) spokesperson Colonel Philip Aguer said apart from bombing oil fields, SAF was also resettling Rezegat armed Arab nomads in its territory in Sira Malaka.

"We are at maximum alert especially in Western Bahr el Ghazal where SAF is trying to resettle Arab Rezegat armed men in a place called Sira Malaka. We are watching their steps keenly." Aguer said.

He also accused Sudan of occupying South Sudan territory in Kafia Kinji and Afra Nahas.

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Since Tuesday, over 400 youths from Gogrial West County in South Sudan's Warrap state have voluntarily been registered and embarked on training.

Officials in Warrap state claim the recruitment is part of an SPLA campaign to mobilise support.

Warrap state mobilisation programme cordinator, Morris Mabior, said they had established centers to oversee the ongoing voluntary registration process.

"We are mobilizing people against insecurity, food and economic crisis and the people are positively responding to the recruitment," he said.

"We will take those recruited to Northern Bahr el Ghazal state to provide the necessary services to the country, when called upon."

There are reports of similar recruitments in Sudan.

But even as signs continue to emerge that the relationship between the two countries has broken, South Sudan Information minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin said: "We consider the Sudanese public as brothers and sisters to the people of South Sudan. We don't see them as an enemy."

The Sudanese national parliament on Monday branded South Sudan an enemy state.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 April 2012 11:44

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