At least 41 Ugandans have been abducted by rebels in South Sudan in the border region between Uganda and South Sudan in the last few months. The Governments of both countries have launched a joint task force to police a key road and to try to track down the hostages. The families of the hostages have received ransom demands, and there are reports that people have had money extorted by South Sudanese Government forces at checkpoints in the region as well.

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Uganda: South Sudan Rebels Demand Ransom for Abducted Ugandans

A suspected rebel group in South Sudan has asked for ransom before they can release Ugandans captured during ambushes along the Nimule-Juba road.

Gen Makur Maruol, the inspector general of the South Sudan national police services says they have received information that the abductors are calling relatives of the abducted to demand for money.

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From the Daily Monitor

South Sudan rebels demand ransom for abducted Ugandans

Until end of August, a total of 41 known Ugandans had been reported captured by a rebel group believed to be loyal to the former First Vice President Riek Machar. They were picked from Kampala bound buses and along border districts.

These include 23 who were abducted along the Nimule-Juba Highway in May and eight timber dealers who were abducted in July, from Lubone Sub County, Magwi County; five kilometres out of Lamwo District in Northern Uganda.

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From the Anadolu Agency –

S. Sudan, Uganda set up task force to stop abductions

Ugandan and war-torn South Sudan police have set up a task force to track down 22 Ugandans reportedly abducted by rebels in South Sudan and prevent more kidnappings.

The decision to deploy a joint security squad along the road connecting the South Sudan border town of Nimule to the capital of Juba according to Uganda police spokesman Andrew Felix Kaweesi, come after suspected rebel groups have been demanding ransoms for the release of Ugandans captured during ambushes since the summer.

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