Five policemen deployed to protect refugees at the Makpandu Refugee Camp in Gbudue, Western Equatoria, were abducted by unknown gunmen on Monday. A Darfurian trader was abducted alongside the policemen.

Although the abduction reportedly happened without gunfire or violence, it created panic among some of the refugees and they fled to a nearby town. The UN reported in September that the camp houses 3,827 refugees. The conflict in South Sudan has been brutal and has regularly involved the use of child soldiers and mass rape as a weapon.

We will be covering the recent UN report, Juba arrests and Kenyan troop withdrawal in the near future – please stay tuned.

From the Sudan Tribune

Five policemen kidnaped by unknown gunmen in W. Equatoria

An eyewitness from the area told Sudan Tribune that a group of armed men surrounded the police station in Yambio which was established by the government of Gbudue state to give protection to the refugees and kidnaped the five policemen together with one Darfurian trader. One HF radio communications which was installed by a non-governmental organization operating in the camp was also taken away.

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