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Sum up of the South Sudan Evacuation Mission

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Sum up of the South Sudan Evacuation Mission

Posted Aug 5, 2016

On July 8, 2016, fighting broke up in Juba between the government forces, the SPLA and the forces loyal to the former vice President, Riek Machar.  The security situation deteriorated with over  100 people killed overnight. Some Ugandans working in South Sudan were killed and over 40,000 others were trapped in the Youngest Nation.

Ugandans crosing Nimule boader

The Commander-in-Chief of the armed Forces and President of Uganda, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, consequently directed the UPDF to evacuate Uganda Citizens, by road, from South Sudan. 

The UPDF Conducted a successful evacuation operation  of not only Ugandan Citizens but also many other Nationals like Kenyans, Tanzanians, Rwandese, Congolese, Kenyans and Ethiopians among others who were trapped in South Sudan.

The evacuation operation was code named "OKOA WANAICHI" and commanded by the UPDF 4 Division Commander, Brig Kayanja Muhanga. The Commander established his forward headquarter at Nisitu in South Sudan where he coordinated the evacuations. The Chief of Staff Land Forces of the UPDF, Brig Leopold Kyanda, received the people being evacuated at Elego border point. He established his operation headquarter at Bibia in Amur District.

Gen Mwamur Min of Security shacking hands with Brig  Kayanja in Gumbo Market Juba

The operation started on July 14, 2016 and ended on July 18, 2006 in three phases. Over 40,000 people were evacuated. Non Ugandan citizens evacuated were over 1000. The assembly area for the civilians to be evacuated was at Gumbo market in Juba.

CLF adressing UPDF officers and men during the welcome  ceremony from S.Sudan

The evacuation was a success although the first convoy, on its way to the assembly point, was ambushed and three soldiers got injured. On another sad note, the last convoy, which was the longest of over 80km, recorded one case of an accident involving one civilian trailer that was caring over 300 civilians. It failed to negotiate a corner at Jablei causing five civilian deaths and fifty four injuries.