UNISFA condemns targeted false information on social media – South Sudan

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UNISFA/SCPIS/PR/115

The attention of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) is drawn to the Facebook post posted by Juba Tukul on 26 May 2022 alleging that two UNISFA personnel from the Twic community were dragged from the headquarters of the mission, beaten, tortured and stabbed and seriously injured under the supervision of UNISFA peacekeepers.

The message is not only false and sensational, but does not represent the facts of the incident that happened that day. While it is true that there was a misunderstanding involving two Twic Dinka personnel mentioned in the post and a group of Ngok Dinka personnel working with one of UNISFA’s contractors, the incident is is produced within the confines of the mission and not outside. Additionally, no Twic Dinka staff were stabbed with a knife, as the post claims.

The Force Commander visited and spoke with the two UNISFA Twic Dinka personnel concerned. Their account of the incident is far from what is contained in the message. Affected personnel are doing well, while UNISFA security is investigating the incident. UNISFA as a mission, and the United Nations in general, has zero tolerance for fighting on its premises and UNISFA will not hesitate to take any necessary disciplinary action based on the outcome of the investigation conducted by its security.

UNISFA notes with concern the growing prevalence of fake news, disinformation, disinformation and propaganda in the Abyei box on social media, especially against UNISFA and its personnel. We call on all stakeholders to cooperate with UNISFA in its efforts to bring peace to the Abyei region.

The UNISFA spokesperson is available to answer any questions and provide clarification on issues affecting the Mission.