JUBA , SOUTH SUDAN - A member of the British House of Lords says she witnessed the immediate aftermath of a massacre in the disputed Abyei region last week, and will raise the issue of the U.N. peacekeeping force there in the British parliament.
Caroline Cox, formally known as the Baroness Cox of Queensbury, said the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNIFSA) did not protect the people of Abyei when armed men killed dozens of civilians in the village of Kolom last week.
The oil-producing Abyei region sits on the border between Sudan and South Sudan and is claimed by both countries.
Cox, who is CEO of an organization called Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust, gathered with Abyei lawyers, officials and citizens in Juba Monday to mourn the victims in the Kolom attack. More than 30 people were killed, according to Abyei’s chief administrator, Kuol Alor Kuol, who accused armed Misseriya nomads of attacking the mainly Dinka village.
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