By Tesfa-Alem Tekle
A rebel fighter who is originally from South Sudan, but is now a naturalised American was critically injured after a land mine attack in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state last week, a rebel official said on Sunday.
In an email exchange, Miyong G. Kuon, SPLM-In-Opposition’s representative to the United Nation (UN) in New York told Sudan Tribune that David Dep Tew was wounded in a land mine explosion last week at Nasir county in Upper Nile state.
According to Kuon, three other rebels who were walking along with Tew, sustained minor injuries and they are in stable condition.
Tew, who used to live in Omaha Nebraska-USA joined the ranks of the SPLM-in-Opposition led by former vice-president, Riek Machar last year .
The rebel official said Tew, has lost his lower right leg in the explosion of the ant-personnel mine.
Rebel officials in Addis Ababa confirmed the case adding that Tew is in critical condition at Yordonas hospital in the Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.
“His condition is severely worse,” they said.
According to the SPLM-In-Opposition office in the Ethiopian capital most of the mine shrapnel are still in his body including his eyes.
Kuon condemned the use of the internationally banned anti-personnel landmine by the soldiers loyal to president Salva Kiir, adding that the residents of Nasir county in Upper Nile are at greater risk.
“Women and children today live in fear of land mines after the soldiers loyal to Kiir decided to mine the outskirt of the most populated civilian area in Upper Nile,” he said.
Anti-personnel landmines are prohibited under the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction, also known as “Mine Ban Convention”, adopted in 1997.
Rebel officials in Addis Ababa claim that the government forces are still at the outskirts of Nasir town to mine the area.