(mid) February 2002
Fighting between Government forces and rebel troops (SPLA) near Nhialdiu. Government forces came out with a helicopter gunship, tanks and troops in an attempt to capture Nhialdiu. The Government forces and SPLA clashed in a rebel ambush. The following days the villages around Nhialdiu were heavily bombarded by Government air force. On the 20th of February Government then captured Nhialdiu. Most civilians fled to the west.
Perpetrator: GOS and SSUM
Reference: MSF 2002:14; ECOS 2002:18; HRW 2003:397-8, 399-400