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Ambororo kill one and injure two in Bangala along Tambura – Nagero road, Western Equatoria state

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December 28, 2010 (TAMBURA) – Members of the nomadic Ambororo tribe are reported to have killed one and injured two in a clash with local vigil ante group, known as the Arrow Boys in Bangala, which is about 25 miles on Tambura–Nagero road.

In an interview with Sudan Tribune, the county commissioner of Tambura County Charles Ngbamisi Babiro said, “the Ambororo who were on their way out of the territory of the state, have made a U-turn back to the state near border with Central African Republic.”

He disclosed that according to Arrow Boys, or home guards, the man who was shot Matthew Marikpe, “was shot in a cross fire in an ambush laid by the Ambororo, as they refused to leave Western Equatoria.”

Babiro revealed that “after the declaration by the Ambororo not exit the Bangala area where they are settled now, he agreed with his counterpart to reinforce the home guards of Bangala in Tambura County.”

The commissioner further said “the corpse was found 5 days after he was shot, between rocks in a thick forest.”

With the huge numbers of the cattle nomads, Babiro disclosed that “they have mobilized the home guards together with the organized forces to move them out of the territory.”

However, he stated that “county authorities are using peaceful means to make the Ambororo leave the territory of the state, but if they revenge then legitimate force will be applied to push them out of the Western Equatoria State.”

The government of Western Equatoria State started a peace dialogue with the Ambororo since 2005 until towards the end of this year they started to leave Western Equatoria.

Earlier the Falata General Chief Suleiman Mohammad Suleiman, who has worked with the state government for the peaceful evacuation of the nomads from the state said “most of the Ambororo have left Nagero heading to Western Bahr El Ghazal state.”

The whole process which started on the 27th July 2010 in Nangume, through Sue River, ended on the 26th of October 2010.

The majority of the population targeted by the Ambororo comes from the Zande tribes, which make up a large percentage of Western Equatoria’s population. Traditionally engaged in big farming—the word Zande means “land owners” in the local Pazande language—Zande tribes living in South Sudan and northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, or DRC, have also been targeted by Ugandan rebel movement the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

The Ambororo are nomadic cattle herders originally from Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria, Mali, and Niger. There are many Ambororo groups with different cultures and languages.

Many are Muslims although some groups practice animism. The Ambororo tribe arrived in LRA affected areas of Central African Republican (CAR), Sudan, and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) relatively recently.

As nomadic herders, the Ambororo frequently come across the LRA while travelling in the bush in search of pastureland. The grazing patterns of the Mbororo herders have also created tensions with local Zande farmers, who feel their land is threatened by the pastoralists’ cows.

But unlike in Southern Sudan and northeastern Congo, the Ambororo in CAR have settled in towns like Mboki and Obo and have intermarried with the Zande.

These marriages are most often unions between Ambororo men and Zande women. Settling might account for the relatively good relationships between the Ambororo and Zande in CAR. This is not the case in Congo and South Sudan where the Ambororo are frequently accused of collaborating the LRA.

(ST)

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  • 29 December 2010 05:23, by Anyang

    Let’s they arrow’s boys do their part and the SPLA will join them soon.

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  • 29 December 2010 05:33, by Jongkuch

    Who are these Ambororos? If they are not South Sudanese, what are they doing in South Sudan territory? they should be evicted right away in order not to disturb the people of South Sudan in this crucial time. Why would the government negotiate with them instead of ordering them out of South Sudan? this is crazy that we would negotiate with every one that comes to our land to disturb our peace.

    Jongkuch

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  • 29 December 2010 06:05, by Aleu

    Western Equatoria need to kick out all nomadic like this Ambororos tribe. I think the Western Equatorian can see those Misseriya now are claiming unprofound document that, they have rights to vote while, they were known as a movable tribe from time to time and they have no special home to build but moving along borders like that. I wish Western Equatorian people must force frankly to leave the State same thing others States in Southern Sudan have to tell them not to bring their animals in Southern Sudan’s communities period.

    All Arab people are bad whether they are in the forest nor in the cities like Khartoum and many others places in around the world. There is no trust on these Arms tribes in Sudan and I would like to tell all Southern Sudanese people not to allow them to enter in their communities because they came and then, they creates the situation as you guys have seen or hear it long time ago that, they killed many people in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State as well as the Western Bahr el Ghazal State and the Abyei District of Warrap State. The question I would like to ask to all Southerners Sudanese people is that, by allowing all Nomadic tribes to come to Southern Sudan and now they kills your people in the community, what benefit did you gain now.? what bothering you to let them enter in your community in the first place.? Please kick them out in Southern Sudan.

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    • 29 December 2010 08:30, by Victory

      SPLA should get rid of this tribe so-called ambororo who are in the business of killing &stelling the southernas properties.
      Why try to negotiate with thiefs &criminals?they should be chased out of the state by force.

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      • 29 December 2010 12:50, by Sylver

        Govt of WES should get rid of Ambororo before the next month

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        • 29 December 2010 13:49, by Nhomlawda

          There are two issues with the Ambororo case. They are heavily armed and well trained to the level of an army. Therefore, arrow boys can not manage them but government can give them some assistance to move back to Central Africa Republic (CAR) or to Congo Forest where there are no inhabitants. Another issue is, Ambororos are not bound to any internationally recognize borders. They move from Nigeria to Sudan and vice versa and that is what they had been doing for centuries. Some of their descendents are now in Darfur.
          Therefore, there is no sovereign state that this people are known to belong. Killing them is not a solution but driving them through peaceful mean to Congo forest or Central Africa Republic can be a good solution. They are ignorant Africans and they should not be killed because they do not know what they are doing.

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          • 29 December 2010 22:17, by Paul Ongee

            Readers,

            If these people called Ambororo are heavily armed and well trained to the level of an army, which governments of the mentioned countries (Nigeria, CAR, DRC and Sudan) that trained them to protect their cattle and keep moving around freely, lawlessly and statelessly without considering the impact of their movement on the indigenous and environment?

            I think these mentioned countries and many more are using these people to win their domestic political game with opposition groups. Although I have no knowledge about other countries, but in our case as I had mentioned earlier in one of my comments that NCP has evidently positioned itself to use Ambororo, Messeriya and LRA as well to terrorize South Sudan.

            Instead of implementing CPA peacefully and faithfully, NCP resorted to training and providing logistical support to these nomadic Ambororo and Messeriya including LRA not only to create insecurity in South Sudan but also to disrupt peaceful conduct of the upcoming referendum.

            The Falata General Chief Suleiman Mohammad Suleiman, who has worked with the state government for the peaceful evacuation of the nomads from the state, said “most of the Ambororo have left Nagero heading to Western Bahr El Ghazal state.” Are Ambororo entitled to head toward Western Bahr El Ghazal to settle if not to do what? Did they come to Western Equatoria through Western Bahr El Ghazal? If they failed to disrupt peaceful conduct of referendum in W. Equatoria, they would do it in WBG. Time will tell if they are not used by Khartoum as reserved disruptive force

            Why didn’t they stay in Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria, Mali, and Niger or identify themselves with or settle for good in one of the countries that they currently keep crossing and re-crossing on the pretext of looking for good pastures? Why are Messeriya not moving from country to country like Ambororo? If Messeriya were asked to settle in Abyei today, I believe they would gladly accept to be part of Southern Sudanese. But it is too late for history to reverse their place of origin

            For Ambororo, they need not only to head to Western Bahr El Ghazal but to go back to where they settled before or where they have been allowed to settle as in CAR or reunite with their descendants in Darfur or Southern/Northern Kordofan peacefully rather than moving freely, lawlessly and statelessly without respecting the right of the indigenous.

            Paulo Ongee
            Khartoum, Sudan

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  • 29 December 2010 14:27, by Mboriundoko Kumba

    I have been praying to God that one day Riak Machar will go to hell ,because at mid of July he sign the document which the Ambororo committes brought to him that they want to stay with the Azande in W.E.S ,when the news was aired people became so sad about what Riak has been doing to the entire citizen of W.E.S . as areminder people of W.E.S know very well that it is Riak who brought LRA to W.E.S .I remember in 2006 riak declared that the LRA should move to Westhern Equatoria State for peace negiation with Uganda government .But what has been happening in W.E.S there is no body caring about the citizen of W.E.S .This issue has been raised to the president of south sudan but there is no action taken ,even he has never speak about the case of LRA nor he listen to the representative of the entire citicen of Westhern Equtoria State.

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    • 29 December 2010 20:09, by Nhomlawda

      It is indeed a sad story if Riek Machar sanctioned such a decision without consultation with the affected people.
      Moving LRA bases to Western Equatoria was a bad decision indeed. Giving Ambororos legitimacy of staying in Azande land is a terrible decision too.
      People of W.E.S should tell Riek Machar that it is bad to handle state issues from Juba without consultation with Yambio.

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      • 29 December 2010 22:01, by Paul Ongee

        Readers,

        If these people called Ambororo are heavily armed and well trained to the level of an army, which governments of the mentioned countries (Nigeria, CAR, DRC and Sudan) that trained them to protect their cattle and keep moving around statelessly and lawlessly?

        I think these mentioned countries and many more are using these people to win their domestic political game with opposition groups. Although I have no knowledge about other countries, but in our case as I had mentioned earlier in one of my comments that NCP has evidently positioned itself to use Ambororo, Messeriya and LRA as well to terrorize South Sudan.

        Instead of implementing CPA peacefully and faithfully, NCP resorted to training and providing logistical support to these nomadic Ambororo and Messeriya including LRA not only to create insecurity in South Sudan but also to disrupt peaceful conduct of the upcoming referendum.

        The Falata General Chief Suleiman Mohammad Suleiman, who has worked with the state government for the peaceful evacuation of the nomads from the state, said “most of the Ambororo have left Nagero heading to Western Bahr El Ghazal state.” Are Ambororo entitled to head toward Western Bahr El Ghazal to settle if not to do what? Did they come to Western Equatoria through Western Bahr El Ghazal? If they failed to disrupt peaceful conduct of referendum in W. Equatoria, they would do it in WBG. Time will tell if they are not used by Khartoum as reserved disruptive force.

        Why didn’t they stay in Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria, Mali, and Niger or identify themselves with or settle for good in one of the countries that they currently keep crossing and recrossing on the pretext of looking for good pastures? Why are Messeriya not moving from country to country like Ambororo? If Messeriya were asked to settle in Abyei, I believe they would gladly accept to be part of Southern Sudanese. But it is too late for history to reverse their place of origin.

        For Ambororo, they need not only to head to Western Bahr El Ghazal but to go back to where they settled before or where they have been allowed to settle as in CAR or reunite with their descendants in Darfur or Southern Kordofan peacefully rather than moving freely and lawlessly without respecting the right of the indigenous.

        Paulo Ongee
        Khartoum, Sudan

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        • 30 December 2010 07:06, by Peter Elia Kuzee

          ARROW BOYS,
          Tomorrow LRA, Today Ambororo.They are moving as one group who came to spoil our peace.But the only thing is no talk with them any more,FIRE is the solution,iam coming to join the arrow boys.
          No more ambororo, and no more tongtong (LRA)

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