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Athor’s S. Sudan rebels threaten to capture Jonglei’s capital


December 11, 2011 (JUBA) - George Athor Deng, leader of a South Sudanese rebel group, on Sunday threatened to capture Bor, the capital of Jonglei state if an agreement is not reached with the Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) before the end of 2011.

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George Athor, Nairobi, Kenya, November 20, 2011 (AP)

After the failure of secret talks with the South Sudan government in Nairobi last November, Athor already vowed more violence in the newly independent country saying Juba is not willing to reach peace.

The renegade general who rebelled after declared loser of gubernatorial elections in April 2010 asks to hold new general elections in the country, and to form an national interim government to organize these elections.

He also demands financial compensation for the families affected by the fight between his group and the national army and says foreign mediators are necessary to guarantee the implementation of any deal.

"All options are with the other party,” Athor told Sudan Tribune on Sunday. He also explained that the rebels “are committed to negotiating peaceful settlement of the conflict”.

"The whole South Sudan is fighting the government in Juba because corruption and crimes against humanity are increasing. People continue to disappear in Juba on daily basis without reason by the same people in power,” further said Athor.

He claimed his forces attacked a number of SPLA controlled towns within the vicinity of Bor on Sunday and that he has received reports indicating 41 SPLA soldiers were killed, four captured and several wounded.

On Sunday SPLA spokesperson, Phillip Aguer, confirmed to Sudan Tribune reports of fighting in Jonglei but said he did not know who was involved in the attack.

A statement released by the Atar community of Jonglei on Sunday also confirmed reports of fighting in Jonglei, claiming that Bumas, Wun-kiir Anyang, Ayol-yol (Wun-Mijak) and Patang were attacked, cattle stolen and a number of villages burnt. It also claimed fighting in Pachot, in the far west of Atar is ongoing.

The attack came after the rebel group last week called on the local population and the international humanitarian organisations to leave strategic areas in Jonglei.

The Atar community statement describes the “continuous butchering of the innocent civil population since the attempted massacre of the 16 November 2011,” by Athor’s forces in Atar.

The release also calls upon the UN Mission in South Sudan to investigate atrocities allegedly committed in the recent attacks by Athor’s forces, ”in which three civilians were shot dead in their tukuls [traditional homes] at midnight, two police men wounded and dozens of herds of cattle raided.”


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  • 12 December 2011 06:15, by omoni jr.

    Athor contradict himself a lot....
    why did his forces attacked civilians and stole their properties,like cattle and burnt down their tukuls to ashes?
    Soon or later he will be indicted and put on list of most wanted persons in south sudan.

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  • 12 December 2011 06:20, by Lorolokin

    Athor ,

    You are are nothing other than a bunch of hungry lier go to hell instead.

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  • 12 December 2011 06:40, by George Bol

    I am worrying about those blind people who are with George Athor plus other militia. Why are some people are so stupid like this!

    They will not get anything from their useless fight perhaps the cattle and grains that they always loot from civilians are going to be their success.

    Dumb people can not listen by peaceful advise unless by the way he wants. I want SPLA to catch all these militia.

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  • 12 December 2011 07:06, by $iong mayom

    Psychological warfare at its best, Athor is clearly under pressure to pen a deal with GOSS ASAP, he seems to have hit the panic button already!. Everyone is signing a deal with the GOSS, Liam has, Gadet has so Athor is worried because he isolated. he is like "shit im the only one left in the jungle, I better make up they might catch my ass" Just surrender mr traitor.

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    • 12 December 2011 07:29, by Akuma

      I didn’t expects such move from Athor Deng. He is an elder and mature enough know everything and unfortunately opted to do something I never knew should involve Athor himself. What goes around come around, he may be doing it hoping it’ll not gonna affects him sometime later but that’s the lie. Your crime will kill you. The name of rebel is not known, vision is invisible, no objective of struggle,

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      • 12 December 2011 07:32, by Akuma

        ...etc. I’ll listen I am not far.

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      • 12 December 2011 10:24, by SSLA/M Supporter


        SPLA/M fought its losing war for good 21 years, claiming about 2.5 million innocent south Sudanese lives and ruining the infrastructure of south Sudan beyond recognition and now the militia is looting RoSS like there is no tomorrow, did you condemn that, if not Why not? Don’t be double-dealer or hypocrite please!

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  • 12 December 2011 07:39, by michael coma

    Dear comrade Athor
    Mr.Athor Deng,how stupid are you?I was not knowing that you are idiot like that bastard.How come you turned your anussssssss to Bor community killing civilians and looted their property bastard.If your movement became against Bor civilians make sure that we will castrated you alive because we though that you are man with vision while you are man of your own anus.

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  • 12 December 2011 08:09, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear Athor
    You are not serious, why you are killing your own peoples? You adopted bad style of late Kuanyin Bol who killed his own peoples In Gogrial and later on he was killed, you better to go for political asylums instead of killing innocents peoples who don’t know what’s going on in Jonglei state leave a side ROSS.
    Shame on you

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    • 12 December 2011 11:11, by Brother Billy

      That was what Happen exactly with Kuanyin Bol and I think Athor will simply be killed like a dog, Look at idiot statement that he wanted his people to be compensated meanwhile he is still killing more people in his home state of Jonglei which he may again claim for compensation. He is trying to collect money for compensation and use it for his personal interest, No peace with him this time man!

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  • 12 December 2011 08:45, by Wetdut

    Yes George keep up the good job and capture more towns instead of Jonglei, this government is for self satisfaction only, it not committed to the right of the citizen because they are not being elected. You both have suffered in the same bush but Kuol Manyang Juk was a mechanic not commander of the SPLA, u r 10000000000000 better then him bse of ur bravery, education and committements. will join u

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  • 12 December 2011 09:32, by philipdit wol

    Athor should not interfere with the life of innocent people of South Sudan this time is not like before; who are you to disturbance Unity State?. If we defeated (NCP) from North Sudan, would you be voicing to get another (RSS) in South Sudan what stupidity an idea its?because of Amery governorship for State not even for nation, If I were you I would not have tried an more please.

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  • 12 December 2011 09:55, by Garang Abuk

    Aguer, why commenting in the first place if you did not know who attacked who? You don’t have a phrase’’ I can not comment in your vocabulary’’? This phrase is usually used when you don’t have sufficient informaton about the matter for your information so not to portray your being ignorant about recent developments with regards to the matter in question. You are ashamed to the army indeed.

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  • 12 December 2011 10:19, by J P Puok

    Oh my God, is RSS becoming a banana republic or ANIMAL’s farm? is it not the Athor who claimed civilian compensation after knowing that he reached the peak of his destruction to their properties and life? these called are funy? killing their very mums and dads. he in Atar killing from Atarian and Gatdet from mayom killing mayomians. they should never be pardon. never legalised them by negotiation

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    • 12 December 2011 11:34, by Peter Nhiany

      Puok, there should be no pardon for those who have no regard for human lives. What I think is giving criminals room to continue to act ruthlessly is the approach Juba has taken plus the fact that Kiir does not care much about protecting civilians other than being busy signing contracts with foreign countries in Juba. If Juba took serious measures to deal with rebels, Athor would ve been dealt with

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      • 12 December 2011 22:20, by Wen De David Kuol

        Thanks you Peter,

        what is happening is just the Game betw Athor and Juba. Cvillians are being victimize yet the Governement is just sitting, they should have declare State of Emergency in Jonglei and Unity State where Rebels and Khartuom regimes threaten Civilans Lives. Please Mr. President, Declare State Of Emergecny amid confusion and Order SPLA to Protect Civilian,restore Peace and Order

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  • 12 December 2011 11:08, by Peter Nhiany

    Dear brothers and sisters, I donot understand why we talk nonsense when we know that this is a pure pathetic failure of the State and Juba’s government. The government has miserably fail its citizens and this should not be blamed on who chose to rebel. Kiir’s government has openly neglects the people of South Sudan and there is no way we should be saying so and so did or didn’t. amnesty is loose.

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  • 12 December 2011 19:16, by Matiop Panchol

    TO GEORGE ATHOR: You have destroyed yourself, for the legacy you will leave behind is not something that the future generations of South Sudan will want to emulate; forming a rebel group after losing your first electiong is not something that any wise leader, who care about his people would do. Therefore, the atrocities you have committed will haunt your posterity for you will die a sad man.

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  • 12 December 2011 19:25, by Matiop Panchol

    TO SALVA KIIR & ROSS: You are busy signing contracts and building new cities, yet you have neglected the plights of the citizens of South Sudan. Why do talk behind close doors with the rebels? Why don’t you let the people of South Sudan know what when on between you and the rebels? IT IS IN YOUR INTEREST, AS LEADERS, TO END THESE CONFLICTS IN PEACEFUL WAY; NO DEVELOPMENT WHERE THERE IS WAR.

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  • 12 December 2011 19:35, by Matiop Panchol

    TO THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH SUDAN: It is about time you start thinking about your own future and the future of your children, and grandchildren instead of look upto the leaders for guidance and solutions. Most of them are too busy enjoying themselves that death of 40 people, displacement of 1000s or starvation of hundreds don’t disturb their sleep. They take these as just another casaulty of war.

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  • 12 December 2011 20:04, by Lok T Simon

    I am really sorry for Athor resistence, I thought Athor would have listened to his people, Southern Sudanese who have been asking him kindly to comeback and settle himself in the gov. system. I have been his fan since 1990s when he resisted NIF and Faction groups of Southern Sudan who were surrending him with civilians and very few soliders and few ammuntions in his hand.
    I know that he is angry-

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  • 12 December 2011 20:18, by Lok T Simon

    — - He is angry with Koul Mayang, but that is a part of politic. When somebody comes to politic, he/she always expects disappointment in any corner in politic.Southerners knew your rights during that election, but give us chance to sort it out for you through political democracy ways. It is not necessarily for u to pick up arms and kill us while you were aiming to be elected for us.

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  • 12 December 2011 22:07, by Wen De David Kuol

    Athor must be aware that killing Civillians like what hapens in Jale and Atar mounted to War crime and crime against Humanity. Ocampo will soon issue warrant of Arest for Athor and his aides in the Busy. Stop going to other Countries, Life is one, One day you will face the same music mind you.
    WHo amongst those civilians that kills one of your sibling or rape yo? Stupid!!!! and Big Fool call Atho

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    • 12 December 2011 23:29, by agwait majok

      Athor should be carful about killing civllians that what make our negthbor country trulable with there people. Athor is guy who need to be in a politic, politican is not easy need someone who is easygoing and honest, Athor he,s masthup there case because his kill children, women and elders, this guy is ready to go to court and get charge bout killing civllian aroung country.

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  • 13 December 2011 03:59, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Attacking MadiengBor not good idea
    the people that will died are Kuol Manyang,Kiir or Gier who refuse him leadership. Innocence poor people will died and Innocence SPLA Army.

    They are suffering like others while the big belley are wasting money sleeping inthe Hotels in Juba. Please Athor! all those Nuer are not well disciplines to avoid killing civillians or Robbing their propertis.

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  • 13 December 2011 04:05, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Athor!. Why not targeting only those refuse the leadership to you in juba. leave Innocence SPLA/M allone to fight the Arab Northern Settlers in Africa.
    If you come to Power they still be your Army to proctect the Africa Land. You have no problem with SPLA/M soldiers except only few top who in juba that discorn others.

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