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Jonglei’s Pibor commissioner says displaced starts returning, denies Akobo attack


January 11, 2012 (JUBA) - The commissioner of beleaguered Pibor County, Joshua Konyi, said Wednesday that said some people, mostly women with children and elderly people, who fled the violence, have started returning to the area, after 6,000 armed men from the Lou Nuer tribe started withdrawing from the area.

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An aerial view of the village of Fertait, burned to the ground, in South Sudan’s Jonglei State. The village is one of the latest to succumb to ethnic clashes which began this month among Lou Nuer and Murle (UN)

Around 60,000 have been displaced by the violence that began on 23 December and lasted until last week, the UN says. Commissioner Konyi has estimated that over 3,000 people died in the violence but this has not been independently verified.

“The security situation has subsided though it remains unpredictable”, commissioner Konyi told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

"Additional police forces and [troops from the South Sudan army] SPLA have arrived. They are providing security to those who are returning”, he adds.

Konyi denied reports claiming that his neighboring County of Akobo had been attacked by armed groups allegedly identified as members of Murle ethnic community, a move seen as retaliatory attack against by Lou Nuer in late December and early January.

The Akobo commissioner says 24 people were killed in the attack.

“It is only here in Pibor where we have people returning because SPLA and police forces have been deployed”, he adds declining to comment further on the attack.

However, South Sudan’s minister of information, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, in a separate interview said armed elements believed to be members of Murle tribe on Sunday attacked two villages near Akobo county, Jonglei State.

“There were reports on Sunday that two villages were attack[ed]. This is in Lou [Nuer] territory and the Murle were believed to have launched this”, Marial said.

Jonglei State governor, Kuol Manyang Juuk, who is currently in Juba said 22 were killed and 23 others sustained injuries in the Deng Jok Akobo town, while another attack took place in an area called Kaikuin where two women were killed and some cattle were taken.

“At this moment the area is quiet. People are returning to their normal life”, Manyang told reporters at the South Sudan National Assembly where he was briefing council of states.

“The SPLA and police forces have been deployed and more are being sent”, he said.

United Nations, in an assessment report, describes the security situation in Jonglei State as “volatile” after inter-communal violence between the Lou Nuer and Murle communities flared in late December.

In the two week Luo-Nuer offensive, villages were burnt and cattle seized cattle in retaliation for earlier attacks allegedly perpetrated by the Murle in August in which over 600 people were reported to have died.

Below is the chronology of the latest violence as detailed in the UN report :

  • On 23 December, between 6,000 and 8,000 armed Lou Nuer men advanced on Lopilod village in Likuangole payam [district] in Pibor County, burning villages in the area.
  • On 26 and 27 December, the village of Likuangole was razed, with houses burnt to the ground, an NGO clinic providing essential medical support to the community was looted and destroyed. All boreholes in the town were destroyed.
  • On 31 December, the Lou Nuer reached the periphery of Pibor town, looting and burning a number of huts, including two NGO compounds. In the following days, the armed attackers marched south towards Fertait and Bilait.
  • On 4 January, they began to return north, according to peacekeepers from the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). People who had fled Pibor town in fear of attacks started to return in early January when the armed youth moved out of the area.


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  • 12 January 2012 06:02, by E. Defense Forces

    Barnaba Marial Benjamin the Dinka spokesperson and gov.Kuol Manyang Juuk are behind this attack against murle. They make up the story about Akobo attack to justify their evil plan against minorities tribes.

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    • 12 January 2012 06:12, by Madiir

      E. Defense force,

      Murle are not any man’s trusted friends. You can do them favour today and tomorrow they can come back and defecate right into your ciniya. If you want to know who they are then take them to Equatoria. You will then cry foul in few days after abducting your child.

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      • 12 January 2012 06:31, by E. Defense Forces

        You have not make your point.Lack of trust does’t mean two large tribes ganging up on tiny murle. Blame kiir and Riek government because they know from get go what is blowing in Jonglei State. Riek Machar create white army with the support of Dinka so tell me who do i trust? I personel will trust Murle over Dinka or Nuer becos I know Murle problem is cattle and that problem can be solve.

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      • 12 January 2012 06:45, by ONEK-JAH

        the attack is purely to be blamed on lou nuer and murle themselves due to backwardness and lack of modernity, those tribe are the dead lovers but not peace lovers so they are tunishing the image of this new country shame them.

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      • 12 January 2012 11:25, by choldit

        Are you guys are seeing what I am seeing about the reporter? the reporter seem to have interest in reporting Lou-Nuer aggression to Murle than Murle to Lou-Nuer. Read the reporter’s writing and the details of the events.

        I click on post that supportingly should report what Murle have done in Lou_Nuer villages but post ends detailing how bad Lou-Nuer have done to Murle. It naive to read that, hay

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    • 12 January 2012 08:10, by Majongdulthii Anyang-majongduldit

      Then who is behind the Murles? they have been attacking the entire state since civil war stop posting premature comments u are intellectual just work for the peace of these communities

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    • 12 January 2012 09:28, by Aarai Baka

      I dont even know why Nuers call themselve victims of wars crime from Murle while they are the one attacking every neighboring States. they nuers have attacked before Lake, Warrap,NBS and then within the Jonglei State. their wishes is only to wipe off people and then move freely looting others belonging. Nuers just get educated, life n stop acted like wild hyena who eat her own baby.

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      • 12 January 2012 09:39, by Madiir

        "The enemy NO 1 of Southsudan since 1955 is Nuer!.
        Collaboration with an enemy of the South is their duty since the British defeated them. Don’t ally with a Nuer or else you will be his first victim.

        I pity them!!!

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        • 12 January 2012 10:43, by gatmai

          madiir,Nuer are good to those who did nothing to them,stop blaming Nuer b,se they are not perpetrators of all these conflicts going on in the s.sudan,murle started this game of death by killing big number of Nuer (600)last year,and if this had happen to your family what can be your reaction,if really do care,how can you term this bad or good,they are only re-applying what had happen to them.

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        • 12 January 2012 10:55, by gatmai

          those who blame Nuer,are not educated b,se if they are,they would first advice murle to stop child abduction and killing of innocent people,you people blame Nuer b,se these tiny tribe of murle are not living with you,call Nuer whatever you wish,but war will only stop when murle stop child abduction,i know that you don’t want Nuer to be in s.sudan,but they will live there till the end of earth.

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  • 12 January 2012 06:12, by mosa mel

    I suggest the govt of S Sudan close Sudantribune office in South Sudan because this media is too bias. This media is the agent of Khartoum government. They try to confuse public. It must be shut down.

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  • 12 January 2012 06:28, by Deng Sam Malek

    Mr Equatorian Defense forces:
    Sir, you are the only doubting Thomas of this situation.
    A good citizen is one that analyzes the situation and makes right judgment out of it.(11 killed)
    You may still not believe that, now as am writing this piece, there is an evacuation plan by some NGOs and two of these actually have gone already.
    So, base on that what is your benefit of doubt about the situation?

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    • 12 January 2012 06:36, by E. Defense Forces

      Show me the evidence mr Deng.We saw on TV what Nuer and Dinka soldiers did to Murle.

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      • 12 January 2012 06:51, by Land-of-Cush

        Equatoria Defence Forces

        We understand that you are the one of rebel that was about to defect from government in Juba and faild to do so after security get tight on your doorway. If dinka and Nuer come togather against any tribe in south sudan even God can’t eccept that; beause they are top majority tribes in south sudan.

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        • 12 January 2012 08:04, by E. Defense Forces

          I done have to be a rebel to express my freedom of speech.

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      • 12 January 2012 07:11, by Deng Sam Malek

        Evidence for equatorian Defense forces.
        Padoy village of Akobo county burnt on Tuesday night till morning yesterday;11 killed, 8 wounded transfered to IMC clinic in walgak, 28 still missing; Weak village of Uror county attacked last night at 7:10 pm and houses burnt. NGO drove off the international staffs for safety last night around 8:30pm
        Is that enough?????

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        • 12 January 2012 07:15, by Madiir

          Deng Sam,

          How many killed in Uror last night? prove your points please, houses can’t just be burned without casualties.

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        • 12 January 2012 07:58, by E. Defense Forces

          Mr Deng,your evidence is based on a Dinka reporter.If your evidence regarding the killing is based on number of houses burned then the either Murle are wiped out of Pibor town,Linkwangole and other villages.you still haven’t prove to me that Akobo was attacked,the Dinka-Nuer government trying to cover-up the massacre of Murle. All south Sudanese were witness.

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  • 12 January 2012 06:32, by Land-of-Cush

    Whom should be blem on this mess? Only Salva Kiir and his government. why? because they have rights to disarms civilians and protect them. I don’t see any reason why the president Salva Kiir express the concern by building health facilities for Murle treatment for them to produce their own children. He is not the future leader. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhsQ...

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  • 12 January 2012 07:50, by ahme adam

    Genocide unfolds infront of the UN, AND INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY eyes I feel sad for the murle they were totally wiped out

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  • 12 January 2012 09:02, by wang

    Joshua Konyi, your are complicating the situations in our State by supporting your Murle gangs. If you disagree with Barnaba Marial and and Kuol Manyang, or don’t believe what they seen and heard. You have to come to Juba and Dejok, Akobo to see these Murle victms in your fuckin owns eye

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    • 12 January 2012 11:42, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      The mighty SPLA has got rid of fake mercenariies called wurryang white army of evil called Ngundang.

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