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Juba’s population panics over rumours of water poisoning

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June 23, 2011 (JUBA) – The urban population in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, panicked on Thursday after rumours that the river, which supplies the population in the city with water, had been poisoned by the North Sudan government just days ahead of the region’s independence.

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Some residents in Juba bathe in the river Nile (photo Demotix)

Most of Juba city’s population is still dependent on the water in the River Nile
for drinks and other activities. Clean water supply by government through
pipelines is only limited to a small portion of the town’s population,
particularly to the government headquarters and residents of senior government
officials.

Hundreds of tanker trucks always roam the town from all day and in the evening carrying and selling water fetched from the River Nile to most of the town’s dwellers that have no access to clean drinking water.

On Thursday morning news spread like a wild fire through mobile phones that the River Nile has been poisoned by suspected agents from North Sudan government.

“I was not aware about what was happening,” said one Ethiopian business man,
Tesfaye, who sells river water to residents. “I was driving with water in my
truck but no body wanted to buy, then later on after two hours of driving around
in vain a friend of mine informed me of the news that water customers have heard rumours that the river has been poisoned.”

The situation sent a lot of anxiety among the population who were at the same
time suffering from the water shortage as the river was the only source of
water. Water business from the river almost came to a stand still when trucks
ferrying water could rarely be seen in some quarters of the town.

“I don’t know what to do, I have been depending on river water since I don’t
have access to clean water coming from the government,” said a lady, adding that she was entangled between lack of clean water and now the poisoned river water.

However, the General Manager of the South Sudan’s Urban Water Corporation,
Chamjok Chol Wectuor, refuted the allegations as baseless rumors. Speaking to
the press on Thursday, Wectuor explained to the public that as soon he heard
about the spreading rumours during the day he and his team immediately went to the River Nile and conducted several tests at the river.

He said water tests were conducted at different locations along the river and
the results were normal with no any sign of poisoning in the water.

Officials say the panic was triggered when some fishermen along the Nile
detected a number of dead floating fish flowing from south of Juba towards the
north as the dead fish were carried by the current of the River Nile. The
fishermen then alerted the population about their finding.

The head of the Urban Water Corporation, Wectuor, called on the population to
maintain calm, assuring that the water has not been poisoned.

(ST)

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  • 24 June 2011 06:29, by Khartoum92

    Goss is trying to depect the North as being the soul enemy, the evil neighbor thats not good for future relationship between the North and the South. You keep considering the North as an enemy dont cry when the North treats you as their enemy..

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    • 24 June 2011 06:31, by Khartoum92

      Also is the North sooo stupid to poison the same river they dependent on.. Thats unthinkable

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      • 24 June 2011 11:25, by Flora Tong

        Khartoum2:

        I feel for you really. We decided to separate from the north. We are different from you. Your identity is Islamic and “some drops of Arabic blood” but we respect your identity.

        Why is it sooooo hard for you northerners to accept that we can be our own? Like Kenyan and Zambian who are all African identity?

        You want to take things that don’t belong to you like the oil and land of Nuba and Abyei.

        What is wrong with you, leave us alone we separated, period… move on with your lives

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        • 10 February 2013 12:20, by Northern Sudanese

          Flora Tong
          are you day dreaming? you are killing yourself with starvation!
          anyway, we don’t want you! your oil is running out anyway :D

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    • 24 June 2011 06:41, by dinkador1

      KHARTOUM92,
      I knew you are an arab, don’t go too deep in southern sudan affairs, one day, one time.

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    • 24 June 2011 06:54, by Addit Tera

      Hi Khartoum92
      you slave, why you don`t write your full name?
      North sudan is Evil [extremsims activities are carry out in the North]. South Sudan will never sign future relation with the evil or slaves and nincompop who came to Sudan from no where.
      Thanks

      Addit Tera Ayuel.

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    • 24 June 2011 07:45, by Waucity

      Khartoum92, don’t you know that your evil goverment poison the Nile in 1990s..Why do we hate you and call you enemies..Is because you are, a very immoral enemy that has nothing to give anybody but itself..Shame on you.

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    • 24 June 2011 07:48, by George Bol

      Khartoum92 is not Arab. I always says that and even he knows very well that he is South Sudanese,but the slave weak heart from "DOR". This is truth dear brothers.

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    • 24 June 2011 09:07, by monykuc, Southerner

      Khartoum92,

      There is no another enemy to Southern Sudanese but i wonder how silly it is to fight someone that doesn’t want you. There is nowhere on this planet where you marginalize people and you expect them to br your people. What kind of mentality is that? Let’s Southerners be free without Khartoum. Regardless of Khartoum being an enemy to South Sudan, we shall still have a good relations with them despite their negative policies and inferiority against any christian.

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    • 24 June 2011 11:23, by Flora Tong

      Khartoum2:

      I feel for you really. We decided to separate from the north. We are different from you. Your identity is Islamic and “some drops of Arabic blood” but we respect your identity.

      Why is it sooooo hard for you northerners to accept that we can be our own? Like Kenyan and Zambian who are all African identity?

      You want to take things that don’t belong to you like the oil and land of Nuba and Abyei.

      What is wrong with you, leave us alone we separated, period… move on with your lives

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    • 24 June 2011 16:50, by Deng MANYOK Awuol

      "Good English fair defense" let me assure you Mr. Capital, that your Government has never been ethical to the Southern State. Massive killing in Abyiei, air bombardment in unity state and Abyiei as well make no difference with poisoning. We are aware that your usual concept is die with millions and what you call Allah will bless you. So if your Government poisons millions of southerners who voted for separation together with 5 northerners, it would be your blessing. So mind your language behind your concept.

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  • 24 June 2011 06:29, by OMONI_JR

    This is totally black or white lies.
    The river Nile is not flow from North to south sudan,
    People need to use common sense too.
    Dont just utter some vocabulary and yet you dont know the meaning.
    Unless ugandans people poisoned us,not northerners as you claimed.

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    • 24 June 2011 07:23, by DeltaBravo

      River Nile flow from Lake Victoria through South to North all the way to Egypt. this is common sense fellows. Iam Southerner,but our people need to make sure about the news before they spread it like Wild fire. This is not what we are as Southerners.

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      • 24 June 2011 09:02, by Acinitos

        Thank you bro,most of my fellows think after theirs action,not before action.They need people like you to educate them.We southerner still have long way to go,with such talk on the page.Better if one recongnize his weakness better Zip up your empty mounth.

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      • 24 June 2011 12:30, by factorx

        Hi guys!
        Sometimes, things have to be analysis beyond ur horizon as a human being. The fact that the river has been poisoned by the enemy can’t be ruled out completely in the sense that Khartoum government has been doing a lot of malicious things to the people of South Sudan. Yes, it’s legitimate fact and a universal experiment that all Rivers have a current running to the Northern pole of the Earth but that does not prevent Khartoum from carrying out an attempt to murder Junubin. They can do it through Uganda coz most of these Ugandans are so desperate with money. They can also do it here with calculation that chemical substance may be less harmful when it reaches Khartoum. So the Director for Urban Water Cooperation has to prove it to the public beyond doubt that Nile water can neither react acidic nor basic before uttering anything nasty.

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        • 24 June 2011 17:04, by Deng MANYOK Awuol

          Excellent for the good text, people should not just be voiceless, the so called Khartoum is trying all her means to cause chaos so that independence does not happen. But this is an absolute lie, we are already independent. And for other guys, let me ask them when has river Nile’s water poisoned people since our story began? when has Khartoum been fair to South? When did you build trust in Khartoum? I’m a christian and the Bible says that "tell the truth and it will set you free", keep on befriending and we are no more friends with them.

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  • 24 June 2011 06:35, by Meendebai

    South Sudan’s people should very very weary that shit could happened.Therefore,there’s no reason to be cynical either.Otherwise,there’s no smoke without fire. But we don’t needs to be panicking right now. Let’s wait until it’s proven.

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  • 24 June 2011 06:36, by dinkador1

    WHY ARE YOU PANICKED FROM THE ARABS?

    We stop wrong informations, few days only, no more panic to those in juba the new capital city.

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  • 24 June 2011 06:50, by Paul

    few of my friends text me about it here at Jebel Kunjur. It was hilarious!

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  • 24 June 2011 07:24, by Madut Tong

    it is impossible to poison running water unless you place a permanent source of a poison somewhere to nourish the flowing water at all time which is an impossible task. Please don’t panic, also work hard to provide water to every house in Juba, it is shameful to transport water from the river to people by car every day. It is not too hard to do it since we have well trained engineers in Juba, but some incompetent leaders are hindering their work.

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  • 24 June 2011 07:26, by Emmanuel Ajang Solomon

    Too much fear will one day bring us down.

    Why are we not doing our own things.
    Khartoum will one day know having bad neigbhuor is not good and most of the Governemten both in the south or north will make sure they have good relation with their neighbuors.

    Khartoum is giving your own brothers gun to come and attack u in day light not through water contimenation or food,we have to be strong hearted also not any thing is Khartoum they are doing their things in day light where are your things give Darfurians, Nubian,Blue nile people some thing and Khartoum will be quiet or friendly Government is what we want in the south.

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  • 24 June 2011 08:03, by mohammed ali

    It is simply hate-mongers investing in ignorance.How can you poison a running river like the Nile.

    May be the Jalaba, Arabs Mandokurrow have invented a reverse gear for the Nile!

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  • 24 June 2011 08:11, by randit

    Considering the amount of filth flowing from Juba into the Nile, that water is already deadly. People are getting scared by the idea of a chemical poison when they should be more concerned by the fact that they are washing, defecating and drinking from the same source. It is a shame to the government that after six years of development and countless millions from donors that clean water sources havn’t been established.

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    • 24 June 2011 09:08, by dakin

      River water is not safe for drinking in the very first place.
      Fellow southerners, it make sense for us to say that GOSS or Saliva Kiss is poisoning us!
      HAHA! Mr. Wectuor so you sent your team to proof the absence of chemicals poisoning in the Nile water.
      Didn’t they also see some disease causing bacteria or germs in the Nile water.
      If I were you I would better resign from such a useless ministry that is poisoning its citizens

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  • 24 June 2011 13:54, by kuac Agol

    Dear southerners.

    I would like to comment on this article about the rumour of water poisoning in the Nile river.

    The issue came up and it is very challenging of course to the south sudan government because we have our ministry of water resource which may concern with water rather than grabbing the news from unqualify source which is very challeng against the minstry concern.

    If the population think that water polution may come from the North that is a big untrue to us all because the water polution may come from within the country ,we have the sewages from all the hotels situtated in the river side, the bottles they through in the Nile every day and so on.

    And you people are talking of keeping Juba clean and forget of keeping Nile water clean because much part of our population in south sudan are depending on Nile water only and all the ministries are depending on mineral water[safe water from the factories.

    However the minority will enjoy the independent of outh sudan and more will be admitted in the Juba teaching hospital and other clinic though.

    i call the God of marginalized to help save the life of these innocent by the street of Konykonya and by Oasis hotel to survive upto the independent day.

    Keep Juba clean and Nile water clean too.

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  • 24 June 2011 20:13, by deltakilo144@yahoo.co.uk

    Iam saddened by Khartoum sought of indebtedness of playing such kind of embrassement such as poisoning River Nile water.it an enemy that people should not forget in their life,we remember the History of Israel and Plastine,one time one day Southern Sudan will be second new Israel.it is a role that Bashir usually play,he is posing innocent civilian in Darfur and also apply it to Southern Sudan,i remember in 1986 in Wau General Abugur and Abdhala Gurma were using the "so -called killing a salve by salve,inwhich innocent civilian were captured in near villages like Marial Baai,Warap etc and were put in Greendi prison and poisoned by carbonmonoxide to death and others were being killing by slaughtering or sword by panga,also small Girls,old women and fresh young ladies were highly rape by SAF forces in Bhare El Ghazal Region.so it is shameful to Northerners to make that deal of poisioning the River Nile water.
    The True Citizen
    from Lekakudu.

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  • 24 June 2011 23:52, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Hello dear:@African

    The weak leaders would talk division of their own land.
    why not talk how to tackle the enemy.the enemy canattempt to poison the water,but River is too big for that and it still running North too. it is complicated to do that,they did it many time in land water in western Uppernile etc.

    Giving little pieces of Land to Arab in Sudan is a piece of shames to those who think separatist in Sudan.
    I myself do not adore the division of Sudan that give Arab chance in Africa. They need to cross Sinai Channel to Middle East. We have Black African people around the worlds that are suffering of no Land. They are getting humiliated at every corners of the world.

    Africa is for African; not for Arab. If we wanted to live in this planet, we must fight for our own Good. There is no where you found black people mainland than Africa.

    Others are just Peripherals Island.
    Go to Middle East black have right.
    Far East, black never exist Right
    Europe, black no right
    Two America, black of life of the black is like hell.
    All five continents Africa are suffering.

    All those Arab in Sudan are formers Slaves facilitators.
    What the black people have to put in mind, we do not know that we are among in in dangerous species around the world. We must fight for Africa up to end.
    Never give invaders a chance in Africa. Like those Nuer foolish separatist that are affecting our liberation in Sudan.

    Lord of the Nile

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  • 25 June 2011 09:47, by Konan

    I don’t know should I weep of laugh? It is quite normal that some illiterate people would believe such rumors, although it is unbelievable or sound unrealistic, but I wonder how some people who are supposed to be educated and enlightened would utter such silly and racist comments that could lead you to prison in some countries. All of you missed the One Million Dollar Question!!! Why only some lucky people and Govt. officials have access to clean water? SPLA received around eleven billion dollars from the North where this huge money gone? Wasn’t that enough to construct water treatment plants and pipelines in more than six years? Please use your mind before commenting on such sensitive issues. Moreover can the North assume that some SPLM agents distributed poisoned spirits to homeless people in Khartoum streets which killed more than 50 helpless and innocent children? As far as I know nobody said such stupid things and the authorities are investigating the case and arrested many suspects.

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