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Murle and Lou Nuer hold peace meeting in Jonglei

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By John Actually

October 7, 2011 (BOR) - A two day peace building initiative between South Sudan’s Lou Nuer and Murle tribes began in Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, on Friday in an effort to restore relations after fighting and cattle raiding between the two groups has killed an estimated 1,000 people since June.

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Murle leaader Ismeal Konyi at the peace building meeting with the Luo Nuer tribe in Bor, Jonglei state on Friday. October 7, 2011 (ST)

The event, which brought together at least 100 MPs from both the South Sudan national assembly and Jonglei state legislature, comes after Murle raiders from Pibor County attacked Uror County populated mainly by the Luo branch of the Nuer ethnic group in August.

Local reports indicate that over 600 were killed in the raid believed to be a response to attacks by Luo Nuer groups against Murle areas in June that killed around 400 people.

Organised by Sudan Council of Churches and chaired by Archbishop of Episcopal Church of Sudan Daniel Deng Bul, the meeting hopes to initiate a peace dialogue between the groups an find ways to stop the cycle of violence.

According to a statement released by Archbishop Deng on Friday, both the Murle in Lanaam and Lou Nuer in Pieri are mobilising themselves for further attacks.

Archbishop Deng, in his opening remarks, said the fighting was an insult to South Sudan, which became independent in July this year as part of a peace deal with the north. Despite a 2005 peace deal South Sudan has remained unstable fueled by a high proliferation of light weapons, widespread poverty and various rebel groups. The social status attached to cattle, which are used to pay dowries, has also exacerbated conflict between ethnic groups.

Anyone who instigates the murder of another is worse than the North Sudanese government that “our people fought so hard to be free from”, the Archbishop said. South Sudanese rebels the SPLM fought successive Khartoum governments for 22 years until the Comprehensive Peace Agreement was signed in 2005 granting the region the right to self-determination.

Deng described those taking part in fighting in the world’s newest country as “an enemy of this nation" and the people of South Sudan.

“We have gathered here in shame”, he said.

“We people were butchered across the ethnic communities and we stood by and watch it happened. This is the time to come together and acknowledge that we have all failed as leaders”, he said.

Deng told the participants that they must be committed to share the burden of setting the system to avoid a repeat of "evil" acts.

The meeting proposed that leaders from both communities tell their young men to stop the fighting and not to receive weapons from rebel groups operating in South Sudan. The MPs also agreed that both groups should be disarmed and extra security forces deployed along the borders with the two groups.

They also noted that the security services would be better able to respond to emergencies and attacks if Jonglei had a better road network and improved airstrips. Lack of investment and decades of conflict has left South Sudan chronically underdeveloped, especially in terms of infrastructure.

Jonglei’s state governor, Kuol Manyang Juuk, told the meeting he appreciated the peace building initiatives and urged the legislators of the two assemblies and the church leaders to come up with modalities of putting to an end the persistent violence in the state.

The meeting also decided that committees consisting of church leaders and MPs from both communities should meet with their youth to spread a message of peace in order to try and put an end to the violence.

One of the most disturbing aspects of the raids are the reports of the abduction of women and children. The MPs suggested that a campaign be established to facilitate the return of the women and children to be reunited with their families.

(ST)

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  • 8 October 2011 08:28, by mafitabu

    Let it be fact that you will not kill each others again.
    We people from other states know that MURLE,NUER AND DINKAS are all criminals and most of you are in prison(killers with out any reason)

    STOP THAT ANIMALS BEHAVIORS OUR BROTHERS.

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    • 8 October 2011 08:57, by Madit Magot

      It is with great happiness to learn that our brothers Murle and Lou Nuer are knocking at the door of peace and reconciliation. As many have been speculating, this conflict between you was brought about by poverty,neglect to human dignity and worst of all some leaders’ had their hands on fuelling this war.

      Let this be an opportunity to learn from the past and set the upright path to freedom.

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    • 8 October 2011 09:10, by anyieth

      skirmishes among these three communities can not be only solved through dialogue but also through military intervention.this is the right moment for state army to be deployed in Murle, Nuer and Dinka bor areas to cater for those needs.such behaviours are caused by lack of education and i suggest that the state government should build more schools in its counties to enhance peace and harmony.

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    • 8 October 2011 10:29

      You misunderstand, Dinka and Nuer are better because they can understand. But Murle are most violent, there was many peace talk in many years and murle is the one violet it. take an example Dinka Bor and Nuer make a peace in 2000 and they didnot fight again upto now, Because they are respected the responsibilities they holding in gov, but murle cannot young man, women, mp, commisioner are the same

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    • 8 October 2011 10:31

      My Dear, are you a part of solution or part of Destruction?and what is the connection between Dinkas and isuue of Murle and Nuer, and you are calling Dinkas Anumals. this can’t make no meaning at all.please we are in a procese to make South Sudan as a one tribe which is call South Sudan.like others places which i visit them.

      thanks and God bless you.

      Gabriel

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    • 8 October 2011 11:18, by Peter Nhiany

      Thanks to all of our leaders who are involved in this peace initiative. Killing in Jonglei becomes a horrendous behavior which undermind peaceful co-existence in the State and Southern Sudan. May it be ever lasting reconcikiation. Local leaders should take serious responsibilities to talk to and control their youth. Thanks to Bishop Daniel Deng Bul for his work. God bless him. Konyi should step up

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    • 8 October 2011 12:18, by Duop Juol Duach

      I commended the meeting that took place yesterday in jonglei
      State capital,those who say that Lou Nuer youth are going to Murle areas is not true as wel its propagandas.
      By Uror Youth chair person,
      Mr,Duop Juol Duach-Yuai Uror county.

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    • 8 October 2011 16:12, by mon-mandhal 1

      Eys,Matfia might be right to advised these three tribes which ,he indescrimine described to be all criminals ,but the problem is how will murle understand the importance of peace since they are peace violetors?.

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    • 8 October 2011 16:37, by mon-mandhal 1

      The meeting is most apperiacted by peace lovers ,while the benificeries of so call cattle raiding are moving parallely to the co,existence.

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  • 8 October 2011 11:11

    Reconciliation is good but if uneven distriution of resources in the states of Jonglei, marginalizing Murle, bullying them,targeting by Excessive masses of Dinkas and Nuer, this would be a futile work.root causes must be addressed....

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  • 8 October 2011 13:25, by epuol

    Is good to point on something that is mentioning as asubject as mentioned those three tribes of being fighting in the state of Jonglei,And i thing if it is amatter of criminality,It is all South Sudanese poeples who are criminal including you.

    AS amatter of factofcourse,we need peace to progress our this new state let us all calling for peace so htat our country to be blessed.
    Let them keep it up

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  • 8 October 2011 13:27, by panda4

    Well there is nothing wrong with the peace but my worry is, nobody is going to implement this peace because the government is not serious with this peace look since 2005 government should have done something about peace,deploy soldier around these hostile communities

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  • 8 October 2011 14:46, by kimatong

    “We people were butchered across the ethnic communities and we stood by and watch it happened."
    Yes indeed, Archbishop Deng, this madness of killing our people must stop.

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  • 10 October 2011 12:12, by BOTH NGUOT

    THIS STATE MUST BE DIVIDE OTHERWISE GENOCIDE WILL OCCUR.

    I think it’s not a first time for a peace to sign in Jonglei state. what is taking place in this state is just like the film of TOM and JERRY that always please the people(BOR)who watch it. In fact, being together as Jonglei state people become boring. a state that do not deliver serves to it’s people equally. useless state on earth.

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    • 10 October 2011 16:43, by Anurmalok

      I done see the reason that people of Bor are watching of what happened between Murle and Nuer but willing to bring solution to both communities as well as they expected. in fact, Jonglei as whole should not be divided in to many part which will not lead us to our objectives as very state the movement began. please dear brothers and sisters let stop blaming one another if there are some crisis.

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