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June 15, 2009 (JUBA) – The UN relief barges ambushed last Friday on the Sobat River were carrying hidden ammunition, insinuated a statement stemming from the Nasir County Community in Juba, South Sudan.

Over 40 people may have died in the attack, in which armed civilians of the eastern Jikany Nuer attacked a UN World Food Programme barge convoy guarded by SPLA soldiers. So far 16 boats have returned to Nasir, all without the food they were carrying, according to Michelle Iseminger, the head of WFP’s Juba programme. UNMIS peacekeepers report that 5 boats may have sunk, while WFP Juba Logistics heard that 4 had sunk.

The boats were on their way from Nasir to Akobo, after having been blockaded in Nasir until south Sudanese government officials negotiated their departure on Friday. The United Nations says that the 27 barges were carrying humanitarian aid and Iseminger calls the development "a massive blow for the operation" of getting food into Akobo, where WFP last distributed a 15-day ration for displaced 16,000 people in April.

Lou Nuer, residing in Akobo, and eastern Jikany Nuer around Nasir, fought a war between 1993 and 2004, in the wake of a split within the dominant insurgency in the south. Among many peace conferences during that period and subsequently, one was conducted in Ulang County around March this year. The conference did not forestall bloody attacks, including one by Lou fighters at Torkech in which 75 people were killed or drowned while trying to flee.

Reflecting the distrust and animosity between the Lou and Jikany, the statement today from the Nasir representatives in Juba questions whether the barge convoy had another agenda other than feeding the displaced Lou civilians.

"When the local authority tried to inspect these boats, they were refused to inspect three boats and this raised doubts that the three boats might be carrying harmful objects, possibly arms or ammunitions. After learning this, questions about who owns these boats and under whose responsibility arose," it says.

"It was later discovered that the boats were under direct responsibility of Dr. Riek Gai Kok, the Presidential Advisor to the President of Republic, Omar Hasan Al-Bashir. Other sources which are yet to be confirmed revealed that 18 of these boats were sent by UNHCR," they state.

Furthermore, the letter questions why SPLA soldiers were accompanying the barges rather than UN peacekeepers serving with UNMIS.

But the authors affirm the history of their loyalty to the cause of SPLM/A, saying "We gave everything without reservation ranging from human beings, livestock, and food including free firearms during Anyanya (I) rebellion when guns were rare commodities to find by which to prosecute the war. Our man once Alternate commander John Jok Mundit was the one who received late Garang with his family and hosted them in his house in Ethiopian town of Thiajak or Adura."

"Mandeng village twenty miles south of Nasir town is the first place where SPLA gunned down the first two Airplanes in 1983. Late Lt General Stephen Duol Chol was the one who helped in uniting Anyanya two and SPLA in 1987. He fought gallantly all through during the SPLA struggle till the time of his untimely death in 2007," recalls the document.

Then the letter asks, "With these wonderful contributions, why SPLA is still conspiring against our people?"

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  • 16 June 2009 07:23, by Joseph

    I comment on this issue before two days that it was not food alone three boats carrying bullets and guns. If this is Riak Gai then that is NCP games.
    But shame on unknown SPLA who are doing sexual abuse, burning houses and killing civilians.
    Kindly advising politician and senior SPLA official to stop this bloodshed.

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    • 16 June 2009 08:02, by junub

      Joseph,

      Where did you find that news of yours that SPLA army have sexually abused, burn houses and killed civilians?

      Please try to be in your mind atleast because your accusations are so baseless. There is no such news that what you saying have happened.

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      • 16 June 2009 11:16, by Sala Gai

        My dear reader

        Abel Alier has done nothing to the Southern likely bad to his people, why he has been brought up by the NCP to be the Elected commission chairperson for the whole Sudan , never nevertheless,if you are appointed and put in that position, will you deny the right of the people?, who have the majority of population or not.

        Abel Alier has divide the seat according to the result population that he have receive during the census result, we should not blame him in that matter.if we no the human right / right of people at once .

        Coming to the differences between Lam & Abel
        Abel did not breakout from SPLA/SPLM and work against his people .he has just made mistake of making peace in ADIS ABBA Ethiopia. but Lam breakout from his people ,Also he work against the SPLA/SPLM in 1991 how can we compare them in that matter.

        Good governance made them to show to Southern

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    • 16 June 2009 08:15, by Dool Dit

      Dear Joseph
      The only negligence to our community is that they always divert the truth to tricks.
      What happened in Nasir have got no connection to NCP activities in the south as we expected it is very pure incident that afliated by on going hatred between Lou and Jikany Nuer SPLA army can not allow flowing of firearm or ammunition to civilliant in any area in south sudan if they did it that is very very hurtful to our community.
      The army escort would have been from Lou Nuer all but that will not be called SPLA it should be Lou only because but i suspected those who escorted the barges included sons from Nasir community are among the soldiers.
      My appeal to those Nasir county figures is that they just want to increase the problem instead of solving it, let us not repeat what happened to the same Lou Nuer in 2006 as most of our community leaders use to support the wrong part instead of bringing an end to the problem that is what happened in 2006 for those who are staying in America and other places around the world while they are not seeing what is going on at ground level.
      Let us give good advises to our beloved community and God will bless our future.

      Dool Dit

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  • 16 June 2009 07:48, by junub

    It could be true the ammunition barge might have been included among UN relief convoy to Akobo, which I think the person behind this plans could be Riak Machar but not Riak Gai. I said so because Riak Machar has no good but the dirty game to play against Southerners since he know he is going to lose his postion next year. Riak Machar is trying to portray Riak Gai as one behind the scheme because he is an NCP member. No blame to Jikany Nuer despite what because the Torkech massacre by Lou Nuer have saddened everyone.

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    • 16 June 2009 08:12, by kuol

      mr Junub, for you information you are right on some of your comment but DR. Riek machar is not type of person that can do that. The only people are behind it is Luk Joak and Riek Gach because they are agiants peace that the New commissioner of Akobo is going to make between Lou and Jikany which is stupid idea.

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      • 16 June 2009 08:27, by Dool Dit

        Mr Kuol

        I think people you are crazy and i believe that most of you are children with little knowledge of people of southern sudan.
        What is going on in Nasir does not involve any politics otherwise let us wait and see the result of the investigation that was going on right now whether arms or ammunition is involved.
        Do not be surprise by silly publication
        Thanks
        Dool Dit

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      • 16 June 2009 08:42, by John Chol

        Same on those who encouraged burgled of weapons and bullets to the south civlians. Shame on Joseph who gossiping and told lies to the readers. Shame on every one who has a lying lips. 10 Shame on Joseph for excussing the SPLA for nothing big shame to you Man!

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      • 16 June 2009 09:28, by Joseph

        Kuol,

        You have little knowledge of what taking place in Nasir I could not even response to people like Junub because his comment base on tribal against Dr Riek Machar.
        John Luk may be involved; on April this year he held a meeting where the agenda was about insecurity which brough by Murle, Dinka Bor and Jikang Nuer. Immediately on May 8, 2009 the Lou Nuer attack Torkech more then 75 where kill at one night and their food and cattle had been taken. For the new commissioner of Akoba who is forma Director in presidential office his objective is to bring people together, and develop his county. If John Luk is against him then he might had hand on that.

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        • 17 June 2009 00:04, by junub

          Joseph,

          Oh, no. You don’t have to response to my question where have you found your baseless news that the SPLA army have done what you just claimed, if you did know you were saying crap against SPLA army.

          Yeah, Riak Machar could be behind that incident not Riak Gai as some trying to claimed in Juba. Riak Machar will have link to the attack because he previously rescued the pro-Arabnuer militia leader, Tangiyang, whatever his name is, when the patriotic SPLA army were about to arrest him in Malakal.

          Riak Machar is now trying very hard to armed his former militia in order to evoke any chaos when he lost his seat next year. Of course others might be involved in plan to smuggle ammunitions to barbaric militia of Lou Nuer, but Riak Machar is the prime masterminded to that plan.

          The investigation team should need to be told that they shouldn’t be only dive under the Sobat river to find out whether the sunk barges were carrying ammunitions, but also to have some investigators to interrogate Riak Machar as he will be behind it.

          Chances of harmony and peace to prevail in Southern Sudan when Riak Machar in the the GoSS government are very rear.

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        • 17 June 2009 17:43, by Rambang

          Thank you very much Dool Dit. We must learn to evaluate the news. The SPLA can not escort arms to certain group of civilians as its involve everyone. Further more, the Lou can not transport arms through Nasir knowing the community in Nasir is Jikany and the two communities have their problems.

          Joseph, I wonder how old you are because you are not making sense in your statement. Riek Machar is not the only Nuer and critics against him are personal. You are among the people who want to win sympathy by creating tribal conflict instead of doing good and your deeds talk to the people. The meeting you mentioned was a briefing from Lou Peace Team who went to visit Lou during the fighting. John Luk was not even the chairman of that meeting. He did not even give a speech but just read the resolutions and people’s opinions. You should have known that no politician can held a meeting to wage war. You are just ignorance thus I won’t blame you. John Luk is not against Goi as well. You are the kind of people who move up and down to create problem where there is none. Shame on you man and the Public will learn about you and isolate you soon. The Torkech incident was not done by Lou but by a group of individuals. The Lou can’t attack Torkech alone, they won’t even fit. The Lou were attacked by Jukany when their young men were after their stolen animals in Murle. 15 people were killed with men being only two elderly ones. The Lou advised themselves not to retaliate after they came back. Unfortunately, the Jikany again attacked some families on their way top Guaguang territory for rainy season, killing everyone and stole several cattle. Those who came for the rescue found everyone dead. They decided to follow the foot prints and that led them to Torkech where they attacked. So you are just silly and primitive. Junub should also learn to see the root cause of events.

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      • 21 June 2009 09:52, by Rambang

        Mr. Kuol.
        It makes no sense accusing people of baing against asumed peace the new Akobo commisioner will make against Jikany. You don’t have any evident beside the two leaders you are accusing having no involvement in the internal affair. John Luk and Riek Gai are leaders and they have their own clans. If they incited people to attack the Jikany, then their clan could have been involve. Plus, if they are involve, the attack could have been of a large scale.

        The new commisioner of Akobo is endores by all the people of Akobo including John Luk and Riek Gai. He has been talking to them, specially John Luk like every day. If the two had issues, then the won’t be able to discuss anything sensible.

        The people who are always involve in civilians affairs are the Jikany politicians. Just be reasonable and carefully read and listen to their statements. John Luk and Riek Gai do not have the capacity to order SPLA officers to go from here to there

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    • 16 June 2009 08:38, by Ajuscommando

      I have no much to said about Nuer since they have black mind with low capacity thinking. We try our best to advice them so that they will change like others and no improvement from the community. Let Nuer people fuck themselves alone and tell SPLA troops to leave the place.

      Ajus

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      • 17 June 2009 10:01, by dotcom

        man this is funny. how can u advice a whole community? it also shows your low thinking as individual. u are the kinds of people that promote hatred on the news media. can u refrain? look at what u have said and quote "like others". don’t you know that u are offending other communities as well? who will you blame when u get killed by those "others" tribe because of your stingy mouth?
        avoid hatred commentaries that may ignite community to community unrest. hope u understand

        Dotcom

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        • 21 June 2009 10:02, by Rambang

          Thank you Dotcom. That is very kind of you. The only thing we need to realize is that the whole of Southern Sudan is not in peace. Community against community is at it worse and these could not be blame on certain tribe. Our community need us and we have to educate them the goodness of living in peace.We must learn to live as a community with common hitory.

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      • 18 June 2009 07:43, by Rambang

        Dear Ajuscommando

        I don’t know where on this world to you live because you seem not to be aware of what i going on in Southern Sudan except for Nuer land. Let me just inform you that recently a commissioner was kill somewhere I don’t if it Wau or Gogrial. This didn’t happen any where in the whole of Southern Sudan. So, terrible things are happening every where in the South and not among the Nuer. We must realize our Communities are heading to doom and see a way of helping them instead of insisting on tribal hatred.

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  • 16 June 2009 09:02, by ghetto

    It was a mistake to bring back Gatluak Deng for governorship in Malakal. Everything was right when Dak Dup was govenor of Malakal because he is from Gajaak. It is insane when one condones criminal act like what happened in those boats. If splm is capable and competitive as party in power for Southern Sudan, investigation should be started in Gatluak Deng office, security in Malakal, all the check points before barges arrived in Nasir, Nasir commissioner office, security in Nasir, Gathoth Mai (chief of staff in spla). Not far, it was consperacy and set-up to rob these barges and killed people.The question would be why officials in Nasir gave these barges green light to go to Akobo? Hours later boats were attack. Could that be foul play? Commissioner of Nasir would have the answer. It was hoax and lies to say guns and ammunitions were in those boats.

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  • 16 June 2009 10:04, by Thokidine

    Dear All,

    It is really amuzing for SPLA soldiers killing its own citizens. Nasir could be considered as a great historical place known every where because it hosted every formed government. In 70s it hosted the Anya-Nya, 80s it hosted SPLA and 90s it hosted the so called SSIM. What goods a county like Nasir could do if all these things were in vain??

    I fully understood now that our government (GoSS) is a failed and corrupt government that will never do goods to us. Here is some question to be responded by any one who see himself capable of answering.

    Q1. Why is there more tribe/clan fighting while we have a government (GoSS)?????????

    Q2. Why is it so easy for President Kiir to flight from Juba to Malakal to settle only dinka clan problem (Attar and Khorflus clan) then flying to Jonglie to solve the trible fighting between Murle and Lou Nuer, then to upper Nile to solve the problem between Dinka and Shilluk?????

    SPLA, SPLA, i don’t think those soldiers killing Nasir citizen are the real spla forces that had been served by with walwal, kop and liac of that river. they are the grabe and bribed soldier who went for looting and joint the army because of money. Nasir had killed thousand of people to get it out of arab, thousand of cows, goats and sheep had been fed to the real spla soldier fighting for the welfare of the citizen. There is not point for Nasir citizen to stikes against its own government that they have hosted a decades but something must be running against the scene.

    I know SPLA high commanders are bribe lover who can easily be fooled by money. Why fighting civilian when they really know the source of the problem (Riek Gai)Nasir civilian had never ever made any attempt on UN boat since then why today????. You fool SPLA leaders including your president, watch out, it is not the strongest SPLA led by that powerfull men (Garang and Nyuon). it is your weak and corrupt SPLA that is nearly falling. Mind you SPLA can break any time any where and it has already been started by H.E. Dr. Lam Akol. Some one else will follow if you keep practising your bad behavoir against civilian by killinf them, raping their women and daugters. DUMN TO SPLA AND ITS LEADERS. MAY GOD PUNISH THOSE RUNNING FOR MONEY THAN FOR WELFARE OF SOUTHERN SUDAN

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    • 16 June 2009 10:44, by Michael Malual Mawien

      Dear Thokidine, The SPLA soldiers have never killed anyone from Nasir just they fought against the gangs who want to block the road for reliefs aids food not to reach to where the most benificiaries are. Also when there is a enemy activities that has detected in Nasir town then the SPLA forces can be sent to go and chased them away from there, and the enemy cannot be given a chance to stay in Nasir or to advance their forces to where they planed to go and invade that Nasir is a good county that has been hosted somany government institutions. i cann’t agree with you totally on that point and you have advise your friend Joseph, he should not keep on preaching against SPLA soldiers that they have done Sexual abuses in Nasir i think such kind of human abuses have not occurried. You should not ly to the world upto that stage because we are civilian so should not attempted to insult our national army of committing crimes on the civilians.

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      • 16 June 2009 11:54, by Dool Dit

        Dear Michael

        I agree with you on that point, i early retrated that what happened in Nasir is not politicised even if some of our commentators wanted to exaggerates it into their own language including Thokidine and Joseph.

        SPLA is not a tribal army any more it is a nation army today where by you will get a platoon is well mixed, you will never see 3 Nuers or Dinkas nor other tribe being in one platoon believe me i wonder where these guy got such a information of rape and burning houses but this be cause their resistant to SPLA.
        We can not expect SPLA to forgive the gangs whether it is your mother or brother we wanted SPLA TO track down every criminal and wipe them away from this nation or let them give up their weapon to SPLA and they will remain as a respected citizen.

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        • 16 June 2009 15:53, by 13012 Shepherd

          I agree with the ones argue that this conflict is not political motivated.

          The conflict between Lou-Nuer with Jikany Nuer ,Lou-Nuer with Bor-Dinka, LouNuer with Murle and Murle with Bor Dinka has nothing to do with the politicians in Juba. The issue here is about looting of cows, food relief like the recent one and kidnapping of children for commercial purposes.

          Unless the civil population decided to stay in haromony with one another, There will be no peace in Southern Sudan.

          Some fools are blaming Salva Kiir for not handling the growing insecurity in the region but i can tell you guys no leader even the late Dr. Garang couldn’t have done much to normalize the security.

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          • 17 June 2009 06:44, by peemoney

            U lou nuer people are really stupid people i even seen. why u lets urselves been used by arab again open ur fuckin brain and look man. is a new sudan c how many people juss die for nothin , juss behavior likes the rest of nuer people , u guy really behind is better u guy should juss die all

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            • 17 June 2009 08:46, by Tyson woath

              I reckon you don’t even remember your name, because your English sounds like some who never went to school from fucking Bor community.
              Leave the Nuers alone to solve their problems, you fucking Dinkas want to take advantage of our problems, in the name of Ngondang Bong we shell unite once again and rule this nation one day. We have some of our politician’s who are behind this supported by Dink and Arabs we knew them very well, shame on them all.
              Our area of lou was never librated by any fucking Arabs and you all thinks we for Arabs interest.

              My people let us unite for Ngondang, let us unite for peace.

              Tyson………

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              • 17 June 2009 09:08, by Ayuel

                SPLA is a national Army protecting our land and its people and not the trible army which can easily kill or finish any tribes in South Sudan.

                So Nuer should understand that SPLA can not transport the ammunition to other Nuer community to kill each other there.

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                • 18 June 2009 13:48, by Epuol

                  june 18 2009

                  Dear dool dit

                  It is good for all of us to put our comment and telt the truth to our readers.because i have learned that you are agood commentator but dennying some of the fact.if some one mentioned what he/she know and have seen,You batter peridict out some point of view from where the source of information come from.

                  Ofcourse that case does,t involve politice but we should reveal all the objection that are faced in the area,for good the village was burned and the soldiers are still commiting some criminal act in the area.If we comment and leaving the basic points it show our tribalim.

                  As we know the incident that had been happened in Torkech and the other occurence that had been happened every where in the south,All have gone sorry, The goverment will take action for insignificant occurence that are still practicing in the country.

                  and faithfully epaul

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