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Over 120,000 displaced in South Sudan ethnic violence


January 20, 2012 (JUBA) - The United Nations (UN) has expressed serious concerns over the plight of more than 120,000 people, mainly women and children believed to have been displaced by ethnic violence in South Sudan’s largest state of Jonglei.

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Victims of ethnic violence in Jonglei state in South Sudan wait in line at the World Food Program distribution center in Pibor to receive emergency food rations, last week. Tens of thousands fled their homes after ethnic violence erupted in Pibor county (Michael Onyiego/AP)

Lise Grande, the UN humanitarian coordinator for South Sudan on Friday described the situation as “very serious” saying those affected by the cycle of violence in the region urgently require humanitarian assistance.

“I can tell you the violence in Jonglei hasn’t yet stopped,” she said.

“A lot of help is needed to assist those displaced and this should be the number one priority.”

Two weeks ago Grande said the UN had launched an immense emergency operation meant to aid about 60,000 people, but the figure has doubled, raising fears of a humanitarian catastrophe in the troubled region.

In late January as many as 8,000 armed men from the Lou-Nuer tribe attacked Pibor County, which is home to the Murle community.

Before the attack, over New Year over 1,000 were killed in raids and counter raids between the two groups over the previous seven months. As well as cattle being stolen in the raids, women and children are often abducted and properties set fire to.

When the attack began the UN advised citizens to flee Pibor town and other areas. Slowly displaced people are returning to their areas after taking refuge in the bush.

The UN has criticised the media for quoting the Commissioner of Pibor as saying that over 3,000 people died in the Murle offensive. The figure has not been verified.

Over the last week the Murle have attacked Akobo, Uror and Duk Padiet Counties killing more than 80 people, local officials say. The UN says those killed in Duk Padiet could be between 50 and 80. An estimated 300 houses were set on fire in Duk Padiet in Duk County.

On Thursday, Hilde F. Johnson, the Special Representative to the Secretary General (SRSG) warned against hate messages used to incite violence, urging the government and local authorities to institute investigations and bring the perpetrators of violence to justice.

Grande, also the deputy SRSG told journalists in Juba, the South Sudan capital, described their intervention as the “most complex” and “expensive” humanitarian assistance the UN has provided in South Sudan since the 2005 signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). She appealed to the conflicting parties in the conflict to respect the neutrality of all humanitarian actors in the region.

“We are extremely concerned that humanitarian facilities, including health centres, are being targeted during attacks,” adding that, “We call upon all parties to respect the neutrality of humanitarian partners.”

Grande also decried the poor state of infrastructure, insufficient staff numbers and limited accessibility to the conflict areas. The UN estimates that this year alone, nearly three million could be relatively food insecure in South Sudan.

"I think it is essential that this year’s appeal is adequately resourced early in 2012 to ensure we meet our commitments to the people of South Sudan," she said.

In November last year, the UN launched an humanitarian appeal for over US $760 million, as part of efforts to address the worsening humanitarian situation in Africa’s newest nation. Areas earmarked include provision of water and sanitation services, education and nutrition.

Speaking at the same press briefing Yasmin Ali Haque, head of the United Nations’ Children Funds (UNICEF) in South Sudan, said children have borne the burden of the ethnic conflict over the last year.

Haque said that 342 children (184 boys and 158 girls) are reported to have gone missing while an additional 254 are believed to have been killed as 70 of them were verified to have died as a consequence of the conflict in 2011.

“As a result of the conflict, 117 children, 65 boys and 52 girls were verified as unaccompanied. Out of 109 children have so far been unified but this may increase as more people returns and more areas becomes accessible," Haque said, referring to overall figures.

She, however, said the situation was returning to normal as reports from local authorities indicate that recreational kits were helping children bring some joy not only children but also to adults and members of the society.

Earlier, Grande, said assessments are being conducted while relief assistances are also being provided in the conflict affected areas.

A coordination hub has been established in Pibor town with 15 humanitarian organisations already on the ground.

"They are working on water points and are providing food, household items, emergency education, nutrition, protection and medical assistance. Similar assistances are also being provided in Gumuruk, Likuangole, Boma and Walgak, and other villages will receive aid soon”, she told the press conference.

The top UN official explained further that the recent tribal conflict in Jonglei has compounded an already difficult humanitarian situation in the country but said the humanitarians in collaboration with the government were committed to restoring lives of the affected communities.

“Before the crisis in Jonglei, partners were over-stretched, and are now supporting 30 simultaneous emergency operations”, she said explaining that more than 350,000 people were forced from their homes in 2011 when tensions on the border with Sudan escalated, triggering fresh displacement.

“You may be aware that violence which erupted in Abyei displaced 110,000 people into Agok and neighboring areas in South Sudan. The ongoing conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states in Sudan uprooted an estimated 80,000 people. Some people have fled into Ethiopia while others entered South Sudan since June 2011. Hundreds of new refugees continue to arrive every week”.

Grande stressed that “operations in South Sudan are some of the most difficult and expensive in the region due to the combination of poor infrastructure and limited accessibility. It’s a race against time every year to ensure that life-saving supplies are purchased and pre-positioned before the rains arrive. These attacks have occurred at the beginning of the dry season when stocks are at their lowest.”


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  • 21 January 2012 07:17, by omoni jr.

    UN and south sudan government.
    We are so tired of Dinka,Nuer,and Murle for killing themselves.This is what you can do!!!!!.
    1-provide all three communities guns.
    2-government have to take all damn cows/cattle.

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    • 21 January 2012 07:24, by NUER ONE

      UN don’t give them food even no drugs to Dinkas and nuer, we are tired.Soon they will turn their guns to kill you like their cattle.

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      • 23 January 2012 08:45, by Rine Village

        My dear your not UN who provide IDPs with basic need like food, shelters and Medicine. If you are UN kept your properties aside.

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    • 21 January 2012 07:32, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      just reason like human being not like monkey. cows are our nilotic pride, and the problem is that your coward associated murle are lazy or got no telant to have their own cows in which the resort to stealling of other people cows.
      We don’t know how to keep chicken because we are so rich with our cattles. we do not steall them form anybody so shut the fuck off son of poor congles and uganda.

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      • 21 January 2012 20:26, by LL Reuben


        I’m delighted that some are echoing my assertion from yesterday, that the UN is the one fueling conflict in Jonglei in order to benefit tremendously from it. Indeeds fellows, the alliance of the United Nation and Murlei are coordinating for each other interest. UN gives food to Murlei to get strong, and the Murlei in turn orchestrated reprisal attack on Dinka and Nuer respectively.

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    • 21 January 2012 08:58, by SeekingTruth


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      • 21 January 2012 09:04, by SeekingTruth


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    • 21 January 2012 09:35, by Ayuen deng

      The UN is bias why focusing on pibor alone what about other affected communities in jonglei?

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    • 21 January 2012 12:21, by MoMur

      Omonj jr
      don’t bring ur idiotic manner into this forum. u need Dinka, Nuer N Murle to finish themselves? then, what will you get? sincerely speaking dear. Murle will be wipe out this time round and the next step for Nuer N Dinka is to let all Anti-dinka/Anti-Nuer run short of life. All will suffer.

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      • 21 January 2012 16:20, by Chamwaranywaa

        @ Momur
        The fact is that a top dirty toilet or a country inhabited by flies is better off than a country inhabited by only Nuer and Dinka.
        Because of your presence in South Sudan, corruption (the greatest greed) is at its worst stage now though u have a little fear of doing it in the presence of other tribes who are purehearted like the Murle, Anyuak, Equatorian.....! How worst will it be if it happens that other tribes are wipped out of South Sudan and Nuer and Dinka become the only inhabitants!!
        My dog Momur, greed alone will surely kill u without any external curse!

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        • 21 January 2012 19:01, by MoMur

          It wasn’t Dinka or Nuer ’s wish to whipped out the other tribes but the other method were tried already but you pple refuse to live with pple harmoniously,then , this remaining alternative is the perfect solution to this problem.
          you kept on crying and doubting like a women blaming Nuer N Dinka coz they hold top government position.

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          • 21 January 2012 19:43, by Chamwaranywaa

            We are not longing for any of such posts. Intelligence and unselfishness is enough. A time will come for to call us for those top posts as you have failed doing it the right way and destroying the nation.

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    • 21 January 2012 13:18, by SSLA/M Supporter

      Dear fellow citizens of South Sudan!

      In order to resolve the problem of South Sudan once and for good, Equatorians and their Murle cousin must secede and form their own apes’ country in that nasty tropical climate and under-resourced jungle called Equatoria region! This will curve the infiltration of Ugandans, Kenyans and Zairians gorillas that resemble Equatorians so much into South Sudan.....

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      • 21 January 2012 13:27, by SSLA/M Supporter

        and will stop importing prostitution that comes with venereal diseases and STDs such HIV that causes AIDS as well as crime! Let Nuer and Dinka cousins and other Nilotic tribes, in both Bahr El Gazal and Upper Nile Regions form their own country because unity with those guys will be very painful and bloody in days to come and God is my witness!

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        • 21 January 2012 13:32, by SSLA/M Supporter

          I meant to say venereal diseases or Sexually transmitted diseases or infections(STDs)!!

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    • 23 January 2012 13:37, by John Bang

      Mr. Omonji jr,
      UN and South Sudan will hear your crying my dear if you are not advising those thieves from Murle.UN & SS gov’t got tired of you not Nuer and Dinka.Another point,who is the gov’t my dear?

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  • 21 January 2012 07:23, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

    This oafish displacement must be blame on wicked community of gonhorrea affected tribe called murle.

    Murle become another enamy to Southrense due to their backwardness.
    if this isue is not solve now? than in two to three yrs coming there will be murle by name but not by people. take words, they become like maram of bhar el Ghazal.

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  • 21 January 2012 08:03, by George Bol

    Raiders found guilty stealing the property of others,or depriving the lives of innocent must be fire in squad or live imprisonment.

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    • 21 January 2012 11:11, by Ruach

      George Bol.These are your wicked & doom Gonorrhea & syphillis affected Murle/Jebe/Jabaar u were supporting last time killing pple at Duk Padiet.We don’t ’ve functional gov’t who can stop the criminals.Go and talk to your wicked Murle to stop abducting and killing the inocent and visionary people.

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  • 21 January 2012 08:24, by Anynya One

    Equatorian’s eye: No body would ever believe that the Dinka as leaders, Nuer a follower followed by the Murle, are so notorious in murdering children before growing! This little born! imagine "a baby nation" everybody! it needs nourishment, does not deserve disturbance as this early. Remember..these cultures are condemned and are a must to be voted off leadership in 2014. EQUATORIA MUST ACT!

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  • 21 January 2012 11:04, by Majongdulthii Anyang-majongduldit

    When is the UN bringing aids to areas affected by Murles? let them not be bias why is is it only the murles are the one being supported and they even displaced thousands of civilians in other part of the state during the recent days where hundreds died and hundreds of children abducted.

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  • 21 January 2012 12:43, by Mi diit

    UN is bias!

    The bias so called United nations is grooming Murle tribe by feeding it alone excessively so that they become very strong and energetic to attack Dinka and Nuer villages. UN doesn’t care about the other affected children, women and elderly in Dinka and Nuer areas. What a situation.

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  • 22 January 2012 04:59, by N.O.Y.B.S

    I’m so damn sick of these idiots Luo Nuer dirty as monkey of south sudan uneducated fool.

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    • 23 January 2012 13:23, by Ruach

      Using the abreviation as a name is a cowardic manner to insult Lou-Nuer,not Luo-Nuer.Foreigners must be banned from using this discussion forum.Who authorise u to talk on our affairs?Shame on u son of uggly Ape who steal our pride!

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    • 23 January 2012 14:45, by John Bang

      Sir,you can not called Lou Nuer as Idiots, you are the one who is dirty and adodo person who does not know anything from this nation.Nuer are educated enough not to be compared with you Nyamnyam.If we are dirty like monkey, how dirty you could be?Dirty face like you fucking MOM in Murle land/Equatoria land.

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