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By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

May 10, 2012 (BENTIU) - As the price of living continues to rise and the North-South Sudan border conflict rumbles on, more than 100 people leave Unity state every day according a manager of a local bus station

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Woman flees bombing raid near Benitu, Unity state, April 2012 (Getty)

Khartoum recently banned traders in bordering South Kordofan from trading with Unity state in South Sudan, increasing the pressure on a nation which shut itself off from 98 percent of its revenues, with the halting of oil production in January.

On May 4, Pagan Amum, South Sudan’s chief negotiator with Sudan, said
that a trade embargo had been in place from May 2011; before the independence of South Sudan. He also accused Khartoum of having a “shoot to kill” policy for Sudanese citizens trading with the South Sudan.

Traders in Unity state have responded to the embargo by increasing the prices of basic commodities which they are often sourcing from Uganda, via the South Sudan capital, Juba.

Major crop failures in 2011, as described in a South Sudan Ministry of Agriculture January 2012 report, have also affected the price of food stuffs.

Since South Sudan’s independence, relations between Juba and Khartoum have not been as strained as they are now. Negotiations over the use of the pipeline which transports landlocked South Sudan’s oil to the coast of its northern neighbour and border demarcation have broken down, leading to military hostilities. which began in March.

On 3 May the UN Security Council, with the backing of the African Union, gave Sudan and South Sudan 48 hours to lay down their arms or face sanctions. On Thursday the Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir said the threat would not alter his policies.

Mohamed Salah El-Niem, a North Sudanese trader who has lived in Unity state for 12 years described the economic difficulty faced in the state. He said “all items became expensive because of the dollar going very high in Juba,” a situation he attributed to the ban of goods from North Sudan and rising fuel costs, which has in turn impacted upon the cost of transportation.

In the row over the use of the pipeline which passes through North Sudan, Juba halted production in January; a move described as “suicidal” by prominent Sudan expert, Alex de Waal. South Sudan relies upon oil revenues for 98 percent of its budget.

Moses Gatthiang Yiew a manager for MTRO Peace Transportation Company in Kalibalek told Sudan Tribune on Thursday that his transportation company had registered 45 passengers travelling to Juba that day.

Many of the state’s citizens are going to the four bus stations in the state capital, Benitu. For many, the lure of the country’s capital is more affordable living, both in terms of accommodation and commodities.

In Benitu the average price of a 50kg bag of maize flour was 150SSDG
[US$56] in March and has now rocketed to 230SSDG [US$86].

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  • 13 May 2012 07:35, by peaceful south

    No more insults,foul language,or racial remarks if all of you on this website are educated

    REMEMBER:if you give positive comments on this website, you will end war on the ground.

    WARNING: those continuing to instigate bad remarks are being looked for. Take this seriously!!!!

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    • 13 May 2012 07:58, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

      On May 4, Pagan Amum, South Sudan’s chief negotiator with Sudan, said that a trade embargo had been in place from May 2011; before the independence of South Sudan. He also accused Khartoum of having a “shoot to kill” policy for Sudanese citizens trading with the South Sudan.

      Becauce PAGAN is not from Dinka. He is behind evil plans to destroy Dinka.

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      • 13 May 2012 08:19, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        You think you can succeed to divide South Sudanese and weaken them. I am sorry we are one when it comes to defence of our motherland. Forger making useless comments it does not matter where Amum comes from what matters is he is a genuine patriot. Imagine somebody leaving university education to go and liberate the politically downtrodden people.

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        • 13 May 2012 08:24, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

          jur_likang_a_ likan’g
          PLS concentrate in was published by your white masters in their websites:
          "Massacre of 700 Nuer civilians in August by Murle tribesmen who were armed by Gov. Kuol Manayng Juke, genocide committed against Lou Nuer civilians of Uror County of Jonglei State on August, 19, 2011."

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          • 13 May 2012 11:32, by Anti Dinka’s

            KHARTOUM, Sudan — It has come to this: The Sudanese government is sending out text messages to the population begging for donations to help the cash-strapped military.

            "Please help support the army," the messages plead. "If you want to contribute 10 Sudanese pounds, send number 10, and if you want to contribute 50 pounds, send the number 50."

            This would not appear to an optimum moment to get int

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      • 13 May 2012 10:36, by Beneben Bai

        mambouz, what is the meaning of this shallow analysis? get a good information first before you rush in with your stupid nosense. Unity State is a symbol of unity for all S. Sudanese and RoSS. you can find all S. Sudanese tribes in unity state because it is a symbol of wealth, defence, and a target by S. Sudan enemies which alaways under threat from Sudan and therefore to be protected by all tribes

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      • 13 May 2012 11:39, by Naath

        Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla.Things are geting tougher for your criminal mind president,The notorious ,The world is wanted man.Let me tell you this PAGAN AMUM will not do any Evil things to any tribe in this country.I have Question for you.In your misleading Quran book,there is a quot say that Man will give birth and become prophet mohamed.Want you to explain to me and if itis true than muslims are Ga

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        • 13 May 2012 15:04, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

          Naath
          The fact that the only cases seen in the ICC have been those with crimes taking place in Africa has provoked some to say the ICC is neocolonialist or racist. Many people see the ICC as pursuing its own kind of justice that primarily targets African countries.

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        • 13 May 2012 15:13, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

          Naath
          PAGAN AMUM must be send to ICC, ICJ, HRW courts.
          I strongly believe that even the Kindom of animals in south Sudan is looking to send him for justice.
          PAGAN AMUM is animally behaving with all northern Sudanese peoples in his discussion.

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        • 13 May 2012 15:19, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

          Naath: READ ANA REREAD what stated in the holy Quran
          "The Jews say "The Christians have nothing [true] to stand on," and the Christians say, "The Jews have nothing to stand on," although they [both] recite the Scripture. Thus the polytheists speak the same as their words. But Allah will judge between them on the Day of Resurrection concerning that over which they used to differ."

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    • 13 May 2012 08:10, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

      peaceful south
      Yes, RSS and GOS must take care of their needy brothers and sisters. In the bottom line we are all Africans.

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      • 13 May 2012 08:16, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

        "Woman flees bombing raid near Benitu, Unity state, April 2012 (Getty)"
        Seeing that picture; Iam very sorry for my daughter/sister. But it is the inhumane SPLA/M who started the war.
        But it is the inhumane SPLA/M who started the war.

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    • 13 May 2012 11:35, by Anti Dinka’s

      Nour, 40, sits in his shop in Khartoum, Sudan’s capital, day after day without a single sale. His business, selling curtains and carpets, thrived in the last decade during Sudan’s oil boom, but has been hit hard by the economic collapse.

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      • 13 May 2012 14:26, by mohammed ali

        Anti Dinka, yes, curtain & carpets, not sorghum, maize, sugar or oil. That does not worry me! Do you use curtain & carpets in SS?

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  • 13 May 2012 07:53, by Northern Sudanese

    HAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA

    Still planning to take Khartoum Salva? HAHAHAHAHAHAA

    Long Live NCP
    Long Live SAF
    Long Live North Sudan

    AHHAHAAHAHHAHAA taking down Khartoum HAHAHAHAHA

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    • 13 May 2012 07:57, by George Bol

      North Sudan, you must withdraw your army in Abyei immediately.
      Your time has come to small the rat very soon.

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      • 13 May 2012 08:05, by Northern Sudanese

        George Bol

        we wont withdraw Our army from Abyei, like it or not! you better go find food innorder to let those people return to Unity and educate their kids..........War means Death to South :D

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    • 13 May 2012 08:03, by peaceful south

      Dear DIU.J KUEK,

      Am working on a project to stop bad comments and to let the system administrator know the whereabouts of people who use dirty language.

      In the end, a common south and north sudanese citizen wants to live in peace.

      REMEMBER: if you give positive comments on this website,you can end war on the ground.

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      • 13 May 2012 08:19, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

        peaceful south
        God bless you
        God bless you
        God bless you
        God bless you
        God bless you
        God bless you
        God bless you

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    • 13 May 2012 08:18, by Dinkawarrior

      To all Leeches!

      You’re laughing for nothing rather than telling the truth! What about 100,000 refugees who fled to South Sudan, are they not belong to Sudan? Yes, you may deny them because they’re Arabs if not then you need to removes log in your own eyes before removing speck from South Sudan’s eyes!

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      • 13 May 2012 08:28, by Northern Sudanese

        Dinkawarrior

        what about those 650,000 Southerners of which most of them wish to stay in the North to educate their kids???????

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  • 13 May 2012 08:00, by BM Bol

    Only in Sudan tribune some self-proclaimed reporters write stories without confirmation. This story would have been credible if the reporter has interviewed the passengers. Juba is a capital of South Sudan and it’s new for people to travel their capital in hundreds on daily basis.

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  • 13 May 2012 08:22, by Eastern

    I Have leaved and worked among the Nuers in Rubktona for a very long time. I also worked in Mayom and Abiemnhom. All these places are very fertile made up of black cotton soil. One time good friends of the current governor brought in agricultural equipment to the state to produce food locally. People did not like the idea of cultivation. The governor even went ahead to plant maize just north of...

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  • 13 May 2012 08:23, by viper

    Those poor citizens have to flee unity state because they have no hope in that state due to the closure of all ways that can bring food items to their state. I don,t blame those who closed the roads, but I do blame those who looted our oil money of 2006, 2007, 2008,2009 and 10. If not because of that daylight robbery, our citizens could have been stable in their places now

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    • 13 May 2012 08:30, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

      Those poor citizens have to flee unity state because they have been marginalized by the inhumane SPLA/M.
      SPLA/M is only behind implenting the JEWISH plan in Africa.

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  • 13 May 2012 08:26, by Eastern

    Rubkona town and asked people to come and weed as much as one can manage and the weeded portion becomes an individuals’ property but to no avail. Our people thought the food must be produced somewhere outside their villages and towns and transported for consumption only! Now running to Juba or any other towns is not a feasible solution. Please embark on settled live through crop production. You ..

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  • 13 May 2012 08:29, by Eastern

    have your cows but then you need aseeda to eat the meat with. This is the truth. It is not true that the lands in the north of South Sudan are not good for agriculture. I have been to most of these places. Running to Juba in the face of the current famine is likely going to cause many other social issues in the capital. Watch this space!!!

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    • 13 May 2012 08:43, by Kurnyel

      We will not bomb you when you reach Uganda, otherwise it is just a matter of time for the whole South Sudan to be cover with smoke and death because you started the war.

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    • 13 May 2012 09:02, by mohammed ali

      Eastern, your pple are not different from any. They would like to cultivate and grow crops, just like any other pple on Earth.Your land is quite fertile.But the GRAND PLAN of the BIG BOYS is to empty this land from SS up to Rwanda from lts pple, through wars, conflicts and alchol.They creat the conflict, pretend to solve it, bring food aid, make them "dependant" to loose the will ....con

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      • 13 May 2012 09:24, by mohammed ali

        ..to work & grow crops.Young strong men could be selectively driven out with asylum visas".Leave only war lords & let them loot as much money as they could,share with them & keep them under control, because they know that they are thiefes.Creat the inviorment for genocide,"denounce it" & shed few tears.It is a big game, it happened in Australia,New Zeland & elswhere. We will stop it sooner or late

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  • 13 May 2012 08:45, by wang

    There are big differences of people geting kill on street protested in Khartoum when the entirety North Sudan foods price were heads up while it did not happened here in South.
    Second: Our people are moving to urban areas for jobs opportunities and educations not for foods prices. Bonifacio Taban Kuich had misinterpreted the article
    To all fakes Arab, you should focus on the problems in whi

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  • 13 May 2012 08:47, by wang

    To all fakes Arab, you should be focusing on problems in which your citizens are facing now, over 1,000 persons arrives to Ethiopia and South Sudan every days from your that little desert remote so call Northern Sudan seeking for safe place (refuges). Your country will soon be empty

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  • 13 May 2012 08:54, by Eastern

    If the current Rural Uraban Migration (RUM) is in persuit of jobs, then our country is headed to the bottomless pit many African countries fell into after attaining their independence in the 1960s. Our leader had coined very impressive phrases like ’taking towns to the villages’ which have remain on paper. We don’t need rural folks to flock to towns; they have better duties to perform in their...

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  • 13 May 2012 08:56, by Pif Paf

    The GOS must never make the same mistake again and trust SPLA even if they send a delegation to khartoum headed by the big insect mr.cowboy himself. GOS must now stick to its policy of an eye for an eye. Close all borders, take back our land by force and strike SRF were ever they are. The UN resolution must not change our course because all of the sudanese people support this policy.

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    • 13 May 2012 09:13, by Kurnyel

      A big bomb will soon blow off entire Kampala Old taxi park if idiot and murderous musenvei no stop and his rotten mouth and apologizes for what he did in our Sudanese affairs.

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    • 13 May 2012 12:14, by Beneben Bai

      Pit Pat prooot, are you happy that your president is a gay (luuthy) who teach U how to pronounce word insects? we are not insects, if we were insects, the international community would have not called us to withdrew from Panthou and Abyei and urged us to go for talks with you. But the prove that Albashir is a gay is, he has 2 wives but no children!!! look how he behaves and also taught U the same

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    • 13 May 2012 16:59, by Beneben Bai

      The Republic of South Sudan is now leading in international deplomacy clarifying every thing for international community organizations and khartoum is now in problem facing difficulties because it is depending on making lies from here and there. lets see how they are gona come out this time

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  • 13 May 2012 10:54, by Beneben Bai

    I don’t understand why any one from Sudan can’t answer my question about president Al Bashir who has 2 wives for long time in his life and has no children up to now, is that not a proved for his being a luuthy? (gay)? and shouted during one of his speeches calling S. Sudanese people and leadres as insects? are these not a clear charactaristics of a gay (Luuthy)? pls answer my question with honest

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    • 13 May 2012 13:28, by Black Pharaoh

      It is really saddening to see the so called educated people of the Sudan from both sides of the border engaged in this war of words promoting hatred and glorifying war.
      The fact remains that the average sudanese and south sudanese has no interest in this war. People from both sides should know better we have fought for 50 years what have we gained?.

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      • 13 May 2012 13:33, by Black Pharaoh

        Mr. Beneben

        Let us assume that Bashir is gay (luti) as you say
        what did we benefit from that knowledge, does it add anything to your argument?

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    • 13 May 2012 14:20, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

      Beneben Bai
      "JUBA, 10 May 2012 - The President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit has reiterated that the young Government of the Republic of South Sudan came from a long struggle for human rights and the government is committed to respecting and advancing the protection of the human rights."
      "He is the big liar and he is after INHUMANE-RIGHTS AND NOT HUMAN RIGHTS"

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      • 13 May 2012 17:22, by Beneben Bai

        mahmoud, i think what you are doing here is just a training. you need to train youself on how to write and post. you are not sure of what you come with here. yes, our country is young, working to advance everything good based on international standards including human rights. just only to advance it because it has been there, the prove is your recent prisnors of war (POWs)& thousands of civil war

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        • 13 May 2012 19:55, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

          Beneben Bai
          Iam very proud that Iam certified HRD consultant from MN, USA. I was trained by your white masters while you are only licking their feet. Iam a member of NACE,IEEE,WSO,... my resume and my degrees and my professional training certificates speak louder.
          Go and learn about the difference between detainees and POWs as to ICJ, UN, HRW and the fake ICC.

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  • 13 May 2012 16:55, by equtoria helped

    mahoumad of you hate south sudan so much please then only comment on the Arabic side and stop this nonsense! all you bring is hate, tribalism, and racism this is highly restricted on the comment section of you know how to read!

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    • 13 May 2012 20:05, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

      equtoria helped
      Do you have complex inferiority?
      Read what i have posted and understand my great respect to Dr Garang........and Mandela.
      If you feel shame that you are black. Iam black but iam very proud to be black because I am the true son of ADAM. Bear in mind that Adam means black in the 3 holy books. I used to tell the whties that iam the original son of ADAM.

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      • 13 May 2012 20:40, by equtoria helped

        Sudan could have been the greats nation on earth instead of working together to build a great nation you ARABS oppressed us as a result the first civil war, after a peace deal it looked like we had a bright future but look what happens bashit with his greed start another civil war don’t you fake Arabs dare talk to me about peace and equality when even you can’t understand it

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  • 13 May 2012 16:57, by equtoria helped

    * if not of

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