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Communities clash in Jonglei over cattle barter, dozens kill

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Philip Thon Aleu

May 19, 2008 (BOR TOWN, Jonglei) – Cattle primitive business, the barter trade, resulted to lost of over three dozens lives between Nuer Lou and Duk Padiet communities of Jonglei state at Pakam Amiel in Duk County (about 150 miles) northern Bor Town Saturday on May 17, Sudan Tribune has learnt.

Jonglei government says no official number of causalities is available.

"I can’t tell you exactly what happens because we do not have the report in written form," the Acting Government of Jonglei state and the State Minister for Land and Physical Infrastructures Eng. John Amuor Kuol told Sudan Tribune when contacted Sunday at Dr. Garang Institute cultural day, Bor Town.

The minister, however, acknowledged that the two communities were engaged in exchange of fire on Saturday.

"You will complete the rest of the function because I’m going to attend a meeting in the town where we shall discuss the current insecurity reports," he told parents and students at Dr. Garang Institute Sunday, referring to the fight between Duk and Wutror Counties communities of Jonglei.

Bor town residents belonging to the two communities denounce the clashes and call upon the state government to act.

All top Jonglei officials, including commissioner of Duk County are attending SPLM National Convention in southern Sudan capital Juba and thus inaccessible. Minister Amuor represents the state government.

The Oil Company; ASCOM Co. Ltd staff operating at Aker-Ker — location between the two communities — are said to be safe.

Nuer Lou cattle keepers, while returning from Duk’s Toch — area between rivers used to graze cattle in dry seasons — in Duk County territory, fell apart when a two men exchange of a bull and a heifer failed Saturday.

A Nuer Lou is said to have demanded exchanging his heifer for colored-bull — a sign of riches and of great reputation in cattle keeping communities — belonging a Duk Padiet who refused. He was instantly shot dead for denying the barter business, relatives in Bor town claimed.

Exchanges of fire erupted in revenge and defend lasting for six (6) hours (9:00am – 2:00Pm) between the two neighbors. Unconfirmed source puts dead to over thirty and many more wounded. Duk County is said to have lost a half herd of cattle on May 17.

NORMAL CLASHES

Pakam Amiel is one of the border areas where fighting has being repetitive. The latest being in January 2007 when Duk County authorities refused Nuer Lou entry to Toch. Many lives and cattle were lost on either side.

The two communities remained in good terms after the 1991 Nuer’s attack on Greater Bor communities, triggered by the split of the Sudan’s People liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/M), was solved.

The return of current GoSS vice president Riek Machar, who led the then South Sudan Independent Movement (SSIM) against the SPLM/A, to SPLM/A later normalized tires.

Conflicts resumed in 2006 over Toch, cattle theft and other border misunderstanding. The clashes have being persisting and regarded as ’normal’ without any political motivation.

The government adheres to disarmament as the only mean to avert to tribal conflicts. SPLM veterans who converged in Br Town for state congress in April 2008 were told by state governor Kuol Manyang Juuk to take home message of love for unity and peace through peaceful disarmament.

The message is likely undelivered as the veterans swung to Juba for SPLM national convention thereafter. A heave of hope for peaceful coexistence is expected to resume shortly, analyst say.

(ST)

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  • 20 May 2008 05:15, by James James

    What’s up guys:

    That is so crazy and surprising, now it had come into my attention and attention of the whole world that, Murle is not the only tribe which is armed. And the claim that Dinka Bor is well armed has now been supported.

    From here, all communities in Jongolei must be disarmed equally.
    Because disarmament which is carried out with tribalism engine will not succeed, we better do everything democratically.Supporting each other’s tribes is harmful to us and our communities.

    I hope peace come to the people of Jongolei.

    God bless.

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    • 20 May 2008 10:15, by Gatwech

      Hey guys,

      Are you trying to lie in the broad day light when the truth is plain and simple? The clashes between Dinka and a group of Lou Nuer who were returning back from Dinka areas (toch) was caused by the Dinka of Duk County who tried to raid cattle of the small group of Lou Nuer trying to go back to their county (Wuror) with their cattle. Those who attacked the Lou Nuer group are believed to be a mixed SPLA soldiers from the area with their native armed civilians. This was the cause of the clashes. The writer was not well informed about the cause of the clashes. GOSS should speed up the process by disarming Dinka Bor communities together with those of Nyarweng to join other Jonglei communities in disarmament process. These criminals did not learn a lesson after inhumanely killing innocent Murle patients recently who were admitted in Bor Hospital and also targeted Murle government officials in uncivilized manner in the town. Let us not rely on the so-called Dinka wisdom of telling lies and more lies. Okay?

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      • 20 May 2008 12:15, by lil saint

        Gatwech. man come on .what are you actually concerning about??ask your self that questions like trillions of times. alway blames dinkas of clashes. you nuer betrayers should learnt now according to what you Nuer people did to our beautiful village/town (bor)in 1991 but it wasnt your fellow faults its was a betrayers,spy reik machar idea to do that because he was jealous, he wants to rule spla/m hell no .no one will let you rule us i bet you.however, do you nuer (gatwech) know how many people did nuer people (gay machar aka reik machar)klled in 1991? please ask that for me.

        its funny when you nuer kills weak and sick people in bor. we should have another war between us bor and terrorists people of nuer that get hired and rented from al bashir. everyone and world know nuer get to kill Bor civilians.

        how did you know its was a "mixed SPLA soldiers from the area with their native armed civilians. This was the cause of the clashes".i think you were dreaming suddenly howsome it get into sudan tribune without realising it. where were your ass, why didnt you did something to back up and your people of nuer?.

        gatwech man this site is not for terrorist uses and to talk smack about bor people.bor for life boy.quit that accussing the spla soldiers from bor next grave will be your once instead of killing innocent person/s of nuer lou.

        if your husband gay riek machar had taught or told you this its totally bullshits.disarms the nuer lou and murle first..though are the two tribes that are giving a bor town a bad name also making jonglei insecrity.

        watch your ass im riding in your poor back/front yard to tonight. make it the first and the last time of accussing bor civilians and the spla bor. otherwise you will end up getting drop.

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      • 20 May 2008 16:52, by Kasinu

        Mr Gatwech,I am personally tired of your art of generalisation and hatred toward particular tribe of Dinka, any human being of a sound mind and a sound tribe must not generalise, however i will behave a little bit like you are.

        The information reported by Phillip Thon is a true narration of what happened, if you are out of information then i advise you to contacts your people on ground.

        One thing no one in Sudan is unaware of Lou Nuer unexceptable crazy behaviour, they are in the list of stupid community remembered for their irrational way of life.

        For your information, ninteen century american anthropologist wrote a book after a sucessful research of the social set up of your nuer community, it was embarrashing and forever shameful not only to nuer but to our young nation, the out come of his research was that the social set up of nuer is a complete mess, pliz make a research and get that books, you learned people who claimed to be holding Doctorate like Riek and Gatwech should task themself to train their community to behave well like other created human being, then you will come to the stage and do something to southern sudan,

        Your Wuror Nuer of Lou did to the SPLA in 2006 the same the did to the few innocent Dinka Bor of Duk County,

        I recommend Gorge Athur group to go back and teach Nuer if Riek and others are failing to do so.

        I personally stayed with your nuer for sometime, my analysis about your people is every one of every age is behaving the same way, I tell you they way a child of 10 years behave is the same way an adult of 50 years behave, you have no one to lead others, that was why the american anthropologist refer your society as a complete mess, My God what Nation in Southern Sudan shall we make with people as such, that is why every embarrassing act you people commit happen.

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      • 26 May 2008 16:53, by Wunashuei

        Yes Gatwech or how do u call urself, u have right to put ur reply the way u put, this is how u percieve Dinka in first place which resulted into baseles coup of 1991. SPLA is not Dinka my friend, and Dinka is not SPLA, when there is any thing concerning Dinka it should remain for Dinka like wise to the SPLA. I quoted in ur reply that Dinka Communities with some SPLA soldiers attacked Lou when they were returning from toc to Lou land. Dinkasb are not criminal and there is no one time Dinka attack any niebghouring tribes, whether been Murle, Anyuak or Nuer in the history, Dinkas are lawful society who are believe in what they have and they are not after other properties as it is the case with other tribes. the fighting was just b’se of Nuer greediness of seen property of others to be thiers b’se they want all the resources of sudan and even the whole world to be given to them, but even if you are given the whole world you can not satisfy in this planet called earth. ur tribemen took along with them the cattle belong to Hol community that was the cause of second fighting, but the first one was between CiengMatnyang and ciengbei from Lou in the place called Paliadhiem in Dukpadiet Payam, you will know those subsection if u belong to Lou or Gawere. the third fighting was in palce called Pakam also in Dukpadiet between the Lou who went and moblizes themselves and Nuer and came to attack dinka Hol in Pakam this fighting resulted in the haevy casualties in both side living 11 dead from Dinka and 27 dead from Lou Nuer with more people wounded in both side, the battle end in a defeat of lou Nuer in which Dinka Hol did not kill the wounded from Lou instead they were taken to Ascom hospital in Duk to be taken care of by Oil campany health staff, see how good is the Dinka are by not killing the wounded of other side. coming to the issue of disarmement it was started first in Dukpadiet by Maj. Gen. George Athor and then to the south Bor then the forces went to Lou when the Disarmement forces belong to SPLA were attacked by lou communities supported by NCP, so Dinka are not left with Gun, and they are not criminal, the incident of Bor was just a reaction of angery people who lost thier love one. so we should not tae things like what has happen before but to react like those of today.

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    • 20 May 2008 17:41, by Ben-Fu

      Gatwech, you are one of those cowardics who like to see others kills and never want to want to take part in fighting but with lies and propagandas. Do you think Nuers are immortals?
      They die too like the rest and in this case side, the Dinka you hate and the Nuer whom you wish to kill Dinkas both dies. So you are happy to see Nuers die trying to kill Dinkas? Careful what you wish for what goes around comes around.

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  • 20 May 2008 08:20, by David M. Kuol

    What is Happen in Jonglei is un exceptable behavior, Cattle raiding should be denounce as serious offend and all perpretors or who ever misled the all society of Nuer Lou Community,
    to attack the Duk communities.
    Luo Community seem to disturbing the Whole Jongeli- Wutror, Now Duk and Pibor COunty,There should Serious SPLA Security Personel- MP to be in place to queeled the crisis.

    Otherwise this COmmunity will continued obtaining illegal arms and terrorising the Counties.

    The seeds of Future happiness are sawed in the present, Therefore Luo Community should cease from Behavior of Raiding neighbors properties, Lossing Lives and possible displacment, Should they be held accountable for any human sufferings and lives the took way.

    Calm came to Jonglei after Gen.Kuol Manyang,Now there is a window of since no body to take action.

    Both Commissioners should quit the SPLM convention and rescue Civilians life’s and denounce strong this atitiude.

    God Rest the SOuls of those Lives Lost un necessarily

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    • 20 May 2008 10:13, by Gatwech

      Hey guys,

      Are you trying to lie in the broad day light when the truth is plain and simple? The clashes between Dinka and a group of Lou Nuer who were returning back from Dinka areas (toch) was caused by the Dinka of Duk County who tried to raid cattle of the small group of Lou Nuer trying to go back to their county (Wuror) with their cattle. Those who attacked the Lou Nuer group are believed to be a mixed SPLA soldiers from the area with their native armed civilians. This was the cause of the clashes. The writer was not well informed about the cause of the clashes. GOSS should speed up the process by disarming Dinka Bor communities together with those of Nyarweng to join other Jonglei communities in disarmament process. These criminals did not learn a lesson after inhumanely killing innocent Murle patients recently who were admitted in Bor Hospital and also targeted Murle government officials in uncivilized manner in the town. Let us not rely on the so-called Dinka wisdom of telling lies and more lies. Okay?

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      • 20 May 2008 18:06, by Ajiech M. Chol

        The cattle barters and sectional clashes in Southern Sudan is suppose to be addressed seriously by president Kiir and his cabinets. Thus, Dinkas are now butchering themselves and unlike other tribes as well. In other words, Who will pay the price of those who lost their lves after all? Can your neighbours be your enemy sometimes? In fact, it’s hard for us to understand who we must fight first, is it arab or ourselves? Also why we Southerners hate each other and killing ourselves without reason. In the last few weeks, sectional clashes broke out between Dinka Agar and Luacjang in Warrap state, which left 95 persons confirmed dead. And again another sectional clashes broke out between Apuk section, Aguok and an inadvertently Kuach ayok was involved. Ironically and myesteriously, there is a big question to be answered,where were those civillians get their guns and ammunitions if their is no foul play going on in those areas.

        View online : http://sudantribune.com

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  • 21 May 2008 03:39, by James James

    Hi Gatwech and Others:

    This is what I have been singing all those years long, Dinka Bor can not tell truth no matter what, why do you think south sudan is in mess? All Bor are liars from journalist to officials through children, women, elderly and the youth, plus their elites as the worse of all from those categories.

    You can not convine Bor by word of mouth, all they can listen good and very attentively is bullet and disciple crried out through other means like, flogging and beating with well prepared cow or buffallo skin-whip.

    Barter trade is one of the known oldest form of business transaction dated back to 1530 B.C, I don’t think either Nuer or Bor civilian of 2008 don’t know how to exchange their cows to the extend of reaching to full scale fight as our liar journalist tried to falsified.

    This is really chocking for somebody branded himself as journalist to report to the world such kind of disconnected news, shame on him.

    Anyway,let just push on and see, because this is not actually first time Mr.Gatwech, as you mentioned, even the killing of those innocent Murle patients in hospital beds, were shamefully construed, without tears on his eyes, our journalist Philip termed those patients as those who were wounded at that very fighting between Bor and Murle, while those patients were in that hospital for months and non of them suffered from gunshot wounds. Our journalist don’t know truth, and I don’t think he was trained well in this field.Even the name of those who fought with Lou Nuer was not clearly released, all we saw was Duke community, wondering where the Duke Community really belong ethnically. I think it was fair enough for our journalist to say simply Dinka Bor from Duke and Lou Nuer fought for detailed info.

    Well, well my Bor student, please study good to change that kind of dangerous mindset within your community for you to regain normalization with your peace loving neighbours like Lou Nuer, Murle, Anyuak, Mundari, Alyab and Lokoro.

    I hope you are working hard to become honest tomorrow.

    God bless.

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    • 21 May 2008 19:38, by Thaluk

      To Gatwech and James James, Please do not jump into topic without good understanding of it. I was outrage by your maniac response to the recent clash in Jonglei state at Duk county. Your comments was ludicrous by scapegoating the Dinka community by the scandalize that was made by Nuer-Lou bandit. Gatwech, i dispute your lie that people of Uror county were returning from toch to thier village. The 300 arm men of Nuer lou did attack Pakam cattle-camp in Duk-Padiet thinking that they would steal cattle. But the result didn’t yield what they expect. So my advice to you is that please do not turn this thing to the other way around. To James James, your argument is ridiculous so im not going to comment on it.

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