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Tribal fighting in Sudan’s Malakal may escalate


January 11, 2009 (JUBA) – The number of people killed during the tribal clashes in Malkal, southern Sudan, has reached 12 people. Further, several reports warn against the escalation of the fighting.

The fighting between Dinka and Shilluk sparked on the sidelines of the fourth anniversary of Comprehensive Peace Agreement celebration in the capital of Upper Nile state, Malakal on Friday 9 January.

The secretary general of the Fashouda organization that works in the region Carlo James Chol told the Kuwaiti News Agency (KUNA) that clashes in the Upper Nile city of Malakal are still ongoing.

Chol expressed fear that of a wide scale military confrontation between the two tribes and urged the government to intervene.

The fighting led to the death of twelve people and injured eight others he said but warned the toll figures are likely to be higher due to the fact that hundreds have fled away from the conflict zone besides the missing ones.

In November 2006 clashes occurred between the pro-Khartoum militia and the SPLA killing in Malakal hundreds and injuring many more.

Chol told KUNA that a number of people from the Dinka tribe attempted to take over areas that historically belonging to the Shilluk on the banks of the Nile and Sobat River.

SPLA Spokesman Peter Parnyang told Reuters that traditional dancers from the tribes quarreled on Friday during celebrations to mark the fourth anniversary of Sudan’s 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) — a deal that ended two decades of north-south civil war.

The dancers were supposed to take part in a parade around the stadium in the state’s capital Malakal before speeches by Sudanese President Omer Al-Bashir and Vice President Salva Kiir, also president of semi-autonomous south Sudan.

“There was an issue of who would go first, who second, Dinka or Shilluk," Parnyang said. "(In the quarrel) three were critically injured by spears”.

The dispute at the celebration sparked violent clashes between the Dinka and Shilluk the following day, he said.

Parnyang warned of further escalation in fighting if the Shilluk, who are a majority in the region, decide to retaliate against the Dinka.


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  • 12 January 2009 11:12, by Nuer

    It is good that you deleted my comment. What i’m doing here is a obbying for a removal of negative comments like mind so that southerners are not divided. I feel like I have achieve something now. But, dear webmaster it does not make sense whatsover that you post negative comments about other tribes and do not for others. That is dump in your side Mr/Mrs.

    I hope you continue what you started today with my comment that you must monitor this site ongoingly so that you pay attention to negative comment that divide southern Sudanese people or Sudanese people. But, as long as you post some negatives comment and does do that to others then you only left me to call you hypocrite.

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    • 12 January 2009 11:46, by Mabor Yiel

      I think and believe the year 2009 will emerge with death and bloodshed like the 2008 which appeared with about 14,000 number of corruption cases only in April.

      What the held is the World leading? What can we say to our enemies and how could they look at us when we kill each other? Salva Kiir, what was your position when the fighting occured in your present? I believe, the SPLM as a party will fail in the general elections if they don’t address these issues of killing, looting, and stealing of public fund by Government official as soon as possible.


      SPLM activist..

      " Integrity is bringing who you are to what you do...!

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  • 13 January 2009 02:40, by Deng Baak Kuot

    Is there any reason behind this escalation violence between two tribes? yes I think our politicians always use their own interest to destabilise our communities.I believe that we should think and analysis that such violence do not achieve anything for the two tribes; rather than it victimises the inocence people who do not undesrtand what the figth for. these two wonderful communities need to put their differences side and start to work very hard to realise the fruit of the CPA. my condolence goes the family and relatives to those who have lost their live in such stupid incident. I hope the authority had controlled the escalation to stop the lost of more lives.

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    • 13 January 2009 04:58, by Issac William

      We sadly live in an EXTREMELY PREVERSE society that thrives and loves to watch violence, and other obscene things. When did violence and killing innocent, or being involved with the mafia become considered an "accomplishment" and something to pat someone on the back for, regardless of their color. It’s true that their stated goals are quite clearly to establish Dinkaweed rule over other tribes.

      As usual the criminals, thugs and bandits, foolish tribe, unashamed looter who best benefit under such lawless will pay the price this time. It’s always unfortunate that evil sentimentalists have been going around inciting the mad killers to hunt down and slaughter members of other tribes who opposed the chosen one( Mr. (Kiir) of their tribe).

      What the heck wipe out an enemy kill them and their families, and show them that the terror they inflict on the other tribes will come home to roost and will be inflicted on them. What do you do when your house is infested with cockroaches? You kill them, period. It is a form of resistance that when a groups of people believe that their security is threaten they are required to defend themselves. This monster armchair cowboy Mr. President Kirr who draws his policy attitudes from video games has not spoken since the killing took place in Malakal and he never intervened when it comes to his tribe (Dinkaweed). “We are born to rule” this type of attitude is common among “Dinka”. When someone suggested that we should make an effort to identify the guilty parties, they called him anti-Dinka and said that it didn’t matter. After all, they are just cow heads and deck headed…killed them all. I actually had one fine fellow say, “Well, somebody has to pay for their action this is a self-defense”. How do you call killing innocent people that is acting in defense? This is an attack on other tribe not self defense dim ass.

      Growing up on that part of the world, I saw the good the bad and the ugly? We have seen Liberia, Sierra Leone and now Kenya. It’s like a plague with those who are not yet infected thinking that they might be safe. But what had happened in Kenya and in some African nations before and without a doubt will happen right here. It’s too bad that Dinkweed still have the same backward mentality. It’s therefore imperative that we come to term with tribal politics and work towards closing its chapter in our societies.

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  • 13 January 2009 05:01, by Africano

    The Dinkas behind the fighting are known. They are Militia Commander and Minister of Information Thon Mum, Deputy Governor Dog-Dog, Paramount Chief Thon Wai, Hussien Ajwong Director-General of Ministry of Local government. They have been wrtitng letters to the Governor that Malakal belongs to them. We should not go around the bush. The full list will be printed to-day.

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  • 14 January 2009 08:33, by Africano


    Being the list of trouble makers who are behind the recent circulations about Shilluk/Dinka dispute. They are as follows;


    1. Bdr General George Athor (Top Member)
    2. Bdr General Dok Jok Dok
    3. Bdr Mum Kerjok
    4. Rev. Philip Dew – PCS (NOW DEAD)
    5. Nathaniel Gany Gay
    6. Jermaih Chuoy
    7. Hessain Ajwong
    8. Guaj Deng Abur
    9. Peter Mayom Kur
    10. Moses Thonb Bol
    11. Charles Awash Abacl
    12. Rev Paul Chol – SIM
    13. Deng Choul
    14. Abraham Thonh Chol
    15. Molana Majak (Gabriel Majak)
    16. Thonh Waai (Nazer)
    17. Bol Andrew Wiew
    18. Stephen Othiew Daw
    19. Thomas Deng Kur
    20. John Kur
    21. Othethi Chol Awan
    22. Omda of Baliet
    23. Joshau Dau Diew
    24. James Daniel Chunag
    25. John Nyok Chol
    26. Bol Daniel Chuang
    27. Abdeldaim Deng Machar
    28. Issac Chol Kuc
    29. Peter Mabil Riak Thin
    30. Ger Chuang – The GOSS Minister

    These the so-call Dinka Ngok who claimed Malakal to be theirs and usually meet in the house of Huesan Ajwong the Director General of Local Government. Their actions are being followed closely and they will be deal with accordingly. An Addition to this list is Stephen Diew the Minister of Finance. They have to be expose now.

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    • 14 January 2009 14:07, by Akim Gwang

      thank greatly for listing and posting the names of these coward and bloodthirsty ringleaders. we are going to pursue these terrorists as the Israel is pursing Hamas leaders in Palestine these days

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