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Ugandan rebels kill 2 women near Yambio town raids

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By Richard Ruati

October 15, 2009 (YAMBIO) — Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels have killed 2 women during last Wednesday raids near Yambio town in Western Equatoria State, an Arrow member have said.

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Arrow boy from WES displays some of weapons used against LRA rebels (photo Tim Makulka -UN)

Around 12 LRA fighters attacked the village across River Uze at about 11:00am (local time) on Wednesday, killing 2 civilians, said Richard Sovura Tambua, Coordinator of Arrow Boys, a local self defense group.

Four hours later the rebels launched a similar assault on the village of Nambia, where the second woman was killed and her body was mutilated by the LRA soldiers.

"They (Arrow Boys) killed three LRA soldiers there, among them a corporal. The LRA had attacked the civilians," Tambua said.

Tambua added that, "they were with SPLA proper in the attack against LRA bandits."

He appealed to the Government of Southern Sudan and WES to put an eye on their civilians, as without civilians there will no government.

Combating the small groups of guerrillas - experienced in jungle warfare and able to slip across international frontiers with apparent ease - has become a hard task for the joint military operations.

As purported LRA attacks destroy homes, churches and schools in Western Equatoria, civilians grab their possessions and flee.

A Uganda-led coalition including Congo and South Sudan launched a joint offensive against LRA strongholds in Congo’s isolated Garamba National Park on December 14 after LRA leader Joseph Kony again failed to sign a deal to end his rebellion.

However, despite early bombing raids on the bases and initial claims of success, the offensive has so far failed to locate Kony, a self-styled mystic whose rebels are notorious for kidnapping women and children and forcing children to fight.

Kony is wanted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague for war crimes.

The Lord’s Resistance Army is no longer the Ugandan, Acholi-speaking rebel group it once was. Arabic and other languages are now accepted languages as the group forcibly recruits people from Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo and southern Sudan.

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  • 16 October 2009 04:54, by general Achinbenchien

    Nhial Deng Nhial the minister of Defense, what are you defending? "Simple logic of military, create more enemies to your enemy, and your enemy will not where to begin" Said Sun Tzu the Ancient Chinese warior. This is what Khartoum is doing. And the SPLM led administration is taking long nap in Juba Rah Hotel. When our batalion, the Bright Star Compaign librated Western Equatoria in 1990, LRA use to compare fighting SPLA to fighting lion with no weapon. What happened Nhial. I’m a SPLM member and veteran of SPLA and a Dinka. You guys are leading us down. Enough is enoug. Southern Sudanese in Western Equatoria have sufferd a lot. If women, children and elderlies continue to suffer like this, what is it that we took up arm for? What is it your father was slaughter like a lamb for? Shame on you! Shame on Salva Kiir. Your leadership is a disgrace to SPLM/A and people of Southern Sudan. I’m sick and tired of LRA.

    The Mad General Achinbenchien.

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    • 16 October 2009 05:01, by Wal P Muoranyar Biet

      Yes General, LRA is really terrorizing Southern Sudanese. I don’t when and who will stop it! Thanks for the post, this is how much Southern Sudanese should be concern with each other regardless of tribal background. You don’t have to be a Zande in order to talk on behalf of the people.

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    • 16 October 2009 07:53, by Barna Bahou

      General Acinbenchien,

      I understand your point in regards to this continuous LRA attack. This should really be a concern of SPLA since the civilians there have never been in peace. However, blaming the president for such issues is a bit wrong coz the governor is there representing him in the state. And that’s why the governor appoints commissioners to run the counties to ease work and monitoring. This should be done by the defence ministry in conjunction with the state government and in that, I totally agree with you. Guys, our government is really facing a lot challenges and I think they are doing their best to address them. If they fail to respond to one thing immediately, then lets not take that for incompetence. The representatives in the states are leading the nation down. Kiir should do something about them if he wants to escape these insults.

      Peace

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      • 16 October 2009 11:05, by Aduol Liet

        Wal p, Muoanyar and General Acinberchien.

        You guys maybe not understand what happen in Western Equtoria State, that Region was been captured by the Dinkas only in 1990 and 1991 but after when the peace agreement was been signed then, all Tribes in Western Equtoria had started discriminate Dinkas while they Dinkas where they one who librate them. In addition to that, we Dinka people have lost 1.5 million during the civil war as a way Dinka were left alone in many wars and these Equtorians people went on the Mountaints to hide themselves there but Today, I do not want Dinkas in the SPLA to be taken there in Western Equtoria State, because they were against Dinka people in the Western Equtoria State.

        We have librating all Southern Sudanese people however, if you see now most people are against us or even they are trying very hard to push us down so that they can get our positions meanwhile, we are they one who have lost 1.5 million lives bravers Dinkas in civil war.

        In short, there are more young men in Western Equtoria State and these young men must be trains and give them armying them to fights with the Uganda Rebels if they don’t want to do so then, they will decide which arond they want to live in Southern Sudan but the Idea of taking Dinkas in the SPLA to Western Equtoria State will be a big mistaken, Dinkas people have many things a waiting them to do, so no more Dinkas in the SPLA to be taken there in Western Equtoria because they were discriminate Dinka people at that time.

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        • 16 October 2009 13:32, by TG

          My friend you need to understand that SPLA is for Southern Sudan. What is to be done is a declaration of war by the Minister of SPLA affairs or Defence Nail Deng Nail. And to put forth that GOSS will not tolerate the killing of its civilians by bandits from other countries, who ever it may be,particularly the LRA. Instead of showing to much tribalism within ourselves we might need to think of helping ourselves. what ever happened during the struggle are to be forgotten but instead, lets help our soon to be formed Nation of Southern Sudan. Regards TG, Long live SPLM/SPLA Struggle continues!!!!!!!!

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        • 16 October 2009 13:32, by TG

          My friend you need to understand that SPLA is for Southern Sudan. What is to be done is a declaration of war by the Minister of SPLA affairs or Defence Nail Deng Nail. And to put forth that GOSS will not tolerate the killing of its civilians by bandits from other countries, who ever it may be, particularly the LRA. Instead of showing to much tribalism within ourselves we might need to think of helping ourselves. what ever happened during the struggle are to be forgotten but instead, lets help our soon to be formed Nation of Southern Sudan. Regards TG, Long live SPLM/SPLA Struggle continues!!!!!!!!

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        • 16 October 2009 15:15, by general Achinbenchien

          Yes aduol Liet i remember how much i dodged bulltets from Taposa, Latuka and many othe equatorian militias, but nevertheless, LRA is challenging the sovereignity of the Southern Sudan, and is clearly collarberating with khartoum Government. The threat they post is not only to equatorian, but to all Southern Sudanese. Let the history judges equatorian, but now, I expect Salva to do something about it. I will blame him because he is the one who selected incompetent governor to western Equatoria.

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        • 16 October 2009 23:53, by brothers?

          I could not understand what ur talking about as being so naive!! i really knows that ur simple from Bor cos another Dinkas can’nt talk that way! think twice as well u may think that it will be for Equatoria today but tomorow will be urs! keep on saying nonsense while days a numbering!! some time i personally can not blem u cos i know which kind of person are u at this time, Equatoria is not for grazing uneducated animals..
          One time one day the people of Equatoria will get out from that!!

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    • 16 October 2009 11:15, by kaditabiyok

      spla are developed already.is not nhial prolem.u residents need to cooperate with spla on ground.defend your self too as some communities are dong it.be brave.

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    • 17 October 2009 04:01, by daumadhang

      Nhial Deng Nhial the minister of Defense, my friend you are right to say that to miniter of defense mr Nhail his job to defending one only preson.

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  • 16 October 2009 05:02, by monykuer

    Hello Mr Ruati

    "They (Arrow Boys) killed three LRA soldiers there, among them a corporal. The LRA had attacked the civilians," Tambua said.

    Gives creat went it due mr Ruati.

    How dare could you just diminshed the work done by our SPLA forces by giving away their hard fought and give it to the "Arrow boys". if you think arrow boys are better of than SPLA why do peopel of WES always crying for GOSS hrelp. its absurd by making arrows to be the one kills LRA rather than attributing it to our forces and make SPLA as accompany
    as you stated below:
    Tambua added that, "they were with SPLA proper in the attack against LRA bandits."
    what an hypocrite WES journalist.

    be journalistics in your report.

    D M Monykuer

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    • 16 October 2009 14:12, by Francis

      Monykuer

      You are not relevant, please give credit not to the SPLA but to the Arrow’s boy because they are not getting pay for protecting civillians but the SPLA is.

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  • 16 October 2009 05:32, by Kur

    The killing of our people by these demoniacs from Uganda must stop. SPLA soldiers must be unleashed to deal with this situation. We are getting impatient with this kind of news.

    Kur

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    • 16 October 2009 06:16, by Dengtaath

      MonyKuer, does a matter who kills LRA murders whether SPLA special forces or Arrow boys. What we needs is let the killing of our people stop right now by LRA, let SPLA burn the whole Jungle start from Juba up to Congo that is what we want right now to happen, let SPLA dig up Kony and his fighters where they hidding.
      I really concure with General’s concern with Government of South Sudan in relation to this issue, LRA cannot keep pressure killing our people every single day, that is really shame on Southern Sudan defense forces, it must stop as soon as possble the killing of the People.

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      • 16 October 2009 07:02, by Dinka Boy

        The problem of LRA almost reached the threshold.
        LRA must understand that Southerners are knowing their misbehave. Time will come for SPLA to crashed this disturbes that kill citizens of SS.
        LRA must stop other we are waiting 2011.

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        • 16 October 2009 09:12, by Gleen prudance

          I’m sooooooooooo sorry for what the LRA are doing,by killing our people,what we can do is to find the person who supply him with munition,then he will just surrender.

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          • 16 October 2009 10:20, by nasirboys

            OK, IF OUR PEOPLE ARE KILING ALL THE TIME, LIKE WHAT HAPPEN IN YAMBIO THEN WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS DOING IN JUBA?
            SHAME TO OUR GOVERNMENT WHOM DOES NOT PROTECT OUR CITIZEN IN SOUTH SUDAN.
            if this is what our gov,t is doing in south sudan then LRA after two week will arrive in juba.
            thanks,

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    • 16 October 2009 14:05, by Francis

      Dear Kur

      I totally agree with you, the well pay government should not set down watching their people being murdered, it’s a shamed to the goverment!!!!!!!!!!

      I cursed those leaders responsible for the army in Southern Sudan.

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  • 16 October 2009 13:57, by Francis

    Dear Hero,brother Arrow’s boys

    Well done, I have an award of three dollars for you guys, you really did better than our goverment", however am a dinka guy, who love brave individual people who united to fight the enemy instead of their brothers so respond to my comment for me to send your three hundred on wednesday next week.

    May God bless you all.

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  • 16 October 2009 14:57, by Dr. Chui

    Dear arrow boy

    You are the great man we need. You have opened the way for the GOSS to prove that LRA existed in its territory. I am already aware of this issue but the Government ignorant is way way far from active Security for its people.

    LRA must be extinguished in Southern Sudan, We will work it out together brother.

    Cheers Dr. Chui

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    • 16 October 2009 15:53, by James Tut Biel

      We are here talking about very important and security issue, LRA are trying to become prolematic to south but we shall soon throw them out of the borders. For we are the world’s greatest fighters. we are not like Ugandans who do not chase their rebels away properly. They shoulden’t bring or cause insecuity in a peacefull country like this.

      One thing i have to mention here is that if Uganda does not want peace between them and the LRA, south will never force them and what south will do is to deal with their rebells properly. Our soldiers never run back when they are fighting the enemy.

      Thanks.
      James Tut.

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      • 16 October 2009 18:08, by D.B Lotongun

        When ever I heard of our civilians being killed by LRA in the same area, I suffered burnout.SPLA,must focus on LRA,what doesn’t means each year we hear our people being killed by LRA which are not rebels of South-Sudan.SPLA should hunt the LRA the way they used to hunt our former foe other than waiting for them to attack and kill the civilians. Nhial Deng ,do your best to protect the people of South-Sudan.We are killing ourselves and LRA are killing us,how shall we win the forthcoming election and referendum if such killing continue? I don’t think the population will remain steady if we continue killing ourselves, and at the same time dividing ourselves.Some of these killing and destruction of properties have been caused by our own soldiers but no action has been taken.The SPlA leadership must be blamed for some of the atrocities.

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        • 16 October 2009 18:50, by RASFranzen

          Last November I motorcycled from Juba to Yambio and I think the problem is, mthat the SPLA is deployed in battallion sized units in Maridi, between Maridi and Ibba and between Ibba and Yambio.

          This deployment is incapable of flushing out the LRA detachments.

          To fight insurgents, who fight in squad sized bands, one must either deploy in squads or platoons as well, or do a lot of active patrolling.

          Big strongpoints, that are stronger than the whole LRA only serve one purpose: Force protection.

          Somebody must be terribly afraid of losses. At first I thought Oyay was to blame, but nothing seems to have changed under James. As Nhial probably deals with the administrative part of the SPLA, I suspect, that the fish starts to rot at the head and this means that the Commander-in-Chief is worried about troop losses, when he should be worried about protecting the citizens.

          I hope, he realizes that citizens are voters and if I was from WES, I would not give my vote to those, who are too timid to protect my or my kin´s life.

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