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March 19, 2010 (JUBA) – Thirteen people were killed during clashes between Southern Sudan army and armed herders from Misseriya tribe in the Unity state, the SPLA spokesperson said on Friday.

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armed herder pushes cattles in southern Sudan

The clashes occurred on Wednesday near Awarepiny Payam, in Biemnom County of southern state of unity at the border with South Kordofan State.

SPLA spokesperson Kuol Diem Kuol said the southern Sudan troops lost two soldiers while 11 nomads were killed adding two soldiers are also wounded.

Kuol added that the clashes were triggered by difference over the arms the cattle herders carry when they enter to southern Sudan for grazing. The SPLA would not prevent them to have access to water and grazing land but must come without arms, General Kuol stressed.

The southern Sudan authorities says the nomads must leave weapons in the north before to enter but the Misseriya nomads refuse saying they are attacked by cattle raiders and wild animals.

Following the signing of the CPA and establishment of the southern Sudan administration in Juba, authorities urge the Misseriya to disarm before to cross Kiir River also spelled ’Ba?r al Arab’ but the pastoralists say they still face attacks by gunmen to steal their cattle.

Commenting the clashes, the military spokesperson also said the northern herders were politically motivated.

"Somebody somewhere is pushing them (the Misseriya). They have been used for many years," Kuol said.

An agreement signed earlier this year between the herders and southern officials says that the nomads may now bring in five small guns to accompany large herds and three guns if they are moving with smaller groups.
But Kuol says the nomads were breaking this agreement and carrying too many guns.

Reacting to the fighting, Arop Yot, Biennom County commissioner, has urged government of south Sudan to consider immediate deployment of adequate security forces in the area.

The County commissioner who spoke to Sudan Tribune from Bentiu, the state capital of Unity, said these attacks have crippled local business. They have greatly affected local trading between the two regions.

This is why it has to be given bigger attention so civilian lives return to normal. It will also affect free and fair conduct of the election if adequate security forces are not deployed, he adds.

(ST)

Ngor Arol Garang and Manyang Mayom contributed to this article

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  • 20 March 2010 05:26, by general Achinbenchien

    Messiriya barbarian, these are not Southerners of the past, these are Southerners who have their capital city call Juba and their Army called SPLA. Which out or soon, you will perish. Aim AK-47, karraw, 11 Mesiriya waga, and I chanted, SPLA Oyei

    Good jobs boys, keep Melatoes abay

    General Achinbenchien

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    • 20 March 2010 05:43, by mohammed ali

      I thought that the messeria are marginalized people!

      They were living in this land for centuries side by side with Dinka.Toghether they used to slve their problems.All authorities in the north or south should leave them alone.I can understand if they had a fight with the Dinka civilians, but to be killed by the SUDAN PEOPLE LIBERATION ARMY, the army of the marginalized people is not acceptable!!!

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      • 20 March 2010 05:55, by Gatwech

        So during the elections the SPLA should be ready to fight the LRA and the Messeiriya.

        It should not therefore deploy forces to fight or harrass independent candidates because that would backfire.

        Another front a part from LRA and Messeiriya may open up with the North-South border. SPLM should cement SPLM unity instead of breaking it. Independent candidates are loyal sons and daughters of SPLM only forced to stand because of the "irregular" undemocratic and unpopular selection process of candidates by PB as admitted by Pagan Amum (SG).

        This is why all the independent candidates are supporting Yasser Arman and Salva Kiir as their known SPLM presidential candidates.

        SPLM should put dictatorship to sleep and this critical time and cement co-existence with other candidates by allowing them free campaign and air time in the state media.

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        • 20 March 2010 06:17, by Dinka Boy

          Gatwech Yual and Mohamed ali

          You are kid;therefore, you have to stop talking when you heard the SPLM issues. You knew nothing dear about SPLM.

          It seems that you know only Nuer issues in the South but not at all the issues of SPLM. You just realized why SPLM fought the North in 2005 when you militia were welcome in SPLM at the time they join NCP force ever since. Wecome back to struggling because i knew 2011 is not afade away independent, be ready mr militia for any aggression. Stop supporting DC and the wife of traitor because they will do more harms than you think mr militia.

          Yes mr Mohamed Ali, Misseria are marginalized,but do you know how they were used by Khartoum government ever since? they fought against SPLM and they were the one who were frequently used by Arab North. If you know the history of South and North war,then you should not write your nonsense here. Yes, Misseria are maginalized who don,t know their identity and their master always deny them any thing. They will be finished this time if they don,t complianced with South Sudan.
          Thanks

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          • 20 March 2010 06:37, by Oduck Bol

            Mr Dinkboy.

            Do not worry. It is not achoice of DC leader or Salva Kiir.It is the choices of southerns, who will choose their leader. So,do not run around with your uncle acusing other parties for nothing.Get your mouth out of other parties.

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        • 20 March 2010 06:42, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

          Getwach you could be right on that point of view about the protection of Southern from LRA and Misserya. However what I see so far is that nothing is going to happen the we would like it to be. Our grandpapa Kiir Maryardick has totally block the progress like a lock on the door preventing thieves from getting through. Think back to the time when Equatorians were slaughter by LRA like animals in a free farm, did Kiir himself show a sign of seriousness? the answer is NO. The only person that Equatorians can appreciate is Riek, who has tried hard to bring peace between LRA and NRM. This papa must make his mind up before 2011, he either resign or retire peacefully. Most of my people in South are preaching the fruit of democratic, simply no body interface with independent candidates accept futureless dinkas who may option to reunited with arabs. For now they have one more chance, if they attempt building relationship with enemies then, their only way to live second life is to remove their land from South and join with arabs in khartoum. Otherwise their hell day will start. The image of South and traditional papa is all about corruption national and international. Nothing is known about South Sudan only corruption and insecurity. Whether Kiir or killer he must make his decision earlier before we hit the clock in 2011.

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          • 20 March 2010 06:57, by Dinka Boy

            Fake Famous Big_Logic_Boy,

            Soon we will invited really Logic -boy to help you. Why making noise instead of chasing Dinka to Khartoum if you can afford it dear.
            Your prostitution with Nuer and hatred against Dinka can not help you dear. Just go with your leader traitor Riek to help you,but i don,t think so.
            Knows that if you keep fueling hatred the most people who will suffered are your EQ after we chase these food lovers you support to Ethiopia and Khartoum. That is a fact! if i were you ,I should not wast my spare time talking loud of impossibilities because Arab never do anything to Dinka when they fought Us together with 95% of Nuer. We kick their assess till they come back and begged Dinka SPLM. Thanks

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          • 20 March 2010 10:04, by Aduol Liet

            Big Fool Logic Boy.

            I belief you are real a stupid man. Most people from the Equatoria Regions did know that, Riek Machar Teny had been given $30,000 dollars and he told Joseph Kony to stayed in Equatoria around, now how fool are you.? Call people now from the Equatoria Regions they will tell you that, Riek Machar Teny was the one who recommend Uganda Rebel leader to staying in Southern Sudan particular Equatoria. How came to blame Salve Kiir Manyardit while Riak is a friend of Joseph Kony since the time he was defected from the SPLA/SPLM/Movement, he invited Joseph Kony in Bentiu so that, Joseph Kony will fight against SPLA as he did exactly at that time.

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        • 20 March 2010 10:08, by Arochthon

          Gatwech,

          please, I would advise you to make yourself relevant to the situation of the south Sudan than just sticking to the sycophantic life where you have grown up with.
          the issue here is not all about the independent candidates but is about the clashes between the messeiriya and the SPLA. so for you in your understanding where does the blame of SPLM comes in as a political party. suppose you are an SPLA officer what would you do seeing your people being killed by an organized group of civilians, can’t you try any means of protecting them? surely this is the duty of SPLA to protect its citizens. I know SPLA is capable of protecting civilians from Arabs, LRA and any other group who may want to cause chaos in the south Sudan. I lost patience today because your comment is always immaterial to the situation of south Sudan and these citizens always fell victims of all the circumstances which they don’t know and one wonder where do you belong if you criticize such?

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      • 20 March 2010 23:54, by kalkada

        messeria are used by all governments in the north to fight on their behave, they were armed by Sadik al mahadi regime and also by NCP. Messeria are not marginalized people, they are agents (back up) to the northerners governors. they are trouble maker, they used provoke and kill Nuba in the name of Jihad, but now the situation in the ground is totally different, if they kill one nuba, nuba kill two messeria. attention!!!!! Messeria the next war will drive all of you from south, Nuba mountain and Darfur to jazira al arabia where you come from. attention!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Messeria, you are used and you will be dumped.

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    • 20 March 2010 18:35, by Agutran

      The Misseriya need to be very careful, they should not allow themselves to be thrown under the bus by anyone who is not going to help them when such tragedy occurred.

      I believe the poor Misseriyas are being used as proxies by those who don’t want to engage the South directly.

      They need to say no when they get push unwillingly to the fight they cannot afford.

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  • 20 March 2010 06:09, by Oduck Bol

    The Misseriya is now become the victimes between south and north. Also, this is a consequance of sharia law which was opposed on southerns by northerns,that let them to want to live alone in their own state without northerns.So, who will be blam at this point? I think a famer president Jaffer Namari who brought shairia law in Sudan,and El Sadage Madai, Asan El Truabi and Omar El Bashair whom follow and opposing unwanted law on especial group of people that is south.

    Please,please, there is Ramalha between south Sudan and north.

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    • 20 March 2010 08:10, by jack chuol

      Wow!!! Soviet Union is existing

      Have a good day guys and thank you

      Birdbrain guys

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  • 20 March 2010 10:47, by AAMA

    Where are the selfish leaders of this country? Can’t they see that people are killed in the south everyday and from all tribes and they just throw the blames on each other? Can’t they stop their political battle for a while and find a solution for these innocent people? When will the Sudanese blood becomes more valuable to those leaders than their political(racial) battle? There is no excuse whatsoever for killing innocent civilians from any tribe anywhere in this repeated manner.

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  • 20 March 2010 11:29, by Gatluak Latjor

    I think the messiraya need good men to think for their future. They should know that the southern sudanese of today are not that of yesterdays. The present guys can fire complicated weapons, hang in the air F-16 jets, plung into water a tank, perfectly install electic power systems etc. When these messiraya people will think beter or their mind is incapable ?

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  • 20 March 2010 16:45, by Marco Nyak

    Good lesson for Misseriya, but SPLA could have done better, next time SPLA shall wait for them in the border before entering South Sudan. i urge SSLA to pass a law
    preventing Misseriya from entering South Sudan.

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  • 21 March 2010 02:51, by DHARCHEP

    Dear Southern Sudanese people,

    This is what I always been saying that the people of Dinka Ruweng will never be in a good shape if the Government of Southern Sudan is not paying attention to the problem which is facing Dinka Ruweng Community of Biemnom County in Unity State.

    Every time there is a war in Ruweng, but I can said that the war in the land of Dinka Ruweng people of Biemnom County is not a simple thing that need not to be scrutinized. The war in Ruweng started in 1969 until today. It has never stop at all. Since the ruin of Ruweng land by Arabs in 1982, there is nothing substantial that have ever came good. The war has already show itself in Ruweng land of Biemnom county, but what is the deal if that happen again?

    Last few months ago, the war emerged in Awarpiny Payam of Dinka Ruweng two times and then it happened again as of today. Then again, another war started in Goli, a villiage of Mijuan Clan of Dinka Ruweng. So, all these kind of things happened in Ruweng are just some signs of CPA deterioration. But, however, if CPA is initiated and everybody was expected to enjoy it, then why Dinka Ruweng people of Biemnom can not enjoy CPA instead of enjoying the war all the times?

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