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SPLA clashes with South Darfur tribal elements in border area

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April 24, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – Southern Sudan army and armed cattle herders from Rizeigat tribe clashed today in the border area between Western Bahr el-Ghazal and South Darfur, amid reports of human causalities.

Every Arab tribes from South Darfur (Rizeigat) and Southern Kordofan (Messerriya) seek water and grazing in neighboring states of greater Bahr el-Ghazal where they often clash with the cattle raiders or the southern Sudan army.

The SPLA tries to prevent the herders form entering the southern territory with their guns but the Rizeigat and Messeriya refuse pretxting that they are attacked by armed cattle rustlers.

"These confrontations, which took place today, came as a result of provocations by the SPLA, which infuriated members of the Rizeigat tribe at the area and pushed them to confront elements of the SPLA", said Mohamed Iyssa Elaio, Chairman of Rizeigat tribe’s Shura (consultation) council, in a statement to Xinhua, Saturday.

The tribal leader further said the clashes occurred within the northern part of the border at Bulbula area, some 200 km south of Matariq town in the South Darfur State. He further stressed they had informed the concerned authorities about the presence of the SPLA in this area but Khartoum didn’t react to force them to redeploy into southern Sudan.

In accordance of the 2005 peace deal, the northern Sudan army had to be withdrawn to 1956 border north and the SPLA ought to redeploy from the north to the south behind the borders.

However the official spokesperson of the southern Sudan army accused the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) of attacking the SPLA forces in Raja district in the southern state of Western Bahr al-Ghazal.

"A company of 120 SPLA soldiers was attacked on Friday night by armed men wearing uniforms of the northern (central government) army that was heavily equipped," said Major General Kuol Deim Kuol.

The Sudanese army denied the accusation.

"We were not involved in these clashes. If one of the partners in the comprehensive peace agreement has such allegations to make about the other, the Joint Defense Board should speak about it," said Alsoarmi Khaled, SAF spokesperson.

The SPLA official said there were causalities but he did not elaborate. However the tribal leader stated that some 17 people were killed and 11 others were wounded.

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  • 25 April 2010 05:50, by Dinka Boy

    What is wrong with Rizeigat and Messerriya?
    These nomad should not be allowed to the South Sudan States because they frequently caused the problem. They must stay there in the North or come without even asingle gun with them to the South other if they keep causing problem they need to be prevented to enter the South.

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    • 25 April 2010 07:39, by Mike Mike

      Why do you asked about what went wrong with Rizigate don’t you know that we were been in the war with them since 1983 upto date. If you are not aware of the war between us with Arab of the North then wake up today and prepare yourself for mission. This time is for those who have never smell or seen war one time how bad is it. Don’t keep yourself engage on the computer always responding to some people messages.

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      • 25 April 2010 08:00, by Dinka Boy

        Mike Mike,

        What do you know about the war while you were born in 1990s in the refugee camps. I did not say what when wrong with Rizigate my friend! are you frustrated or what?
        You know nothing about SPLM/A little boy rather calm down.
        Thanks

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        • 25 April 2010 09:00, by Mike Mike

          Dinka Boy, you come to see me first of all whether iam big in age or small, and after that talk of being young to you but don;t just reduce someone his age without seeing his physically sharp. iam elder than you my son keep yourself away from politics i think your time to practiced the little you know about politic is still, and also there is no any place in the South that i had never face Arab attacks my dear. Since i joined the SPLM/ A movement i was first services in the comscomse unit and after that i was again transfered to artilery unit in Marotto 1996. And what i know about the SPLM/ A movement i think you have no any single clue information in your mind as the way you use to speak to the people on the web. You need to be shown the very good way how to behave toward some other people whom you don;t know, otherwise if we leave you to continue like that then you will not get what you expect to achieve in your life.

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    • 27 April 2010 03:20, by julius mowanga

      First of all,there is a security decree by Pr;Kiir that;every nomad from North should be allowed passage and a right to the pastoral lands in South,whether they armed or not because they are not cattle raiders,period.So,you people don’t forget that next drought season the Dinka will move their herds Northwards into Rezigat and Messeriya pastoral areas,and they expect to be wellcomed as well.These security arrangement is historicaly ancient,and beyond the mandate and the presence of SPLA Militia there.Dinka and the Nomads are the one who facilitate the peace accord among the area population according to the last chiefdom conference in Mujlad,between the Dinka and the Rezigat-Messeriya leaders.
      SPLA soldiers who are very politically motivated, are not aware about the consequences of their ill assessment of the situation in the ground,by depriving the Rezigat a pastoral passage will result in a retaliation and blockade of the Dinkas’ herds passage to North during next season.
      I call upon all the elites Southerners not to fall prey to the ill will of the SPLA Militia,intimidating the Dinkas’ neigbhours and cousins from North, to enjoy peace and prosperity, shared with the Dinkas.

      There is no a single Rezigat embraces hatred or enemity to the Dinka herdsmen.
      So please,do not envoke your political interest here ,try to devute all the causes lead to this unfortunate incident and bring all those who involved to justice inorder to cease hostilities and more bloodshed....

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  • 25 April 2010 05:50, by Grader

    "The tribal leader further said the clashes occurred within the northern part of the border at Bulbula area, some 200 km south of Matariq town in the South Darfur State. He further stressed they had informed the concerned authorities about the presence of the SPLA in this area but Khartoum didn’t react to force them to redeploy into southern Sudan.

    In accordance of the 2005 peace deal, the northern Sudan army had to be withdrawn to 1956 border north and the SPLA ought to redeploy from the north to the south behind the borders"

    NB: If the leader can talk about the CPA then it is the same doc that requires them to come to South Sudan with no or less weapons

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    • 25 April 2010 08:16, by Padiet Gagag

      Wow is shamfule to migrate Arab don’t walk like blind who donot know his way to go,we have border which was marked since 1956. According to CPA any parts should not go to attack other residents, you have to let peopl know before exodus to allow you or not.Is not like migration of 19 century when you migrated from Asia to sudan.

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      • 25 April 2010 13:19, by Patrice Lumumba

        THIS IS A BIG WARNING TO ALL THE ARAB TRIBES AROUND SOUTH SUDAN BORDER WITH THE NORTH-YOUR REIGN OF TERROR IS OVER WE NEED TO SEE A GOOD BEHAVIUOR GONE ARE THE DAYS WHEN YOU USED TO WALK ALL OVER THE BORDER AND KILL INNOCENT PEOPLE WITH IMPUNITY. PAY BACK TIME.
        SPLA OYEEEEEE

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