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By Philip Thon Aleu

May 1, 2012 (BOR) – South Sudan’s army (SPLA) said it is considering killing raiders who abduct or murder women and children in Jonglei state as a disarmament campaign in the state concludes and peace initiatives begin.

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chiefs who attended the peace conference in Bor, May 1, 2012

Community leaders are currently meeting in Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, as part of efforts to find peacefully settlement to cattle rustling and inter-communal violence in the state.

The commander of the 15,000 strong SPLA disarmament forces in Jonglei, Gen. Kuol Diem Kuol told political and traditional leaders that “this peace conference is the last chance” for restoring peace through dialogue.

“The SPLA will not allow killing of children to continue. SPLA will starting killing raiders if these acts continue,” Gen. Kuol said to ululations from women attending the five day peace, tolerance and reconciliation meeting.

“I want this conference to decide a solution to this or the SPLA will use force against raiders,” Gen. Kuol added.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir appointed a 23-member peace committee in January when inter-communal violence peaked in Jonglei State.

Over 1,000 people died and over 100,000 people were displaced by the conflict in 2011. Cattle raiding, child abduction and indiscriminate killings have characterised the fighting between pastoralist communities in Jonglei state but the casualties have increased due to illegal arms left over from the two-decade Sudanese civil that was ended by a 2005 peace accord.

Jonglei state governor, Kuol Manyang, told the participants that development has been halted in Jonglei “because investors are scared by this violence.” Governor Kuol says he is “ashamed” by the behaviour of his people and urged leaders to reach a peaceful settlement to what he called “criminal acts.”

The latest deadly incident occurred on Monday in Anyidi of Bor county, a day before peace conference commences in Bor. The attack on a car travelling to Pibor county from Bor killed three people.

Gen. Kuol says the extra SPLA forces deployed to the state will remain in Jonglei “as long as there continue to be threat to disarmed communities.”

Expectations are high among the delegates that a peaceful settlement can be found to the crisis but traditional chiefs maintain that the government should arrest suspected criminals or any accord signed on Saturday may come and go like other agreements.

The roundtable meeting, chaired by Archbishop Daniel Deng, gave each group in Jonglei state - including the Murle, Nuer, Jie, Anuak , Kachipo and Dinka Bor - time to present issues causing insecurity, propose solutions and receive reactions from other delegates.

PRAYERS FOR PEACE

As part of opening prayers, Bishop Rajaf Diocese in Central Equartoria State, Enock Tombe, began with a verse from the Bible and asked Jonglei’s criminals to stop their criminal activities and accept peace into their hearts.

The Archbishop asked the conference to present Jonglei’s problems before God so that the people live in peace.

“It is evil plan that make our people to kill themselves. We will ask God to destroy the Satan in us”, said the Deng.

Governor Manyang told the delegates representing the six ethnic groups in Jonglei to join hands and work towards restoring peace in the conflict torn state.

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Kuol Manyang speaking at the conference in South Sudan Hotel in Bor, May 1 2012, ST photo

“In the last 11 months, very many were killed using guns, many children were abducted, and many others were injured. Over 4,000 people died in the conflict”, said Manyang. The UN say that 1,000 were killed in 2011 but dispute the high figures given by some officials of the number of deaths so far this year.

He said Jonglei had held lots of peace conferences since 2006 that had not been productive, including one in Fangak County and Gumuk Payam of Pibor County which had no significant outcome.

Manyang challenged head of families, chiefs and commissioners for failing to end raiding and child abduction in their areas.

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picture of young guy showing the remains of his burnt shop in Duk Padiet, January 2012.ST File.

“If your son brings cattle or a child to your home, why cannot you ask him where he got cattle or a child from? And you chief, what is your role in this? Were you selected so that should keep quite when your people kill others?"

Manyang continued saying “Peace will never come if we don’t respect the others and their properties”.

He urged the people to accept their mistakes so that they can join hands together in peace.

“The life we are in now is bad. There is nobody who will bring peace to our state except you”, he added.

OVER 10,000 ARMS COLLECTED IN JONGLEI

Jonglei’s conflicts are fueled by the illegal arms possessed by civilians causing the president of South Sudan to order a comprehensive disarmament campaign in Jonglei which started in mid February.

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Guns collected from Bor in when disamament, March 2012, ST file

The head of disarmament in Jonglei state, General Kuol Diem Kuol reported during the conference that his forces have collected the guns from all the communities in Jonglei.

He said the army and axillary forces have collected a total of 10,028 forearms including 30 PKM machine guns, 10 RPG7 launchers.

“You cannot use PKM to kill you brother, instead of using it on the national enemy. RPG7 is for destroying tanks and not people”, he advised.

CHALLENGES DURING DISARMAMENT

General Kuol accused some Murle youth of resisting the disarmament by running away from their communities to avoid the army.

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Kuol Dim speaking at Malualchat in Bor, March 2012, ST file

“When SPLA entered Pibor Land, the youth of Murle ran to Dinka, Nuer, Anuak and places and hide in the bushes”, he said.

He said the many youth of Murle had not surrendered their arms.

According to the SPLA’s last report, only 645 arms were collected in Pibor County.

He said the bad roads network is another big challenge in Jonglei as the forces are compelled to move on foot to places to where people are.

Kuol said 52 attacks occurred since the disarmament started in Jonglei. Out of 52 attacks, 51 attacks were carried out by Murle and only one was done by some element in Bor on Murle, according to Kuol.

He said, Murle armed groups had attacked the SPLA seven times in Pibor and conducted 17 attacks on the Dinka Bor counties of Bor, Twic East and Duk, 15 attacks on Akobo and Waat of Uror Counties, 5 times on Jie communities and 7 times on the Anuak and once on themselves when a lorry was attacked killing three and injuring one on Monday April 30.

SPLA CALLS FOR RETURN OF ABDUCTED CHILDREN

General Kuol asked the conference to work hard to bring all the abducted children and women to their families.

He said the SPLA has collected 31 children from the hands of Murle abductors and were returned them to their families. He said SPLA still holds three girls [from Akobo County] who were recently brought from the hands of the criminals and are yet to be handed over to the commissioner of Akobo to reunite them with their families.

Kuol said the Army will continue searching for guns in Jonglei till no more guns are in the hands of civilians. He said that most of the SPLA are now deployed in remote areas to protect the civilians from raids and abductions.

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  • 2 May 2012 06:53, by Ahmed Chol

    If the government and the governor don’t have power to apprehend criminals, then how will the chiefs catch them? Weaks laws imposed by weak leaders give us weak government.

    Kuol Diem what do you do to those w abducted the children and killed their parents? Do you let them just go free and return the children.

    Murle must be destroyed for peace and development to prevail in Jongle

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    • 2 May 2012 07:14, by LL Reuben

      Ahmed Chol,

      No Sir, the entire Murle don’t deserve to be destroyed as you put it, only the criminals need to be apprehended with the law. That include any criminal from Dinka, Nuer and all over South Sudan who are breaking laws. From there we shall move on peacefully and coexist peacefuly. All tribe are equal only the criminals need to be filtered out for good of all the citizens. God bless RSS

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      • 2 May 2012 07:24, by Ahmed Chol

        Tell us how you filter the criminals out. Criminal raid, kill and abduct kids, they sell kids to everybody in the village in Pibor, now who is not a criminal among them? Those who shelter criminals and buy kids from criminals are as guilty as the criminals themselves. Do it my way and you will see development in jonglei or otherwise nothing will happens.

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        • 2 May 2012 07:47, by LL Reuben

          Ahmed Chol,

          Where is the proof of your claim to justify that all Murle are criminals? What you’re describing as aduct, kill, sell and so forth can be done by one murle criminal. Where is the jusfication for your call of destroying the entire tribe. Criminals exist in every society and a established government deal with them, that’s all I am saying.

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          • 2 May 2012 07:59, by Daniel Buolmawei

            LL, I don’t agree with bro Amhed Chol harsh tone and rage because he becomes tired of Murle criminal activities, but you have to agree Ahmed Chol proved his poinrts by saying the whole Murle community condone criminals. We are talking of thousands of thousands of cattle coming to Murle land every time and many of children and young women. The fact is that evey Murle person benefits these crimes.

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            • 2 May 2012 08:16, by LL Reuben

              Daniel Boulmawei,

              Although most murle are percieved as criminals, there sin’t and concrete evidence to conclude the entire community particepation in any of those illegal acts. We can’t verify too if they all condone the action of those among them, who raid, abduct, kill and sell children and so is to whether they all benefit... Fewer or even one murle is can steal "thousands" of cattle.

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              • 2 May 2012 09:44, by codewizards

                LL. I personally agree with your points. Every community has its criminals not only Murle. I have a friend from Murle whose parents and relatives were killed in one of the raids in his village back in 2010 when we were in the school. The boy never thought of revenge, instead, he asks: "How can we end this killing among ourselves?" What a logical question? He lost his mother, father and relatives..

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                • 2 May 2012 10:02, by LL Reuben

                  CodeWizard,

                  Indeeds sir, a criminal is a criminal, no shape and no form. He/she comes as criminal. We should not unreasonably condemn the majority because of few bad apples. Most of the debate here is driven by frustration and resentment from victims -both sides- of those consider criminals. In that case the government should be blamed the most. Local representatives are part of government too

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    • 2 May 2012 12:34, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Jonglei Communities should behiour like human being,killing one another is something with shame to the community of Jonglei,most of them has being outside south Sudan during the 1983 war,but no change yet within the community.

      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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  • 2 May 2012 07:36, by Daniel Buolmawei

    "He said, Murle armed groups had attacked the SPLA seven times in Pibor and conducted 17 attacks on the Dinka Bor Counties of Bor, Twice East and Duk, 15 attacks on Akobo and Waat of Uror Counties, 5 times on Jie Communities and 7 times on Anuak and once on themselves when a lorry was attacked killing three and injuring one on Monday April 30."

    Murle is surely guilty of these crimes.

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  • 2 May 2012 07:40, by Legacy Elites

    That is the root cause of conflict in Jonglei. Starting from the governor, disarmament commander, and even the the ST reporter are all attacking Murle and blaming Murle. No mention of Lou Nuer armed thugs who carried out the genocide in Pibor, resisted disarmament and now they are with all their guns in Ethiopia. Dinka Bor ran away with their guns to Kajokeji. No mention of Murle women and childre

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    • 2 May 2012 08:05, by Daniel Buolmawei

      Legacy, you have to pay attention to the facts. The SPLA Commander did not count all raids before the disarmament. He just counted those raids occurred during the disarmament that Murle conducted while the disarmament SPLA soldiers were busing disarming Bor and Nuer. Lou Nuer didn’t attack any community after they attacked Pibor or during the disarmament. Only Murle. I am not defending Lou Nuer.

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      • 2 May 2012 08:07, by Daniel Buolmawei

        But you have to pay attention to details instead of adicting to propagandas and empty justifications. I never read that the commander Lou Nuer weren’t raid any one.

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    • 2 May 2012 08:27, by Ruach

      These Murle thugs are Khartoum agents and SPLA must take care of people around Murle who always fall victim to their chaos.There is dev’t in Murle/Jabaarin land because they are carrying out human sellings and get price out of it.Well done illitrate Murle for abducting Nuer,Dinka Bor Children and sell them to other communties with no shame!!

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  • 2 May 2012 07:42, by Daniel Buolmawei

    In Jonglei. When facts are said, there are people propagate truths with lies. What will they say now that for this short period of disarment 52 raids occured and out 52 raids, murle raided other communities and SPLA 51 times. Only raid against Murle. To make the matter worse, Murle attacked Jie, Anuak, etc., those communities without even political conflicts with anyone in Jonglei. Can Murle -----

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  • 2 May 2012 07:47, by Daniel Buolmawei

    Still defense criminal acts that they are caused to attack because of political grieviances as they claim against Dinka Bor and Nuer? If there raids on others are caused by political grieviances, why attacked Jie, Anyuak, etc? Murle are bed-bugs who want to live by sucking the blood of others. They must be taken care of if they don’t stop. They are a liability to our rising star Nation.

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  • 2 May 2012 08:11, by Legacy Elites

    When the truth is twisted and the news reporters and SPLA commanders are all accusing Murle falsely. What they are accusing Murle of here in this conference is false. But those who are always enemies of Murle just accept any news that condemns Murle without verifying the claims. As Murle member, I know what I am talking about. Kuol Dim and all those are accusing Murle are actually lying. This conf

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    • 2 May 2012 08:25, by Legacy Elites

      This conference is a waste of time and resources. The wrong people are in charge of important positions, including those religious leaders who are in that conference are as useless as those tribalist and racist SPLA commanders participating. The objective of such peace conferences is to achieve peace and not to accuse Murle falsely motivated by tribal hatred in hearts of those SPLA commanders

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      • 2 May 2012 08:54, by omoni jr.

        Lagecy Elites.
        you talk like a man buddy,so why dont you join like David Yauyau and get killed or you kill them too.
        very simple to solve this internet war.

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    • 2 May 2012 08:29, by dinkdong

      You are trying to defend your people, but truths be told, your people are no good. All the reporters and the disarment general are saying is true. God is witness

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    • 2 May 2012 08:34, by philip andriko

      Dear legacy elite,you must be one of the criminal where ever you are ,if you really say that all the conference which is taking place deal on accusation to murle,have you ever heard of killing and abduction in jonglei state ,who do you thing are doing that human bussiness if not murle because they are infertile because of sharing one wife,you are also abducted from akobo or bor please test DNA dog

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    • 4 May 2012 10:38, by Ruach

      Legacy Ellitrate!!Which truth are u talking about?Do u want us to support the 100% of Murle criminality?What a shame!Selling human being!!

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  • 2 May 2012 08:22, by dinkdong

    Guys, I have never thought of any soon solution to this cattle raiding - child abduction thing among Jonglei tribes. I thought it was going to stop as soon as S. Sudan had it independent but instead, it is getting worst. It had became a cancer. Now one tribe, the Murle, are the ones with guns. It’s never going to end.

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    • 2 May 2012 08:40, by Legacy Elites

      You are completely wrong. Murle guns have all been confiscated by force by SPLA. The tribes left with their guns are Dinka Bor, Lou Nuer and Jie. Kuol left Jie with guns to use them against Murle. He planned with Machar the Pibor genocide successfully because nobody expected a governor and vice president can just plan and carry out a genocide against Murle children and women, but Kuol Manyang and

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      • 2 May 2012 08:46, by dinkdong

        What U.S. State are you residing man? Or is it Australia? You sound like you are not in the field - S. Sudan

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        • 2 May 2012 09:41, by Legacy Elites

          I am writing from Pibor, man. I am telling you the truth and nothing but the truth. Will always do that. I am against child and women abduction whoever is practicing it. I am against crimes against all children and women Nuer, Dinka, Anyuak, Murle etc. Crime is crime whether done to whom or by whom. Murle are not angels, they have committed crimes. Nuer and Dinka did even more than Murle. Yet it i

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          • 2 May 2012 09:56, by Legacy Elites

            Yet it is the Murle who are always blamed. Those of you who hate Murle, you create all kinds of false accusations against the Murle. You say it is infertility that cause Murle to abduct children, then is it infertility that lead Nuer and Dinka to abduct Murle women and children? Of course no. Infertility and all STDs are found every where. Prostitution and promiscuity are practiced by all every wh

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            • 2 May 2012 19:28, by panom lualbil

              TO LEGACY ELITE, believe me, telling the truth is what can set you free on this planet! MURLE of pibor used to have weapons b4 weapons of SPLA of today. They were MILITIAS ARMED by arabs who lived in pibor b4 SPLA, and who used to steal DINKA’s animals in BOMA as well. Until then 1983’s rumors by MARTYR JOHN GARANG who lied to DINKA’s youth like if there were FREE GUNS at BILPAM-ethiopia

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              • 2 May 2012 20:13, by panom lualbil

                for self-defend. Therefore bunch of NUERS and DINKAS who were tired of MURLE, plowed their way to BILPAM for FREE guns. Unfortunately, as they went, they were recruited and retrained. Untill when their no considered good enough, they were then released as koryom, murmur etc but against JALABS not murle. So to be fair, MURLE are supposed to be compensate 4 some guns, when they also

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                • 2 May 2012 20:24, by panom lualbil

                  compensate dinka for stolen animals and casualities. But afterall, I agreed with idea of killing of raiders to restore unlasting PEACE in JONGLE. Seeing is believing.

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        • 2 May 2012 12:35, by Nimber

          Let the SPLA use force for those who do not hand their guns to SPLA.
          Otherwise, Jonglei wil remain in trouble and coruupt state.

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    • 2 May 2012 08:58, by Daniel Buolmawei

      dinkdong, I think SPLA will make a fatal mistake if they leave Murle still armed as they reported Murle escaped with arms and guns both into Ethiopia and bushes of Jonglei. They have to patiently wait until they completely disarmed Murle, otherwise other communties will reacquire arms in case they will fear of Murle attacks and future disarmament will never be effective by all means.

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      • 2 May 2012 09:33, by dinkdong

        That’s right Buol. Let me tell you, they have already did. The SPLA have already did that fatal mistake and I don’t think non of the disarmed tribes will be able to arm again. This weak government is against the civilized people and left the criminals

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  • 2 May 2012 09:45, by wang

    You are doing a great job Kuol Dim and kill those who are not associates with the governments and not respecting the State’s constitution

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  • 2 May 2012 10:00, by codewizards

    Dear all,

    Disarmament will never bring peace and this killing will never end until we (civilians) begin to forgive our wrongdoings. Even if all guns are gone, people can still use anything to attack and kill or abduct! Every tribe has the right to live in the RSS, and we must forgive one another or we continue killing ourselves until the end of the world. I’ll write an article for this issue soon

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    • 2 May 2012 13:33, by Peacocktail

      SPLAm must go to the Border of Ethiopia and South Sudan to destablize region. the same should be extended to Toposa Border as Jie and Toposa can take advantage of Jonglei disarmament and initiate counter attack on Jonglei Community. All Criminal still hold illegals guns, weapon, Abducted children, women must bear capital punishment-"Shooting to kill" by SPLA must be adopted NOW. Good Gen Kuol in J

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  • 2 May 2012 10:06, by Beneben Bai

    the question to the whole world is, what is the right solution for the case of criminals in Jonglei State of South Sudan? we don’t need to go back to the causes because the world will get surprise of reasons due to that they are things that have been forgotten by other nations long time ago. lets say if such problems happen in USA, Saudia Arabia, Russia, Britain, China or Canada, what will they do

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  • 2 May 2012 10:21, by Beneben Bai

    if your role is to protect every one, what do you do to protect others when few of those under your protection refused to abide by principles of protection that are there for the benefit of all and keep going contrary to those priciples. they should be kept under control so as not to harm the rest. if that is not possible for one reason or another, then taking the last resort is needed

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  • 2 May 2012 10:52, by Beneben Bai

    rule of law needs to be effective and strong by all means to stop who ever thinks he is above the law or can move around it in Jonglei state of S. Sudan

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    • 3 May 2012 00:52, by Kurnyel

      Yah kills them that is what you do and on the other hand killing civilians is a good news to us because they all will come to Khartoum

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      • 3 May 2012 06:04, by Mou

        Guys,
        If I were you, I won’t even pay attention to Murle, Dinka or Nuer communities. SPLA vs SAF fought for 21 years without roads. how comes when Nuer-Dinka-Murle fight erupted. Government of Jonglei blamed it on lack of road. would attackers or do the attackers sit on the road side waiting for SPLA to arrest/capture them? Why didn’t SPLA use fighting days to disarm attackers in the scene?

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        • 3 May 2012 06:10, by Mou

          I am sure if SPLA had used fights as chances to surrounded the attackers and removed guns by force as the method of disarmement, they would have collected 90% of guns that they are still making noise today. Murle went to Nuer community and fought, but nothing was done. Nuer or Dinka went to Pibor and fought but nothing was done. Those days would have been fertile environment for disarmement. ----

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          • 3 May 2012 06:13, by Mou

            I suspect some SPLA leaders have hands in this scenario. However, killing civilian armed by individuals will make an excellent headlines to the world and that will make South Sudan develop very fast like Somalia.

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  • 3 May 2012 13:48, by Samzil-Messiah 2

    Well Executed Plan By SPLA...Any Criminal Or Living Thing That Cannot Coexist With SPLA/M Must Decease Existing Just Like What We Do To The Sudanese Arabs...The Gvt Is Here To Maintain Law And Order Irrespective Of What Tribe Yo’ Coming From...As Long As U Cause Chaos Within The Borders Of RSS U’ll Be Lying 6Feet Under Where U Can Rest In Peace Alone Without Interferring With Other’s Freedom

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