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May 11, 2012 (BOR) - Three people have been killed and three others injured in attacks allegedly conducted by Murle tribesmen in Jonglei, local officials say, days after a "comprehensive peace deal" was signed between the state’s communities.

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A victim of a Murle attack, Mr. Bol Lual in Bor hospital, Jonglei, South Sudan. March 29, 2011 (ST)

On Thursday 10 May a car belonging to the South Sudan Ministry of Roads and Bridges was traveling from Juba to Jonglei when its was attacked near Panwell village of Bangachorot. Two policemen were wounded and the driver was killed, according to Jonglei police.

In Twic East two people were killed and one person was injured on Wednesday 9 May when attackers, again assumed to be members of the Murle tribe, captured 32 heads of cattle, according to Dau Akoy, the county commissioner. South Sudan’s army (SPLA) later rescued the cows, Akoy said.

Speaking to Sudan Tribune from his base in Panyagoor, Akoy said the attack was the first since the Jonglei peace deal was signed in Bor on Saturday 6 May.

He said the attack was launched on a group of traders from Bor, Twic and Duk counties. The cattle were returned by the SPLA after “exchanging gunfire with the criminals,” he said.

Akoy appealed to the people of Jonglei State, in particular to the Murle community, to control those in their communities who take part in cattle raids and illegal activities. “These criminals have their fathers; chiefs and a commissioner who can control them,” he said.

Traditional leaders from the six tribes of Jonglei and some members of peace committee appointed by President Salva Kiir and civil society groups are currently in Pibor County, home of the Murle, to monitor the implementation of the peace deal.

Jonglei’s minister of law enforcement, Gabriel Duop Lam, admitted that peace deal signed on 6 May will not stop attacks immediately as it will take time to convinced the raiders to stop their criminal activities.

State governor, Kuol Manyang Juuk, said last week that since June 2011, when the violence escalated, there have been 3,651 people killed, 385 people wounded, 1,830 children abducted and 3,983,613 cattle stolen. The UN have dismissed some of the higher casualty estimates. Such figures are often compiled by officials from the communities affected.

The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) in South Sudan, Hilde F. Johnson, asked the Nuer, Dinka, Murle, Jie, Kachipo and Anuak of Jonglei "say no to violence" and honour the peace accord.

Speaking during the 6 May signing ceremony witnessed by president Kiir, Johnson said that the deal between the six ethnic groups must be respected to the cycle of violence.

“Today is the opportunity to say no to violence,” Johnson said. “We need to see peace reach the communities, the grassroots, and the cattle camps”.

She stressed that long lasting peace can only come when comprehensive solutions to Jonglei’s challenges are found. "Resolutions are not enough. We need to see peace be followed by dividends of peace for the people.”

Before the peace conference a six week disarmament campaign collected over 10,000 small arms from the the civilian population. However, some groups attempted to avoid the process and did not attend the peace conferences.

The disarmament campaign "has been mostly peaceful and you have seen disciplined behaviour”, she said. Johnson said the United Nations Mission in South Sudan was committed to help Jonglei find sustainable peace.

“We are committed to help you turn this new chapter and open the new chapter for peace on sustainable basis”, Johnson said.

As well many arms being leftover from Sudan’s two-decade civil war, it is widely believed that some of the arms used in raids and counter raids by Jonglei’s young men were disseminated by rebel groups operating in the area. Juba says that groups loyal to the late George Athor and David Yauyau are backed by Khartoum on order to destabilise the South Sudan.

Since the end of March Sudan and South Sudan have fought a border conflict centering around the disputed Heglig/Panthou oil region. The UN and AU have called for the two sides to cease hostilities and return to talks to resolve the mnay issues that arose from South Sudan’s secession in July last year.

Johnson said peace in Jonglei would be hard to achieve if the conflict between Sudan and South Sudan continues. Part of UNMISS’s mandate is protect civilians in the world’s newest state, a role critics have said it failed to fulfill during spikes in violence in June, August and December last year.

However, Johnson has defended the UN mission pointing out to the BBC in an interview in February that UNMISS was their to support the government of South Sudan. She also pointed out that they could not have responded any faster considering the remoteness and poor infrastructure of Jonglei and the low number of helicopters available to them.

(ST)

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  • 12 May 2012 06:41, by Michael Angelo

    The Murlei must stop such habit and cooperate with other communities to face the really enemy. I totally deplore such manner from this tiny Murlei.

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    • 12 May 2012 21:07, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

      Michael Angelo
      This is what SATANICLY planned by the ignorant and arrogant, bloody SPLA/M.
      This is what SATANICLY planned by the ignorant and arrogant, bloody SPLA/M.
      This is what SATANICLY planned by the ignorant and arrogant, bloody SPLA/M.
      This is what SATANICLY planned by the ignorant and arrogant, bloody SPLA/M.

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    • 13 May 2012 07:02, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

      The President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit has reiterated that the young Government of the Republic of South Sudan came from a long struggle for human rights and the government is committed to respecting and advancing the protection of the human rights.
      IT IS SO EASY TO TALK !?!?!?
      IT IS SO EASY TO TALK !?!?!?
      IT IS SO EASY TO TALK !?!?!?

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  • 12 May 2012 06:49, by Lachrymose Dinka

    When Murle traders were attaacked before peace committee, Kuol said they attacked themselves n now? I think in every incident, investigation is done first before conclusion. If I may ask this bias journalise from Bor that what shows that they were Murle? U killed patients n now u kill traders who went to buy goods from you n the only word the governor can say is “ they attacked themselves ”. How d

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    • 12 May 2012 10:05, by Ruach

      These tiny Murle are still causing chaos!!They are very primitive indeed!!

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      • 12 May 2012 17:04, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

        In May 2011, the SPLA allegedly set fire to over 7,000 homes in Unity State. The UN reports many of these violations and the frustrated director of one Juba-based international aid agency calls them "human rights abuses off the Richter scale".

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      • 12 May 2012 17:06, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

        The Nuer White Army has stated it wished to "wipe out the entire Murle tribe on the face of the earth as the only solution to guarantee long-term security of Nuer’s cattle" and activists, including Minority Rights Group International, warn of genocide in the current Jonglei conflict

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      • 12 May 2012 17:13, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

        If that what SPLA/M is doing with their peoples in the RSS, then think deeply about the wild SPLA/M what will do with others?
        The rewording of bible that in the hands of SPLA/M has approved the abduction, genocides, tortures and sexual harassment with women from other tribes.

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  • 12 May 2012 08:02, by dinkdong

    I knew it. I knew that fake peace deal won’t do anything. They have kill and they will continue to kill defendless. Shame on the government of Kuol Manyang and Salvar Kiir.

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  • 12 May 2012 08:58, by Legacy Elite

    The attackers in this one were not Murle. Murle are always being blamed by their haters. Let this bad spirit be condemned and stop accusations and counter accusations. If we continue with tribal hatred and clanism, we will all sink together. It is up to you. But peace and love should be our common goals because we are one nation.

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    • 12 May 2012 09:46, by Kurnyel

      I think the so call god of Israelis have lost control over South Sudan. It is time now to ask truly and universal almighty Allah to intervene in south Sudan so that their leaders will be a peace makers like us. Look at this kind of joke, how did in the first place did this ugly head man call kiir snaked in to the leadership.

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      • 12 May 2012 10:10, by Ruach

        KUrnyel.Don’t open your dirty mouth here.Liel muor!How can we pray your stupid Mohamed?Liel moudong!!LielBashir

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        • 12 May 2012 11:14, by codewizards

          Ruach, you are 100% right to say ’Liel Muor’ to this fake arab or slave to arabs. In the whole world, Muslims are the ones commtting suicide, hijacking planes and vehicles, looting, burning churches, rape, murder etc. How can he talk of their religion being peaceful? Muhammed himself attacked his own town of Mecca after hicoming back from Madina (North), with his army and controlled the town...

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        • 12 May 2012 17:20, by Ruach

          Your anus is itching with Arabs dicks rubbing your anus.Liel tet!

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        • 12 May 2012 17:33, by Ruach

          Legacy Ellitrate!You said 700 faced 200 men from Bor.Well,where are these guns now?Jebeni/Murle have submitted only 65 guns and ran way with the rest.Bring those guns gat-damaar to SPLA or join SPLA with your guns be given salary and taken to fight our real enemies(Jallaba)in the border.Don’t kill Lou-Nuer,Dinka,Anyuak,Kachipo and Jieh.There are many arab cattle in the border here.You can take the

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      • 12 May 2012 11:21, by codewizards

        Kurnyel, you may be a man/woman of peace but not Islam. Do you know the history of Islam? Do you know what Prophet Muhammed did in Mecca after his coming from Madina where he has been hiding from his own people? I will tell you the story of Islam my friend. Today, Muslims are fighting for God. Is that ALLAH the same GOD of Heaven and Earth or the god of the Khaba in Mecca the idol?

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    • 12 May 2012 21:35, by panom lualbil

      Leaders and spla are the sources of conflict in JONGLEI. Otherwise, this few criminals called MURLEI should have been wiped out of PIBOR in reprisal attack by nuerlou early leaving really ppl [dinka anuak & nuer] alone.I’m serious, this government who beg peace from criminals has nothing to do with live lost everyday. KUOL MANYANG and other leaders in jongle showed failure to that matter indeed.

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  • 12 May 2012 10:23, by Morthon Akol

    let me start asking the people’s in Jonglei in general. what is wrong with you? the problem in Jonglei become a headache in South Sudan.so Government can’t waste resources for non-stop violence to me the government should use the force if you kill somebody immediately you can be kill without investigation. come back the Hon. Minister of local government Mr. Gariel Duop,is that you said is not righ

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    • 12 May 2012 11:32, by codewizards

      Akol, the Church not the government must take the responsibility now to stop the bloodshed in S. Sudan. It is possible because with God, nothing is impossible. The Church is silent and I really suggest that the Church from our communities can only be the mean for peace in this nation. Why is the Church silent? What is the work of Church ministers? Make peace among your people, through action...

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    • 12 May 2012 11:33, by Emporio

      @ Morthon Akol

      you know what is the problem, the problem is you still have Thirteenth Century mentality , what kind of resources you talking about, is government spending money on jonglei conflict, i don’t think so, the lord mayor of juba only control juba, have the same mentality as yours because he doesn’t understand what is going on in jonglei as well

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  • 12 May 2012 11:07, by codewizards

    Force will not stop the tribal conflict either.
    1. You take the guns out by force, you make that/those tribe s) to be killed by the other (s.
    2. You leave them with guns, they kill each other!
    The only solution is dialogue no matter how long it will take. Also, prayer is the key to all these problems. South Sudan must repent of prostitution in Juba or we die like this!!!

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    • 12 May 2012 13:48, by Loko El Pollo

      WHAT IS HAPPENING IN JONGLEI HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH JUBA SINS.THIS BEER COMMUNITY WILL NOT STOP THEIR BABARISM.THE BEST WAY IS FOR SPLA TO TELL THEM CEASE RAIDING OR RISK FORFEITING YOUR LAND.THEY COULD EASILY BE PUSH BACK TO OROMO VALLEY WERE THEY CAME FROM.THEY ARE IN WRONG PLACE.THEIR BROTHERS IN ETHIOPIA LIVE BY THE GUNS AND THAT WHERE THEY NEED TO BE.BOR WILL DO THAT IF THIS PEACE FAIL.WE ARE

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      • 12 May 2012 14:01, by Loko El Pollo

        TIRED OF WORRYING ABOUT OUR ANIMALS.EVER SINGLE DAY YOU WORRY IF YOUR COWS WILL MAKE IT BACK HOME FROM PASTURAGES.THIS LIFE IS SO PAINFULL, HAVING TO MAKE A LIVING AND AT THE SAME TIME WARY ABOUT THE IMPENDING DOOMS.SOMETHING GOT TO CHANGE OR WE GREATER BOR WILL COMMIT A SERIOU GENOCIDE EVER WITNESED IN THIS WORLD.MARK MY WORDS.YOU DON’T KNOW WHO IAM,BUT MURLE HAD CROSSED THE REDLINE.RAIDERS DON’T

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        • 12 May 2012 14:09, by Loko El Pollo

          REVENGE WHEN SOME OF THEIR ACCOMPLICES ARE KILL DURING THE RAIDS.AS OF LATE BEER HAVE BEEN TRYING TO AVENGE THEIR LOST BROTHERS WHICH MADE SEEM LIKE THE SCHEME IS BEING COORDINATED BY THEIR BROTHERS IN AUTHORITY.ABOMINATION IS WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR,SOON THEY WILL GET IT IN ABUNDANCE.

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          • 12 May 2012 15:27, by Legacy Elite

            Aha

            You have tried last February when you was taught yet another warfare lesson.
            2000 Bor SPLA Dinka strong met 700 Murle villagers youth, and you know it in your own heart what happened in Manyabol and who ran fast like ostrig towards Mading Bor with the tails between the legs, you know it

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            • 12 May 2012 16:21, by Loko El Pollo

              YOU CALL 64 MEN FROM ABOUDIT WHO FOLLOWED THEIR STOLLEN COWS,2000 MEN.IF WE PLAN WAR WITH YOU,THE NUMBER WILL BE 10,000 TO WIPE YOU OUT FOR GOOD.KEEP MESSING AROUND WITH BORS,WE KNOW HOW YOU FIGHT,WE ARE SMART AND SHARE THE SAME BRAVERY YOU CLAIMED.PURE BOR AND MURLE HISTORY IS NOT THAT FAR APART.YOU KNOW WE HAVE THE CAPABILITY TO DESTROY YOU WITHOUT HELP FROM NUER.JUST THINK TWICE ABOUT WHERE YOU

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              • 12 May 2012 16:30, by Loko El Pollo

                WILL GO IF WE KICK YOU OUT OF THE STATE.NCP WITH SAF KNOW AS BETTER THAN YOU BUSH RATS.KEEP DREAMING,WHEN WE CALL IT WAR,EVERYBODY,ELDERS,KIDS,AND YOUTHS WILL BE KILL ALL.REMEMBER 10,000 WARRIORS IS NOT OUT OF REACH FROM GREATER BOR.CASUALITIES OR NO CASUALTIES WE WILL MAKE SURE THAT THE JOB IS DONE LIKE THE ONE OF BOR DOANG AND HIS WARRIORS.

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  • 12 May 2012 16:04, by Waucity

    What peace talk...This cool down since military was send to Jonglei to disarm...Why was peace talk brought up again, instead of just continuing with the military disarm...

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    • 12 May 2012 20:33, by panom lualbil

      Blame it to KUOL DIM who thoroughly collected weapons from civilians in BOR leaving them vulnerably when he cann’t do nothing for those criminals. Why won’t spla who rescued 32 heads cattle seized and captured atleast fews of those criminals for proof to follow-ups ?

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