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Over 500 SPLA widows complain of ill-treatment

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By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

May 30, 2012 (BENTIU) - Over 500 women whose husbands have been killed during South Sudan’s border war with Sudan accused the army of not paying them the full amount of compensation that they are due and called Wednesday for more government and international assistance.

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Group of widower sitting under tree listening to MPs address 30 May 2012 (Bonifacio Taban/ST)

The comments were made when Unity State’s Minister of Social Development, the Director of the South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner (SSRRC), William Kuol Geng, and local MPs visited 521 women and their small children at a military hospital in Rubkotna County.

According to Unity State authorities, the women lost their husbands in the recent fighting between the Sudan Army Forces (SAF) and the South Sudan army (SPLA) over the disputed oil region of Panthou/Heglig. Some of the women lost their husbands in fighting over Jaw/Jau, another disputed area along the oil-rich and largely undemarcated north-south border.

The biggest challenges the women face is lack of many from failure to receive the salaries or compensation from the death of the their husbands and concern that they will be unable to return to their areas of origin.

However, the government has made it clear that military widows will receive a one-off payment worth six months of their husbands salary. However, some of the women accuse militarily officers of misappropriating the money.

Jacklin Maracholi Wani who lost her husband in the recent clashes said she was worried about the future of her children. After the death of her husband the government has only paid her one third of the compensation she was due.

"Someone is eating the money", she said, appealing for the government to help her travel to Eastern Equatoria State where she has family.

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Old women whose sons were killed in fighting listening for ward of encouragement from from Minister and MPs 30 May 2012 (Bonifacio Taban/ST)

Elizabeth Nyakai Gatluak a woman from Payinjiar County of Unity State told Sudan Tribune that she lost a son in Heglig/Panthou war but had not cried as he was defending the young country.

South Sudan occupied the Heglig/Panthou for ten days in response, Juba says, to repeated SAF attacks on Unity State. She called on the government to support the education of her son’s children.

Nyagai Ruei, whose two sons were killed in the Heglig/Panthou fighting, said she was tired of trying to get support from the government.

“I have lost two young men in Heglig or Panthou clashes, I’m bored talking with government since then I lost my two sons without [a] single [bit of] help”.

Unity State’s Minister of Social Development, Rebecca Kur Nyakai, said that she is collaborating with South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC) to ask international organisations to support the vulnerable women.

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State Minister of Social developent Mrs Rebecca Kur Nyakai holding hand of children whose father die in fighting in SPLA barrack in Rubkotna 30 May 2012 (Bonifacio Taban/ST)

“I’m urging our people outside and international organisations to come and assess these groups needs”, Nyakai added.

Nyakai added, they are working on fundraising in order for them to be moved to their respective states, but she said those who are wanted to remain in Unity State would be allocated land to start a life in Unity State.

SSRRC Director, William Kuol Geng, says his teams are working to register the "vulnerable women and children" in order for them to receive humanitarian aid from agencies like the United Nations.

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  • 31 May 2012 06:58, by SEE ME

    These are just few of the outcomes that SPLA/M brought to SOUTHERNERS.
    FAMINE, CHRONIC DISEASES, IDPs,... will cover the whole SOUTH SUDAN. In addition to MURLE.

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    • 31 May 2012 07:01, by SEE ME

      ill-treatment of southerners by SPLA/M is very common and well planned based on blind tribalism and instructions by JEWS

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      • 31 May 2012 07:03, by SEE ME

        SPLA/M may decide to get rid of all of them if ask for their rights again and again openly

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        • 31 May 2012 09:56, by Mapuor

          Dear See Me

          SPLA is now dominated by illiterates fom Nuers and Dinkas of Aweil and Gogrial.Those illiterates know only how to loot.Most intellectuals who fought the war were mainly from Bor and Lakes,these officers are removed from the SPLA deliberately.Those women will cry and cry and nobody will listen to them.

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          • 31 May 2012 11:55, by SEE ME

            Mapuor

            DINKA BOR are better in education and are open minded southerners like the great African Hero Dr. Garang who killed by KIR’s group that were instructed by JEWS of USA.

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            • 31 May 2012 18:05, by DeltaBravo

              TO SEEME

              YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT THE SPLM/A, YOU ARE JALLABA WHO WANT TO BRING DIVISION AMONG OURSELVES. DR.JOHN GARANG IS LOVE BY BHAR EL GHAZAL MORE THEN ANY REGION IN SOUTH SUDAN EVERYONE IN SOUTH SUDAN KNOW THAT.

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          • 31 May 2012 13:54, by DeltaBravo

            TO MAPOUR

            STOP USING AWEIL IN THIS CORRUPTION. WE AWEILAIN LOST MORE PEOPLE THEN BOR AND LAKE YOU ARE TELLING ME. I MYSELF LOST MY THREE BROTHERS FROM MURMUR BATTAION IN JUKO AND KURMUK BACK IN 80S AND FATHER IN 89 DURING THE FALL OF TORIT AND GIELA. HE WAS FROM MINGLE BATTALION. WE YOU MENTION AWEIL AS CORRUPTED PEOPLE IT MAKE ME SICK TO MY STOMACH.

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      • 31 May 2012 13:49, by Thorbanat

        SEE ME,
        This fora is not xenophobia therefore, leave Jews alone. Why can’t you contribute something positive sometime like Jalaby. There is no different between you and them because you are ones of them. You are a poor hardliner and guilty by association islamist.

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    • 31 May 2012 07:02, by Deng

      Mr. See me,
      How many times did i tell you that you should come and see me? come suck my big cock and drink my water before you start writing your bullshit on this forum.

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      • 31 May 2012 07:07, by SEE ME

        Deng

        Most of SOUTHERN SUDANESE here in this website are very fluent in using bad, impolite, irrespectable, street women language and even behavior of bad boys.

        Is this what the universities and training centers in SOUTH SUDAN are developing the peoples there with it?

        I HOPE THIS REPETITION WILL MAKE THE UNCHANGEABLE WILL CHANGE and act like HUMAN BEINGS.

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        • 31 May 2012 07:38, by South South

          See Me,

          You used again language of losers. Arabs are losers. Look what Israel did to them. I know jobless people sit under computer to waste their time.

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          • 31 May 2012 08:00, by Northern Sudanese

            South South

            you mean yourself XD

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            • 31 May 2012 08:43, by South South

              Northern Sudanese,

              You are very useless guy. I do not need to say more because it will be wasting of my time.

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          • 31 May 2012 08:14, by SEE ME

            South South

            Alhumdu lil ALLAH in MY field i have equipment even better than the GOS and forget about your RSS.

            Iam well of with no help from SUDAN or others. I have built myself by myself.

            Refer to most JEWS in USA and ask them about HEZBALLA did for them in 2006 in ISRAEL.

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            • 31 May 2012 08:50, by South South

              See Me,

              You brought in again your Allah and Mohammed. We are not talking about terrorism here. Please keep it for your self. " HEZBALLA". I think it is called HEZB DEVIL. Don’t you agree with me. Israel is a real husband of Arab, don’t agree with me.

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              • 31 May 2012 12:03, by SEE ME

                SOUTH SOUTH:
                is professional as night woman

                Most of SOUTHERN SUDANESE here in this website are very fluent in using bad, impolite, irrespectable, street women language and even behavior of bad boys.

                Is this what the universities and training centers in SOUTH SUDAN are developing the peoples there with it?

                I HOPE THIS REPETITION WILL MAKE THE UNCHANGEABLE WILL CHANGE and act like HUMAN BEINGS.

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      • 31 May 2012 11:34, by Sudani+

        Deng,
        I told you that you are a useless guy! and not a respectable guy.
        you brain is full of garbage and hatred. Instead of repeating this rubbish, ask SPLM to take care of its citizens and stop leading them into more gloomy future full of desperation, poverty and hunger. Ask SPLM to focus on developing their country rather than loot and open new era of war and miseries.
        To ST please do not allow

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      • 31 May 2012 13:53, by okucu pa lotinokwan

        Their right should be given,that is the entittle of their late Husbands,any one igronant or eaten the money for these inocent women,should be curse of and got his or her punishment immediately.

        OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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    • 31 May 2012 07:15, by Ayom Ayom

      Mothers/Women/Sisters,
      You are the great mothers of Nations, The government of South Sudan will fully support you, your husband and sons did not die in vain.

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    • 31 May 2012 07:24, by Bentiu CAPTAIN

      SEE ME!

      Death does not matter to us , we will fight to the single SPLA soldier, Dr. Garang has died and we our ready to die like him in defence of this country[SOUTH SUDAN]. Death is not a limitation to our movement ahead as South Sudanese!!!

      SPLA OYEE!!!!

      God bless South Sudan!!!

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      • 31 May 2012 11:42, by Sudani+

        CAPTAIN,
        We feel sorry for these poor women. But the blame is on the SPLM who are waging ware for no purpose!
        sure no one will take care of these poor women
        You are saying what you said because you are not in the war filed and enjoying your life a broad (US, Europe, Australia) in addition to many of the SPLM families!

        Garang was killed by corrupted SPLM leader and supported by CIA and Ugand

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      • 31 May 2012 12:15, by SEE ME

        Bentiu CAPTAIN

        PLS and PLS refer to what was been posted here by your southerners.

        They were very happy and informed the IC that they killed most of SAF and MESEERIA at HEGLIG.

        MESSRIA will fight to the single tribe child and old woman

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      • 1 June 2012 22:58, by Mohamed

        John Garang was killed by Musevini. Why don’t you get his revenge.
        If it was our president who was killed by Musevini we would be smoking shisha in Kampalla right now.
        Wake up to reality Southern brothers . You are no more than tools in a bigger world picture. Nobody really cares about you. You must care for yourselves.

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  • 31 May 2012 07:07, by Ayom Dor

    They should not present their rights thru such channels of media outlets because their men died for the right course and it is upto the_ minstry of defence to resettle their claims! Those Martyrs r our true Heroes who died in defending the nation!!

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  • 31 May 2012 07:15, by Madina Tonj

    Bonifacio Taban Kuich

    Such a thing shouldn’t be air if you were not stupid journalist, this was to be between governor,SPLA Minister defense, chief of staff, president and vp on how to solve this problem. I wish you should be fired for airing such statement unless the media are not supporting SPLA. Every child and every woman lost love one will not be turn off on benetifits they need.

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  • 31 May 2012 07:24, by Nasreldin

    We r very sad for your loss .. we know alot of them blindly guided to death .. your stupid government must not take this stupid decision again!! .. otherwise, more widows will suffer .. take care

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  • 31 May 2012 07:25, by viper

    Very great shame on the government of the cowboy which allocates six months salaries to our fallen Heroes families. What does this six month salaries mean? Does it mean that they will be used for sending their kids to schools or for feeding? It means that you die in action in the SPLA and your child die after you. What a big shame on the cowboy and the SPLM!

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    • 31 May 2012 07:35, by viper

      Does Kiir really cares about his soldiers like Dr garang? Oh my God, our gallant army is being led down by Kiir and his SPLM mafias. Six month salaries is not enough to our warriors. They deserve twenty thousand ssp so that their widows may establish a family after their husbands. Six month salaries is an insult to our fallen heroes and their families. Kiir is just a sheep leading the lions. He i

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  • 31 May 2012 07:33, by Northern Sudanese

    poor women...........their husbands and sons died for nothing........the government is to corrupted........the money won’t come........salva is putting it all in his pocket........i have watched a documentary about salva that he won’t be able to pay salaries of soldiers

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lwY9fwNlAo&feature=my_liked_videos&list=LL2iKEtJHxmKnnz5uF10axyA

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    • 31 May 2012 07:55, by South South

      Northern Sudanese,

      Why don’t you shut up with laundry in your head. Arabs are losers in the world and South Sudan will do to you more than what Isreal did to Arabs. We are waste than Isreal.

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      • 31 May 2012 07:59, by Northern Sudanese

        South South

        South Sudan looks more to a Congo than an Israel XD

        keep in mind that you will never become an israel........Israelis have brains, you lack brains

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        • 31 May 2012 08:57, by South South

          Northern Sudanese,

          Perfect. You said it all. "Israelis have brains". I can see your point here. Arabs with 5000 years of civilization but they still look live Penguins with laundry in their head and that why Israel is kicking them out everywhere. South Sudan is your Israel in Africa.

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          • 31 May 2012 11:54, by Sudani+

            South South,
            Live up to the expectations of SS people. Zy r fade-up of war, they want peace!

            U R so fund of Israel! they mean nothing to us than enemy, we are sure in the near future we will destroy them and erase their country form the world map! this is very very sure.
            Better you focus in your country than worshiping Israel.
            have you read the news about who they are treating Africans nowadays?

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            • 31 May 2012 23:30, by South South

              Sudani*,

              It is OK to dream with something, nothing is bad about that. Israel is a husband of Arabs, they can enter into any Arab country if they want. Let alone for you Arab to defeat them. You will be waiting forever. Enjoy your waiting my friend

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          • 31 May 2012 17:03, by Northern Sudanese

            South South

            South Sudan is to hungry to become an Israel......It is more a Congo........it should be called, The Congo of east africa.........

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            • 31 May 2012 23:35, by South South

              Northern Sudanese,

              Please fix your mind and speak like people. Israel is the husband of Arabs. South Sudan is with Israel to kick you out from Sudan. Now, you repeat this statement more than one time "The Congo of East Africa". We people of South Sudan never hide our color and the all world know that. Unlike you, fake back Arab of Sudan.

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  • 31 May 2012 07:36, by Legacy Elite

    The media must not support any group, it should just report the facts as they are. If SPLA kill people and eat widows’ money or pape women in Murleland, all these ugly crimes must be reported clearly so that all over the world people will know the reality of SPLA tribalism gangs robbers

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    • 31 May 2012 07:42, by Legacy Elite

      I mean the SPLA Dinka rape women and kill Murle youth on orders from Salva Kiir and Kuol Manyang to shoot to kill any Murle. These crimials, Salva Kiir and Riek Machar must face justice for their war crimes in Murleland. Manyang must be apprehanded in Dinkaborland itself

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    • 31 May 2012 07:43, by Legacy Elite

      I mean the SPLA Dinka rape women and kill Murle youth on orders from Salva Kiir and Kuol Manyang to shoot to kill any Murle. These crimials, Salva Kiir and Riek Machar must face justice for their war crimes in Murleland. Manyang must be apprehanded in Dinkaborland itself

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      • 31 May 2012 08:03, by viper

        Legacy Elites,,, why not comment like a grown up man and an intellectual now? What brought this blind tribalism here now when we, the patriots are crying for the little six month salaries being paid to our fallen heroes by kiir and his SPLM mafias? Are you really mentally okay? Are you really with us or with our enemy? Take this tribalism away from here my friend. Let the patriots talk please an

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        • 31 May 2012 08:10, by Legacy Elite

          I am mentioning these facts here because such crimes should not be associated with SPLA. If SPLA is for all freedom fighters who respect God, humanity and law, then such crimes should be done by jalaba only but not by our own SPLA brothers and fellow South Sudanese

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        • 31 May 2012 08:37, by SEE ME

          viper

          FACTS are FACTS so don’t be agitated and get heart attack.

          Try to be good listener and concentrate to find fair solutions for them

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  • 31 May 2012 08:40, by Eastern

    Let’s not choose to tread the path of war.Look at how this young children will grow without fathers to look after them.War cuts life when it is at its sweetest epoch. It robs nations of young and agile bodies. We’ve seen recent examples between Ethiopia and Eritrea. Let’s not follow that path; it’s thorny - deadly!!!

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  • 31 May 2012 08:41, by Northern Sudanese

    look where the cowboy is leading his country............

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  • 31 May 2012 08:54, by Tata

    Bonifacio Taban,
    Is it true that more than 500 SPLA soldiers killed during the border conflict with Sudan? Or this is a cheap politic for food aid? Are you telling the public and th world that SAF killed a whole battalion of SPLA? The stupid politics of stomach that gathers women and call them widows must be stopped for good. If you talk of 100-200 it may be reasonable, & not over 500 or battaliio

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    • 31 May 2012 09:05, by Tata

      Such portraits undress us naked before this stupid people of North Sudan. Widows whose husbands killed are asking for compensation. What about the old women, mothers? Are them asking for compensation too? So, the Gov will give compensation to both widows and mothers? Look here!How do you jsutify this call for compensation by both widows and mothers? These women, widows or mothers just need food.

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      • 31 May 2012 12:01, by Sudani+

        Tata,
        They are not only 500!
        There are more than 1200 SPLA soldiers killed! this is the reality that you should face.
        War will only bring such miseries and death!
        ask SPLM to stop sending poor people to war while sparing their families and beloved one in USA, Europe and Australia!
        Wake up guys in the SS.

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    • 31 May 2012 10:24, by Darkangel

      OVER 500 WIDOWS

      THEN BASHIRS CLAIMS OF 1200 DEAD SPLA WAS NO JOKE.

      500 MARRIED SPLA KILLED
      500 UNMARRIED SPLA KILLED
      200 SPLM-N/JEM/SLA - NO ONE CARES ABOUT - DEAD

      MAYBE YOU SHOULD THINK TWICE NEXT TIME YOU ATTACK SUDAN OR ALL OF SOUTH SUDAN WOMEN WILL BE WIDOWS.

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      • 31 May 2012 14:08, by DeltaBravo

        THE ARTICLE SAY THE RECENT AND DURING THE CIVIL WAR WIDIWS. GO AND READ FIRST BEFORE YOU GET EXCITE ABOUT PEOPLE WHO WHERE KILLED BY BASHIR AND HE WILL PAY FOR IT IN THE FUTURE. IT IS COMBINE OF THE PREVIOUS CIVIL WAR AND RECENT.

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  • 31 May 2012 09:35, by pabaak

    Northern, and SeeMe, are you also talking like people who have dignity for your people? your all criminals are banned to enter into world affairs, your intention of killing innocents people in South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfor is known over the world, don’t claim you have something to proud of, you don’t even know your identity, is it Arabs or African, you’re a lost creature. when we speak

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    • 31 May 2012 09:43, by pabaak

      to our government you just shut off. We are not blindly critic ,we expressed our opinion to change the situation of heroes families, and we believe that a democratic country has to critics its government in order to do more,which something lacking in Sudanese government.

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  • 31 May 2012 10:06, by Mapuor

    HAA Bilpam,all logisticians,Finance people,administrators commanding officers have nice cars,nice buildings,many concubines and their comrades dying in the field leaving their families in limbo.Did South Sudanese fight to treat themselves this way.What does selling of SPLA food away really mean when wives of matyres with their children are suffering?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 31 May 2012 10:23, by Darkangel

      OVER 500 WIDOWS

      THEN BASHIRS CLAIMS OF 1200 DEAD SPLA WAS NO JOKE.

      500 MARRIED SPLA KILLED
      500 UNMARRIED SPLA KILLED
      200 SPLM-N/JEM/SLA - NO ONE CARES ABOUT - DEAD

      MAYBE YOU SHOULD THINK TWICE NEXT TIME YOU ATTACK SUDAN OR ALL OF SOUTH SUDAN WOMEN WILL BE WIDOWS.

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  • 31 May 2012 12:00, by Mabior Dhongbang

    To you all who are commenting here ,should be just asking God deep in your mind for the dead ,and widows ,not to laugh ,as some of you are doing on this web ,God is great it may happen to you one day, though some of you are living in heaven as you thinks ,no matter who died may be your enemy ,but no body have ever laugh at a dead person ,or person suffering ,those ill characters of you all.

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    • 31 May 2012 12:09, by SEE ME

      Mabior Dhongbang

      With grief and sorrow for those innocents.

      But KIR and SPLA/M are enjoying their drinks.

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      • 1 June 2012 00:32, by allan

        I feel sorry to all thoes women i wish i know them name by name so i can give my help to em may God rest their son and huband in peace

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    • 26 June 2012 16:43, by Northern Sudanese

      Mabior Dhongbang

      i know its a late reply but whenever you read this, you must know that i apologize for calling those dead SPLA soldiers insects.......

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