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October 23, 2012 (JUBA) - The Governor of South Sudan’s Northern Bahr el Ghazal on Monday said that he will "fight" anyone who tries to take a contested area on the border with neighbouring Sudan from his state.

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General Paul Malong Awan, Governor of South Sudan’s State of Northern Bahr el Ghazal (Source: paulmalongforgovernor.org)

Governor Paul Malong Awan has been critical of September’s cooperation agreement between Sudan and South Sudan, which included the 14 Mile area in a demilitarized buffer zone between the two nations.

However, speaking to a meeting of MPs from his state on Monday Awan is reported to have said: "We must support the president. We also need to support our negotiating team but we must make it very clear that we will not accept any attempt to claim our land. We will fight the person who will take our land and the person who will give our land."

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir signed a cooperation agreement on 27 September with Sudanese President Omer Ahmed Al-Bashir on nine outstanding issues relating to South Sudan’s independence in July last year.

A key aspect of the deal was creating a demilitarized buffer zone based on a security map put forward the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) who are mediating between the two country’s, which engaged in a border conflict over another section of the disputed border in April this year.

On Tuesday South Sudan’s parliament ratified the agreement despite receiving mixed reactions including protests from MPs from Northern Bahr el Gazal State, who reject the inclusion of the Mile 14 in the demilitarized border zone between the two nations.

There have also been street protests in the capital Juba against the deal.

However, South Sudanese officials have responded that critics of the agreement, especially in regard to the status of Mile 14, do not understand the deal. The African Union, UN Security Council, as well as Juba and Khartoum, have stated that the position of buffer zone will have no bearing or prejudge any final demarcation of the 1,800-km border.

Leading government officials and civil right activists from the Dinka Malual ethnic group in Northern Bahr el Ghazal have voiced strong opposition to the deal. The critics of the deal say that Mile 14 was never mentioned in the any previous deal between Sudan and South Sudan, including the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

President Kiir and his negotiators have countered that the deal is just a temporary security arrangement.

Last week Kiir met with South Sudan’s state governors, asking them to explain the agreement in simple and comprehensible language so that citizens understand the benefits of the deal.

Northern Bahr el Ghazal was represented by Northern Bahr el Ghazal’s Deputy Governor Madut Dut Yel, who attended the meeting on behalf of Governor Paul Malong Awan who was out of the country at the time,

Since Governor Awan returned to Juba he has met Kiir twice, a presidential aide told Sudan Tribune, including a meeting on Monday.

No official statement about this meeting has been made public, though sources in the president’s office claimed the meeting discussed how the Governor could help the government educate citizens about the benefits of the cooperation agreement.

A Presidential aide told Sudan Tribune that he heard laughing from the meeting but did know what had been discussed.

Besides meeting with President, Awan held other meetings with community members and members of parliament representing the Northern Bahr el Ghazal at the national parliament in Juba. He is scheduled to hold additional meetings with youth groups before traveling back to Northern Bahr el Ghazal in the coming days.

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  • 23 October 2012 07:45, by omoni jr.

    14 miles,
    what is the really name of the land?
    It seemed that the land is No man land,because it has no name.

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    • 23 October 2012 08:11, by Aarai Baka

      To Omoni Jr
      The 14 miles is call warguet which is called kiir river(aka bar arab) governor is right for that. But some people call themselve Dinka D SPLA/M are now one that given away that area.

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      • 23 October 2012 09:12, by Raam_mi raam

        who is going to fight , Malong and his wives should try this time, No Nuer should go there , because when it comes to money Nuer are not part of the games, when war you call then

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        • 23 October 2012 13:21, by RICH ROSS-THE BOSS

          Rami....
          Wot a joke! When will u ever part urselves people from delusions. 1991 SPLM split which was championed by over 90% of Nuer was meant 2 prove that Nuer are powerful and leadership oriented people as purported by the so called prophet Ngun Deng. But the whole world saw wot happened n now knows that indoctrinated fallacy that is so stuck in the mind of most of u even those most educated.

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          • 23 October 2012 13:32, by RICH ROSS-THE BOSS

            Ngun Deng wrongly puported that a Nuer will liberate the black people of Sudan from Arabs Opression n finally will become the first leader of free black people. This was nothing better than a myth just like most other communities have their similar myths.
            The true heroes of the liberation struggle were injected with that false tribal doctrine n got swayed to wrong groups.

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            • 23 October 2012 13:44, by RICH ROSS-THE BOSS

              I still weep for innocent William Nyuon who was misled by his fellow educated men just becoz he was not educated like them and yet he, like his friend Kerabino Kwanyin, was a brave, true liberator. Both these men executed the plan by risking 2 murder many supremacist Arabs in Bor and Ayod - something a coward and a traitor wouldn’t dare try. These men signifies heroism of Black people. RIP

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        • 23 October 2012 17:10, by Madiak

          Hi who call yourself Raam_mi raam who told you that Malong is going to call your mother puck Nuer to fight for mile 14 you have your own war to fight in Upper Nile ang Junglei + Bentiu didn’t you see how are they pucked you there’ and you forgot that the rescue was from Aweil we are your savior like in civil war and we go to save u also from ur militi of Nuer’ we will fight our war alsoin mile 14

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    • 23 October 2012 14:35, by Loko El Pollo

      The message should be consider as a chit-chats,The governor is contradicting himself in what he wanted to expressed.you cannot support,the president,the negotiators and hinted at the end about your defiance.[really convoluted adress]

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    • 23 October 2012 21:58, by Sir King

      Doom to Gogrial man! He must go because he is a man of no use completely! We will remain with at least an old woman to lead us instead of Kiir Kuethpiny Mayardit. A man with nothing else but hat on his head. Shame on him.

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  • 23 October 2012 07:51, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

    It is very stupid if people don’t understand the situation why the top government agreed to such situation, and somebody need to tell this governor that there are no two president but one,
    They country is not insane divided so that any governor can fight for his region,
    Stope saying two different word at the same time, it is a shame, how could you support your president and negotiating term if

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    • 23 October 2012 12:40, by Morthon Akol

      It’s look really stupid if we don’t understand what is going on.our President and Negotiating team ate not stupid to accept the deal we can a fact the the interest of the people of South Sudan, I do really understand the feeling of the people of NBG but the governor should be the last person to say that he will fight whoever to take the land and someone give the land.

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    • 23 October 2012 14:35, by Naath

      Can you please stop debating with dinka who still alive,just call Deng Majiok who give the land araba for food.Second,I see Dinka muslim going to sudia arabi for money like deng majiok.

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  • 23 October 2012 07:59, by Aarai Baka

    I have no words to say but good job awan. 14 miles is been given away for oil. I cannot waits for 2015 to voted them out, same mistake all the times. This is April mistake when our soldiers told withdraw by same person, released pow without conditions for exchange of soldiers.

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  • 23 October 2012 08:05, by Anti Terror Anti

    ....late Dr. John Garang said in one of his speeches, that "resources and human being one will can get but land one can’t. man can be born in other man with same abilities, characters and strengths but land no". Now whoever joke in the name of NBG land will pay for it even the president himself.just a simple warning

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  • 23 October 2012 08:07, by Madina Tonj

    We people of Tonj in Warrap State are supporting you Northern Bahr al Ghzal State’s citizens. It will be foolishly Idea to withdraw SPLA 10km from Kiir Malual river this can only happen when all Northern Bahr al Ghazal citizens are not alive otherwise, it doesn’t make any sense to include areas that were not mention in the CPA.Dinka Malual and Tonj were strong during dectionalism years of SPLA

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  • 23 October 2012 08:07, by Madina Tonj

    We people of Tonj in Warrap State are supporting you Northern Bahr al Ghzal State’s citizens. It will be foolishly Idea to withdraw SPLA 10km from Kiir Malual river this can only happen when all Northern Bahr al Ghazal citizens are not alive otherwise, it doesn’t make any sense to include areas that were not mention in the CPA.Dinka Malual and Tonj were strong during dectionalism years of SPLA

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  • 23 October 2012 08:12, by Anti Terror Anti

    whoever abusing the Governor and the pple of NBGs are sons and doughters of corruptives...their simple intentions are just to loot and get oil money ASAP it open. but truely patriotics citizens can’t do that. most of u are jealou y NBGs is always peaceful all years. shame on u thugs

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  • 23 October 2012 08:12, by Madina Tonj

    Sorry for one mistake, the correction is defectionalism

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  • 23 October 2012 08:25, by Anti Terror Anti

    FYI alot of thing were foretold.one of them is this ..don’t let yourself be blind fall because of money. for somebody who can see and reason from seeing can simply support governor Awan. all our borders and land are all looted be all bordering nations......if leaders of the land accept bribing and persuade in this issue, then it will be ever cursed even in heaven

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  • 23 October 2012 08:45, by NO PEACE

    Very good,very good Governor please go head you got the idea of your people.

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  • 23 October 2012 08:52, by yohanes

    Dinka money minded aka Dink d splm/spla, for ur info u are adding fuel into the fire, the way kiir and his likes r leading SS will not bring peace to Sudans and Bahr el gazal in particular. We’ll never ever except our land to be exchanged with oil money or Abyei, this is the land that we took to war for n whoever insist on selling it out will fail / regret the day he joined politics.

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  • 23 October 2012 09:04, by Dumez Davis

    My fellow country men and women, believe me or not our major problem is South Sudan is ignorance. Please take time and read the cooperation deal signed with Sudan before giving wrong interpretation to the public.
    The mile 14 agreement with Sudan is just to subdue the South Sudan –Sudan cross border conflict but not meaning giving the land to Sudan. This is not border demarcation, Ok? Are we people

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    • 23 October 2012 09:34, by Lokorai

      We have read the text, don’t mislead. Mile 14 has now becomes a disputed land out of the blue, and that is where the problem lies. Demarcation of the Border will not include disputed lands, understand
      Lokorai

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    • 23 October 2012 09:36, by Lokorai

      We have read the text, don’t mislead. Mile 14 has now becomes a disputed land out of the blue, and that is where the problem lies. Demarcation of the Border will not include disputed lands, understand
      Lokorai

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    • 23 October 2012 10:26, by Muoranyar

      People we should learn manners, we all know the problems but discipline counts much, for instance abusive words will never bring any tangible progress to south Sudan but messes, i realized some people here come on this site to satisfy their thirty of hatred of others, that’s why you see people abusing themselves like prostitutes on the street, i beg can we change the attitudes at this very critica

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      • 23 October 2012 11:57, by Muoranyar

        cont: at this very critical moment which needs us to come together and develop it.

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  • 23 October 2012 09:07, by Dumez Davis

    Are we people not tired of war?
    Let me tell you, without Sudan, South Sudan will never get develop because we have common bond with Sudan and all our economic viability is linked to the Sudan. Not East Africa, America or Europe.
    Please think wise before acting.
    Thanks,
    Yrs Dumez

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    • 23 October 2012 10:24, by Hardball

      Davis,
      The article is about a governor not giving up any centimeter of his land. What does this has to do with which country depend on which? If you want us to argue on this point; then you cannot tell us, who we can choose to have any economic cooperation. We have the choice to choose any country we want to for any business.

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  • 23 October 2012 09:32, by Machartuong

    Mile 14 is not a state of its own. It does not have one name like Magos. It contains several towns: Waraguet, Gongmachar, Jac, etc. Call it "Mid-North NBG" if you want one name and call north of Kiir River "Far-North NBG". All these towns and their associated villages are inhabited by Dinka Malual who are prepared to fight forever for their land. Every child is informed long before they can talk.

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  • 23 October 2012 09:34, by Tutbol

    Mr. Dumez.
    For over fifty years, we were part of the united, not even with a border seperating the us. And you know what? S Sudan remained the most glaring example of development failure in the world to date. So your theory of staying interlink with the North Sudan would usher in a fast development benefits to our people don’t hold water chap. Another theory please?

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  • 23 October 2012 09:40, by Tutbol

    Mr. Dumez.
    For over fifty years, we were part of the united, not even with a border seperating us with the North. And you know what? S Sudan remained the most glaring example of development failure in the world to date. So your theory of staying interlink with the North Sudan would usher in a fast development benefits to our people don’t hold water chap. Another theory please?

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  • 23 October 2012 09:42, by Machartuong

    Dumez Davis,
    I suppose you can never ever agree to let someone you owe money marry your wife temporarily. Let him have her for just three years! It is temporary. Do you understand? This raging furor originated from a few unthinkable (just being nice, benevolent and British) hours of British Governors’ meeting. Imagine what Kiir-Bashir’s Addis Ababa meeting will create if Mading Aweil says yes.

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    • 23 October 2012 10:19, by Lumöri Ko Namurye

      If the governor really is seriuos to what he stands for, I see no reason why we as Sudanese should sit here and waste time challenging ourselves whatz the name of this and that landd. I believe it should be our duty to stand by governor Molong and be ready to sucrifise ourselves for what belongs to us.
      Yet I know that governor Molong has been to generous only to request 14 miles.

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      • 23 October 2012 14:55, by Tom D

        It’s governor’s right to declare war against those who will claim his land and those who wishes to offer this to N Sudan for self interest, instead of defending it from the enemy. The God who created this land for us will funish them severely

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  • 23 October 2012 10:27, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    Mr.Paul Malong Awan, although you are wrong in other things, I believe this time you are completly right on this issue of 14 miles, which was given by feign Salva Kiir Miyardit to the North. I don’t know for sure why Salva Kiir Miyardit do that? I don’t think whether Salva Kiir is aware of the problem which is facing the Southerners. Salva Kiir must be shame. He is a weak leader forever.

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  • 23 October 2012 10:30, by Lumöri Ko Namurye

    The real mistake started when our false leaders chicken off from the Humar al Bashir and the Co. I used to have intimate respect for our so-called leaders S.Kiir and the co. But now I am beginning to doubt their quality as leaders. I am sure if Humar al Bashir claimed the whole of Upper Nile & Bahr al Gazahl they would succumb and withdraw to Equatoria. If the Humar persists and claim Equa

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  • 23 October 2012 10:35, by Lumöri Ko Namurye

    if the Humar went on to claim Equatoria, they would succumb and withdraw to Uganda or Kenya where they´ve kept the stollen monies. We are not being ruled by real leaders. Any person who is being controlled by the Humar ein´t no leader at all. Humar doesn´t have any place to step on in the Sudan leave alone the South. Unfortunately, I always see him gerlanded with our precious Ostrch feathe

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  • 23 October 2012 11:00, by Dumez Davis

    Friends,
    the issue is, we cannot solve problem by fighting or inciting of vulgar words but by peaceful manner as we are enjoying the fruit of CPA today. Not by bullet and wrestling but through table negotiation where dignity prevailed.

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  • 23 October 2012 12:03, by Ram mi Ran

    Brvo Awan
    I strongely agree with you to fight who want to take and who want to give keep. it up don’t be bribe by that foolish kirr.

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  • 23 October 2012 12:23, by panchol

    demilitarised buffer zone should be establish somewhere in the Northern part of River Kiir, otherwise this will take the whole South back to war.

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    • 23 October 2012 14:02, by Luethee Ngong Anyoun

      Hi , Governor. i think all the sitizens of NBeG are behind you what ever it may cost us to settle in beyond Kiir River as we know our places since our ancestors and grand fathers .
      Dear Governor , my advise is this our sitizen should stay on the other side of Kiir River with arms and make their own tukuls with out fear or what so ever from international community or cooperation agreement .

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  • 23 October 2012 12:40, by Tutbol

    Mr. Dumez Davis.
    You’re right, all wars starting from ancient time were or are not solve by wars, but peaceful solution. Even ancient Sudanese were so adept in resolving their own disputes; our young nation is bless with these conflict resolutions machanics. But we always resort to refering our responsibilities to other nations we consider ’re superior than us in resolving our S Sudanese affairs.

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    • 23 October 2012 12:54, by PANTEM

      we are in full control of m14 is not given away it might be language problem ,I think.demiltarised zone is 10 km which means army personals but police forces wil be there.

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      • 23 October 2012 14:36, by Makunon

        Mocking all community of the State of language barrier and make confused comment indicated a clear position that even those talking does not understood the nature of cooperation agreement.Statement that "we r in full control of mile 14 and I think demilitarized zone is 10km which means army personnel but police forces will be there" Demilitarized zone alone means without guns except UN.

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        • 23 October 2012 14:46, by Makunon

          The mistaken agreement made by our elders in 1947 that we need to remain with our brothers in North and let British to leave has cost thousands of lives and shall not be repeated again. Mile 14 is counted disputed area and not with the consent of Governor or any one in NBG.and we support.

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      • 23 October 2012 15:32, by Takpiny

        That is a good language Mr Awan . the seller and buyer both are enemies of the NBGs people,they should be resisted when they materialise their business.
        Although you shared Kiir regime on corruption, you didn’t back up the president Kiir to ransom the 14 mile for oil and that is a big credit for you keep on.

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  • 23 October 2012 14:25, by Tutbol

    Thank a lot Pantem to clearify that. Thamks.

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  • 23 October 2012 14:52, by malualbuothanyar

    Bravoo Paul Malong, we the citizens of NBGS are indeed ready to confront those trying to compromise our land for oil resumption, mile 14 had never and will never and ever exist, if salva want he should create one in his home town of Akon.

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    • 23 October 2012 15:50, by Ruach

      Awan:I will help you fight with any one selling our lands!

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  • 23 October 2012 15:45, by Nan dit

    Warning! if you are not from NBG, keep your fucken mouth short. You ask governor who will fight,that is silly question. We liberated your States, leave us alone we will depend our land. We shall never ask any coward to come and fight for this land. Governor Malong will never walk alone.

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    • 23 October 2012 16:23, by Lumöri Ko Namurye

      Hello MS Nan dit,
      Please stay out of this discussion. This is a typical Sudanese Issue not for those who don´t know where they came from. Your pretence being a South Sudanese can be easily detected.

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      • 23 October 2012 22:10, by Nan dit

        Lumori, call me mr. Nan. Second to it, i was born and grew up here in one of the village in NBG-Aweil. Where you can’t find Acholi and Luo coming from Uganda and claim to be a citizen. If i tell you my really names, you will never pronounce them the way my people call me. Thank for your comment.

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        • 24 October 2012 15:40, by Lumöri Ko Namurye

          Ok. mr. Nan if it pleases you so. I still will insist you are not a south Sudanese. The nature of your argument is of someone who only hard about the history of South Sudanese. Besides I don´t have problem if any Acholi claimed to be a Sudanese compared to you.

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  • 23 October 2012 17:20, by Monyjang

    bravo governor Awan we are all with you.this is the land we fought for.

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  • 24 October 2012 00:17, by Kenyang

    Not a big fan of Gov. Malong but on this, all patriots and all South Sudanese will join him in resisting giving away part of South Sudan. Oil belongs to South Sudan, why even compromising an inch of South Sudan to Khartoum’s NiF? Of course, Gov. Malong is unlikely to keep his words- mark my word. They all do so they can keep their jobs. Pagan Amum inked such agreement in hope to secure his job.

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  • 24 October 2012 07:38, by allan

    this war is for us any son of great bhar el ghazal will fight this of 14 mile we are not invite anyone to fight for us , so who ever comment here u need to shut ur fucking mouth n sit back n watch us
    who doesnt know paul malong is great worrior since day one

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    • 25 October 2012 10:40, by Lumöri Ko Namurye

      and the next time we take on you, inocent Israel will be the scape goat. You guys need serious lessons from your camels.

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  • 24 October 2012 11:22, by Guandong

    Mr.President, why do u arrest Nuer Generals while u leave Paul Manong aside who is declaring the war against anyone who signed the agrement of miles 14? he declared the war to both the land giver n reciever or u want to construe that u are not involved? u arresr Nuer n leave ur ppl. shame on ur foolish govnt.

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