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November 8, 2012 (RUMBEK) - Inter-communal violence has killed 12 people and wounded 23 in Rumbek Central County in Lakes State after fighting broke out on Tuesday in a cattle camp 34km north-east of the state capital, according to a local official.

Lakes State Minister for Local Government and Law Enforcement, Benjiman Makuer Mabor, told Sudan Tribune that the conflict is alleged to have begun when young men from the Panyon and Amothnhon communities of the Dinka ethnic group, exchanged verbal insults.

The government of Lakes State’s response has been to deploy heavily armed police and military patrols to the area in and around the Luak-Makuer Gol cattle camp.

Maker Ater, one of the cattle-herding youth who took part in the violence, which began on Tuesday morning told Sudan Tribune that the "situation is very bad" adding that he had seen "many people being killed in Luak-Makuer Gol".

He said that the police and military fired heavy machine guns "across the row of youth fighting."

Lakes State’s government instructed police to bring wounded persons to local medical facility in Rumbek but since the fighting began access to the Lakes State Hospital has been restricted so Sudan Tribune was unable to speak to those who had been shot.

The Minister of Local Government and Law Enforcement visited the area with Rumbek Central Commissioner Abraham Mayen Kuc to gather information and try to prevent further violence at the cattle camp.

Lakes State Governor Chol Tong Mayay called upon people to stay calm and to identify those who participated in the clashes so they can be prosecuted.

“I need everyone to stay in peace from both [the] communities fighting each another. Let [us] have peace in us. Time for aggressive attitude[s] are over and this is time for making peace” said Governor Chol.

He also added that there was "no need to fight" as Lakes State belongs to all citizens, urging youth to engage in dialogue to resolve disputes.

This is the first violence in Luak-Makuer Gol cattle camp since South Sudan gained independence on 9 January 2011. Lakes State has a history of inter-communal violence, with politicians from the fighting communities suspected by many to be behind the conflicts.

Recently, South Sudan’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in Lakes State has been at odds with itself rejecting the appointment of Mabor Ater Dhuo to replace the party’s previous Chairperson Samuel Mathiang Keer. Both men are from Rumbek Central County, the scene of Tuesday’s fighting.

Governor Gai and members of his cabinet are engaged in preaching peace to youth in the state. A civilian disarmament campaign has attempted to take arms away from cattle herders with mixed success.

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  • 9 November 2012 07:41, by George Bol

    Lake State citizens, you need to wait for external conflict instead of you fighting yourself.

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    • 9 November 2012 07:48, by Mi diit

      Swiftly deploy the SPLA to disarm all those youth. Lakes state in general should be disarmed again. Deploy a courageous skillful general to carry out the disarmament there.

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    • 9 November 2012 07:51, by Dinkawarrior

      Not only those who were involved in fighting but also the politicians whom were the cause of violence. The GoSS needs to be seriously on enforcing the laws to all level of government bodies, to all the communities, and individual. This is a very stupid idea to those who shamefully believed to be educated but are dumbasses in decission making.

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      • 9 November 2012 10:00, by Frak Cho

        More than 12 people might have died.
        Politicians always lie. Having accepted 12 lives lost means more are dead. Only youth this communities need to think twice!!

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  • 9 November 2012 07:43, by Mi diit

    Indiscipline in youth can result to deaths in some chaotic communities. How can mere insults between youth of the same community result to the death of 12 people, many injured and displaced?

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    • 9 November 2012 09:52, by South Dengjok

      Dear Me,
      Shame on uncivilized Dinka that ain,t understand and will not learn the change of the world,it is really and obvious that killing of ur selves will never end cuze ur heart is only stealing and begging which will result as rigging if the owner of properties refuse,all south Sudanese know that u are the rubbery of the south Sudan and ur town people even ur Big dog are all hacker or THEFT

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      • 9 November 2012 23:40, by Obach Othou

        @South Dengjok,
        The Madi’s fought with Acholi’s last year along Juba-Nimule roads are the Dinkas? also Luo Nuer and Murle last year are they also Dinkas? learn how to writes in the public websites not baseless statements full lies. ask your brother who’s serving in National Security Service if you don’t know all this informations or come back from Australia to South Sudan you boy.

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        • 10 November 2012 23:20, by Arakataa

          Do nt abuse yourself guyz.it is bad since wedsite was nt belong to us.

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    • 9 November 2012 18:53, by Rommel

      Mi diit:
      Are you suffering from some kind of amnesia!? Do you realize just how ridiculous your moralizing sounds!? I’m sure you’re well aware of the fact that the Lou & Jikany Nuer were engaged in intermittent conflict with each other from 1993 to 2009; this conflict resulted in the deaths of over 2000 people — in the 90s alone.

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      • 9 November 2012 19:17, by Ruach

        Romel.What unendless conflicts in Rumbek and Warrap since the beginning of the earth? Your 2000 figure is not true and ended in 1999.

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        • 9 November 2012 20:06, by Rommel

          Ruach:
          Ah, so the Lou and Jikany Nuer didn’t kill hundreds of their own innocent women and children in 2009!? All those reports of women and children being surrounded and subsequently killed in cold blood at the riverside are all just figments of my imagination, are they!?

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          • 9 November 2012 20:17, by Rommel

            You all very well know that throughout the early part of 1994 there were clashes between the Lou of Waat and the Jikany of Nasir, that led to the destruction of Ulang and Nasir and the deaths of over 1,200 people. The only reason you people are responding to this incident is to mock and malign the Dinka and to present this roseate, unrealistic and laughable picture of your own society.

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            • 9 November 2012 20:28, by Rommel

              Tell me of a Nuer area that has maintained a comparable level of internal harmony, cooperation and peace with itself as well as maintaining peace with all its surrounding neighbors, just as Northern Bahr el Ghazal has consistently been able to do for decades on end. And don’t you dare mention the Rizegat... that was war against an aggressor!

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        • 10 November 2012 09:13, by Badi Malawi

          Ruach,
          don,t talk about warrap ,it is the most civilize state among ten states,

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  • 9 November 2012 07:50, by Dinkawarrior

    Not only those who were involved in fighting but also the politicians whom were the cause of violence. The GoSS needs to be seriously on enforcing the laws to all level of government bodies, to all the communities, and individual. This is a very stupid idea to those who shamefully believed to be educated but are dumbasses in decission making.

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    • 9 November 2012 08:12, by Ruach

      Dinka Warrior.That is a stupid fight you like to participate in! Who are you saying is the main enemy? Nuer? Arabs? You are so idiot!

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      • 9 November 2012 08:41, by Dinkawarrior

        Ruach
        You’re really a motherfucker, did I talks about the goddamn nuer or jalab? I arguing about the civilians who fought the unnecessarily war and those encouraging it. Please you need to reads before jumping up for nothing! You’re an European foodstamps eater, just talks shit there but we will get you soon.

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        • 9 November 2012 19:09, by Ruach

          Dinka Thief.You are warrior within!

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  • 9 November 2012 08:53, by Paul Chadrack

    Rumbek!, still applying the stone age laws. imagine these are the same people asking the government of south sudan to take the national capital to their state, no need again to transfer our nation big city to that place where people take the laws into their own hands.

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  • 9 November 2012 09:09, by Wiyual

    Uncle Daniel Awet Akot needs to answer this type of killings after his ill-enforcement of controversial appointment of SPLM State Leader.
    Even if the cause of the conflict is not yet clear, it would not be far from the disputed appointment of that SPLM leader by Deputy National Assembly Speaker, Daniel Awet. He needs to stay away from state affairs.

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  • 9 November 2012 10:22, by majok

    Shame on uncivilised people and uncircumacised.
    How can you fight among yourselves of unknown problem
    You beter change your village mentallity plize.
    Killing of 12 innocent people is a great lost.

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  • 9 November 2012 10:24, by majok

    Shame on uncivilised people and uncircumacised.
    How can you fight among yourselves of unknown problem
    You beter change your village mentallity plize.
    Killing of 12 innocent people is a great lost.

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  • 9 November 2012 13:05, by Foxtail

    shame on these uncouth citizens of lake state.
    see, how these flies are taking advantage of the time to argue with us?

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  • 9 November 2012 13:09, by Yei Top

    Rumbek?
    In october two serious incidents happened and were not well reported;
    1-The slaughtering of a Kenyan in hillview hotel
    2-Killing of SPLA soldier in police station
    3-inter- clan fighting
    Mr. Minister of information, when will you deliever accurate information to the people of South Suda? You even accepted the bribe from Hilview Hotel manager and clain that the kenyan slaughtered him self.

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    • 9 November 2012 13:42, by Takpiny

      Ridiculous, this news should not be reported on international website, it should be kept locally because it’s useless problem ignited by useless people. What is a point to let the whole world know about it?

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  • 9 November 2012 14:47, by wen yar

    This fighting was known before they locks horns instead our community should know that the so called Lakes state government is helpless to their protection what again heavily troops doing after we lost more than what you fools report
    May lord almighty rest their souls Amen!!!

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  • 9 November 2012 16:24, by James Maker Akok

    People should be thinking for what coming from out to affect South Sudan like what North Sudan doing of taking South Sudan lands resources, but not to kill each other like this.
    Here in United States of America, they call those people who kill each other are death minds. South Sudanese people need to quit that.

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    • 9 November 2012 16:41, by Baring

      Denkas are animal when their caws are fighting each other the owners of the caw also fight, what the hell going on?

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      • 9 November 2012 20:26, by James Maker Akok

        When I go to South Sudan and have daughter, I will never allow a man to give me animals, and anything to marry my daughter. I will give my daughter to a man who love my daughter, respect her, taking care her, give her freedom, no cheat on her, peaceful with her, faith with her, kindness with her, and respect to everybody.

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  • 10 November 2012 08:48, by oliver majak

    what you have to know is,all the cause of fighting in Lake State is not only animals.i may agree with the one who comment that the politician have hand,all the calltle keeps has been disarm early this year but,the guestion is where do they get guns?

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  • 10 November 2012 08:59, by Badi Malawi

    Why is conflict raising always in rumbek? Disarming should be done in lake inorder to avoid more death

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