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Unity State: Boy and 400 cattle missing after Payinjiar raid


By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

November 23, 2012 (KAMPALA) - A boy from Payinjiar County in Unity State is missing after cattle rustlers stole 397 heads of cattle from Dhormanyang village on Wednesday 21 November.

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Nuer herdsman, Nyal, South Sudan, November 2011 (Photo Getty)

Authorities in the area told Sudan Tribune on Friday that two boys, who had been looking after the cattle, were abducted in the raid, which occurred at 5:00pm. One managed to escape his captors but the other is still missing to the concern of government officials and the boy’s family.

Payinjiar County Commissioner, Peter Gai Joak, told Sudan Tribune, the suspects came from neighbouring Lake State. South Sudan’s police and army failed to pursue the raiders as they attacked in the evening and fled under darkness, he said.

Cattle raiding and related violence has claims thousands of lives, since smalls arms entered the region in huge numbers during South Sudan’s civil wars with various Khartoum governments.

Since South Sudan’s independence last year cattle raids have continued in many parts of the young nation. Cattle play a pivotal role in South Sudan’s economy and culture. They are often used to pay bride prices, motivating some young men to steel cattle so they can afford to get married.

In neighbouring Jonglei State, around 2,000 people have been killed in raids and counter raids over the last two years, according to United Nations figures. The raids, especially in Jonglei, often involve the abduction of women and children.

Lack of job opportunities for South Sudan’s youth is major problem for South Sudan, which is one of the poorest in world with some of the world worst development indicators. Less than 30% of the population are literate and around half the population are at risk from food insecurity this year, according to the UN.

The South Sudanese government has made several attempts to bring an end to the cycle of cattle raiding and related violence but it has persisted, especially along the tense borders between Unity, Lakes and Warrap State.

Last week 200 young people from the three states launched a peace initiative to end cattle raiding. The peace initiative was attended by South Sudan’s Vice President Riek Machar and the United Nations Special Representative to South Sudan, Hilde F. Johnson.

However, Commissioner Gai said he has tried his best to bring an end to the deadly practice through disarmament of the civilian population but reports by the Unity State government in 2011 found that no disarmament had taken place in Payinjiar County.

This year the county was reported to be hit hard by the flooding that affected many of South Sudan’s states in July. The people from the area depend on both meat and milk from cows but many have turned to fishing after their farms and crops were damaged by the heavy floods in Nyal and other Payams [districts] in Payinjiar.

The County Commissioner called on the central government in Juba to deploy more polices forces along the borders between Unity, Lakes and Warrap states to try and prevent cross border raids and violence. Such patrols coiuld could help bring peace to the area, he said.


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  • 24 November 2012 08:22, by Ahmed Chol

    Not every problem should be blamed on Salva. This issue of internal security regarding civilians is the responsibility of Achuil Manoli, the director of police and the Interior Minister Manoja, whatever his name is. This shows that Achuil Manoli is just an idiot. Why allow the stupid Agaar thugs to destabilize Lake state and Unity state? Surround them and hang them all one by one.

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    • 24 November 2012 08:28, by Ahmed Chol

      Because if you don’t get rid of them using the current laws, they will come back in the next few weeks and attacking Tonj like they just did days ago. You as a government has more to with the Arab. You don’t need more crisis on your back.
      The Agaar is the number one lawless community in Dinka. I have never seen a Dinka that become famous and boast by how much they steal and rob except the Agaar!

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      • 24 November 2012 08:33, by Ahmed Chol

        Of the going robberies that happen at night in Juba, unwell trained youth of Agaar and Atuot that join the SPLA army after 2005 is widely blamed for the nightly robberies and rapes that SPLA is blamed in general.

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        • 24 November 2012 17:21, by Takpiny

          Ahmed ,
          I am sorry to say that, your name has already revealed your poor knowledge about south Sudanese communities’ background.
          Yes there are criminals from three neighbouring states operating across the borders and stealing each other cows but they are not even 0.1% in the population of those states.
          You are naïve to generalise the whole community of being lawless.

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    • 24 November 2012 10:23, by Dinkawarrior

      Brothers and friends, please take the words of advice according to Akutekuei"Weetke pal ke tong bai, tong bai aye pol te ci keroor ben" Why are we still killing each other while Arab is coming back to reunited our country? Are we ready to be salved again? No, we are better off today then before.

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      • 25 November 2012 07:02, by Bolman

        wow i can’t believe this anyway war always is the solution without bombarments from North of Dinkas Malual,Mr Dinka dmonated wouldn’t listening and understand the value of unity,he always using the word nyagaat which can divided ourselves as Nation,but today he talks like human not Dinka

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        • 25 November 2012 07:14, by Bolman

          Mr DinkaDominate welcome to our World as the human being God is great thank God by transformed none human to human being this is the God’s power that let him talks like that and he knows Dinka language too,influence no duobt at all God transformed him to be Dinka welcome to Jang Community and also to our World stay well

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  • 24 November 2012 08:32, by George Bol

    Hey! stop accusing Agaar Dink for nothing my friend. The raiders are thief militia that are roaming in the bush looking for food-these militia. Food lovers are looking for food dear. better understand the logic.

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    • 24 November 2012 08:37, by Ahmed Chol

      Which Rebel that attacked the Tonj people just few days ago if it were not the Agaar [Pakam] youth? It is unfortunate for a Dinka to attack Dinka. This can come only from a dark of a foolish community that doesn’t advice its youth, a dysfunctional community that has no its own laws.
      Stop defending criminals.

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      • 24 November 2012 10:42, by Mapuor

        Ahamed Chol
        Things on the ground are different from what is being reported by the media,Nuer youth from Panyjaar abducted one boy plus more than 500 head of cattle from Rumbek East county on monday,these cattle were rescued by the SPLA at Padebek cattle camp.Its indeed confusing to hear of raiding co-inciding.Warrap is the worse and care is to be taken in dry season.Just dont generalize.

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    • 24 November 2012 13:32, by Ruach

      I’m wondering. That small by has fallen in the hands of that wrong families,he is not still alive.His life is greater than 397 cattle,they should release him! Abducting Human Being is the work of Murle,but they may have reason behind!

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      • 24 November 2012 16:46, by Takpiny

        Don’t worry this is a myth story created by journalist; nothing happened like that, How come two boys looked after huge number of cattle as such.
        We all knew whether from Nuer or Jaang the adults always looked after cattle and boys looked after calves.

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        • 24 November 2012 18:38, by Ruach

          The boy maybe 13-15.He was abducted with 397 head of cattle but they should release him and take the cattle

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  • 24 November 2012 08:37, by master

    those sub human can’t know the culture of peace
    they will finish them self alone

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  • 24 November 2012 09:08, by Majongdit

    Ahmed Chol,
    You don’t only sound upsurd, but you appear to be no different than those cattle raiders. Education is not how you put English words together but rather how you put convincing ideas through...so go back to school my brother. You will learn to acknowledge that there is no community that can be 100% criminals. You will come to learn that even Tonj may have its fair share of all!

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  • 24 November 2012 13:07, by Rommel

    I don’t want to generalize, but Lakes State seems to be the most dysfunctional, violent and chaotic of all the States in Bahr el Ghazal; you see this with their constant raids on neighboring communities in Warrap and Unity State and with the recent murder of Malual returnees that were using Lake State as a conduit.

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  • 24 November 2012 14:11, by manyang mawech

    Let move Dinka of Lake State close to Lou Nuer then Lou will teach them a lesson .

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    • 24 November 2012 14:40, by Rommel

      manyang mawech:
      Will teach them a lesson!? You mean the same lesson that they taught the Murle!? The same lesson that incensed the Murle to such a point that they then attacked the Lou and displaced thousands of frightened Lou Nuer civilians into Ethiopia!? Tribal war doesn’t help anyone. It’s a vicious cycle of resentment, hate, revenge and reprisals.

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      • 24 November 2012 14:44, by Rommel

        I can’t believe that some people are actually dreaming of tribal war - fratricide. It’s no wonder why Africans occupy the bottom of the global food chain, and why we are the subjects of laughter, pity and contempt worldwide, in need of perpetual, genetically modified food aid while trillions of dollars of our resources are being siphoned away by ’Western’ multinationals and their supine puppets.

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        • 24 November 2012 14:52, by Rommel

          I didn’t write the above to moralize to others, to be sententious, to portray myself as a saint or cast myself as a man that is free of dogma and prejudice. The thematic hinge of my post is clear: we don’t need more internecine tribal war that retards social, political and economic development.

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  • 24 November 2012 23:17, by never

    the only way for the people of southern sudan to go along is to let a person from other tribes came and hold the leadership of other community. for example, a man or a women from equatoria to be a governor for warrap,women from warrap to be a governor of eastern equatoria. jonglei governor to be a governor of western bhargzel. i think we will be find if we do it like that. SPLA old way of governin

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  • 26 November 2012 10:33, by littlejimmy

    dear Foolk,manyang mawech
    are you crazy what’r you trying to says, Lou Nuer are not your tool, if there is any fucking tribe mess up their asses don’t mentioned Lou Nuer agains. fuck yourselves alone bitches.

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