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Juba unveils water project to mitigate conflicts in Jonglei

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November 28, 2012 (JUBA) - The Government of South Sudan and its development partners have unveiled a three-year water project, seeking to reduce conflict in Jonglei state.

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Internally displaced people are seen in Pibor January 12, 2012. (Reuters)

The project, officials told Sudan Tribune, will assist in harvesting water in the country’s most conflict- prone state, ensuring that youth; who currently spend about a half-year moving to other areas with cattle in search of water, stay within their localities.

“Water points and wells have been poisoned in the past, and this kind of investment may not have been feasible during the war,” said Sue Lautze, Head of Office, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Lack of water resources, has over the years, been largely seen as a major contributor to the recurring conflict in Jonglei.

Issac Liabwel, Undersecretary in the ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation said he expect the project to contribute to community stability and peace in Jonglei, particularly in Uror and Nyirol counties where natural resources-based conflicts are prevalent.

As part of the plan, however, a feasibility study for the Canadian aid-funded project will this Thursday be unveiled at a stakeholder’s workshop, which brings together central government officials, state ministers, the civil society and donor partners.

Jonglei, has in recent months, witnessed some instability, especially along the cattle routes to and from the areas inhabited by the Lou Nuer. These include Uror, Nyirol and Akobo-West counties and along Pibor-Bor corridors, between Pibor and Akobo areas.

“The problem is enormous,” says Ali Said, a Chief Technical Advisor at FAO, adding that, “People are killing each other due to completion overwater resources.”

Meanwhile, studies conducted in Nyirol, have reportedly confirmed that water for livestock in the dry season grazing area remains a critical resource issue for the agro pastoralists in Pultruk, Thol, Waat and Nyambor payams [districts]. These areas usually have critical water shortage in the dry season.

In 2011, Jonglei, according to the state ministry of livestock and fisheries, had a cattle population of about 4.7 million.

(ST)

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  • 29 November 2012 06:30, by Kurnyel

    That is not the solution.Kiir must give up

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    • 29 November 2012 06:48, by Alier

      The likes of Murle Agent should be working hard with the government of South Sudan to improve the conditions of their people other than allowing themselves exploited by Khartoum for something that only go into their stomachs. I do remember those who called themselves Murle intellectual; really! Murle intellectual when your people are in this situation! The condition is just inhuman.

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      • 29 November 2012 07:54, by Murle agent

        Alier.....
        Mind your own business dude, How can I work hard together with corrupt government? Your so called salva kiir must leave he’s weak and isolated but he still desperately eager to cling on power but his time is up!

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    • 29 November 2012 10:15, by South Dengjok

      Dear Me,
      Kiir could nat be call leader thought is da president, it is by chance,cuze how can da president be from da beggar and poor tribe and family? take da USA leadership system,leader must be from Rich,social,humble tribe nat a poor tribe and poor family like dinka where Kiir came from,take ur time b4 2015,satisfy urself,ur family and tribe with S.Sudan resources that u are stealing at night

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  • 29 November 2012 06:30, by Kurnyel

    That is not the solution.Kiir must give up the gov’t and Machar reint in

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  • 29 November 2012 06:38, by littlejimmy

    our live are made up of a million moments, spent in million different ways. some are spent seacrching for love, peace, and harmony. others are spent surviving day by days like top official and leaders in south sudan they don’t care.

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  • 29 November 2012 06:55, by Son of Ngundeng

    The problem of jonglei state its not only water the government know how to tackle this,if the cows will not leave to one tribe,jonglei’s security will remain as its, the orgonazation will not stress on this,second to that if the government does not drop out Koul Manyang Juuk within the state also no solution about it.

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    • 29 November 2012 09:19, by Young Lotuko

      How is that going to help?..kill all the cows and you have yourself a solution

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      • 29 November 2012 13:21, by Konybai

        Young Lotuko,
        is the Killing of cows really the solution? i doubt
        have u killed all the cows in Eastern Equatoria State. i don’t think. Three Killed, 6 Wounded in Separate Attacks in Budi County
        Three people have been killed during recent attacks by suspected cattle raiders in Budi County, Eastern Equatoria State. A man identified as Lokidodik Lokwar Ruanyeris, was gunned down by cattle raiders

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