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Jonglei state’s Bor county protestors ask govt for greater protection

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December 11, 2012 (BOR) - Hundreds of protestors marched on the roads of Bor on Tuesday, protesting against what they described as the "poor protection" provided to them as disarmed civilians in Bor, Twice and Duk by in the face of armed Murle youth from Pibor.

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Cattle in Jonglei, South Sudan (Oxfam)

“It is our belief that one of the key mandates and responsibilities of any government system is the absolute protection of the nation, civil population and citizen’s properties,” said the protestors in their letter.

“Our communities from Greater Bor have been so cooperative with the disarmament forces by submitting illegal arms voluntarily to the disarmament authorities in anticipation of protection. But unfortunately this cooperation seems to be in vain in the sense that cattle raiding, wanton killings of vulnerable people including women, child abduction persistently occurs, almost on weekly basis,” they added.

According to the protestors, atrocities committed by Murle raiders and [David] Yau Yau militias have caused huge devastation and mass displacement of Dinka Bor cattle keepers to Lakes and Central Equatoria states.

Yau Yau is a member of the Murle ethnic group rebelled against South Sudan’s ruling party - the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) after elections - in April 2010 when, as an independent candidate, he lost his campaign to represent the Gumuruk–Boma constituency in Pibor County at the Jonglei State Assembly.

Juba claims Yau Yau has received support from Khartoum.

The commissioner of Bor county, Agot Alier, thanked the protestors for launching a peaceful protest.

“This is the formal way of solving problems. I hope the government will solve your grievances in this letter of protest,” said Alier in an interview with Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

The protest was orgainsed by the traditional leadership of the Bor county headed by the paramount chief, Alier Aluong, his clan chiefs, youth and women to bring the government’s attention to the random killing of civilians by raiders in the villages.

Alier said he blamed armed Murle of killings in the disarmed areas of Bor, Twice East, Duk Nyirol Akobo, Pochalla and Uror counties.

"It is not always good to hang all these killings on Yau Yau. These Murle youths who are killing in all the counties", he said.

Thousands of Dinka Bor pastoralists have been displaced from Lakes state, Aliap areas and Central Equartoria state due to raids.

“This mass migration has resulted in social conflict between Bor pastoralists and the local farmers of those communities, which may require government intervention,” said the protestors.

According to the UN in January 120,000 people had been displaced by inter-ethnic violence.

The protestors demand that the government provide greater South Sudan army (SPLA) support for the citizens protecting their own people and to remove Yau Yau’s forces from the area.

They also urged government to establish community policing to take charge of civilian protections in payams [districts] and bomas [sub-districts] and to track down the cattle raided since the signing of the Jonglei Community peace accord, including 8,551 currently raided from Akuaideng boma.

“These cattle must be returned to their owners by the Murle Community as it was the case with Malual Ngang’s 418 cows which were alleged to have been stolen by the Bor community thieves and were returned to Pibor County by this community in September 2012,” said the protestors.

According to the UN Environmental Program the Murle were in Ethiopia until the 19th century. Some remained their until the 1990s while others were driven west by local Nilotes. They established an homeland in Pibor county, Jonglei state in the 1930s, since which, environmental pressures have impinged upon their pastoralist lifestyle.
Little evidence can be found to support the infertility claim. However, the motivation to rationalise the denigration of one of South Sudan’s pariah ethnic groups, in order to legitimise the attribution of blame, is self-evident.

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  • 16 December 2012 08:19, by Murle agent

    Dinka Bor cockroaches. Please stop your baseless story, murle did not launched any attacks on you yet. So don’t panic for nothing....deaths to dinka bugs. Long live to murle warriors!!

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    • 16 December 2012 22:13, by Nyakuzuny

      hey Murle Agent! please brother you are hw many people there you Murles ?you will not Launches any attacks again , please don’t talk as Stupitly we are people of South Sudan , we need to united our Selves ,if we will need to Killing you at one; is good for you ?you Murles’ you don’t have any nieghboor,what you thinking about Global ? you will need to be slave people here in South Sudan.

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      • 17 December 2012 14:07, by ngadodo

        Nyakuzuny your Right, we Knew that all of us from South Sudanese, but Dinka Bor they are like ring worms in the human stomach, you know what their said claiming Nyakuzuny your Right, we Knew that all of us from South Sudanese, but Dinka Bor they are like ring worms in the human stomach, you know what their said claiming establishment of Murle Land thinking that Murle their not from South Sudan,

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        • 17 December 2012 14:10, by ngadodo

          Nyakuzuny, “your Right”, we Knew that all of us from South Sudanese, but Dinka Bor they are like ring worms in the human stomach, you know what their said claiming establishment of Murle Land thinking that Murle their not from South Sudan, they want to whip out Murle in the name of disarmament and David yau yau. Also requesting government SPLA to whip Murle out from they are Land, we knew that

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    • 17 December 2012 09:37, by Ayuen deng

      Demonstration will help in absent of law and commitment in implementing laws governing rule of law.jonglei Parliament is sleeping all these year because raiding and child abduction had been there since colonial period,if people need any change in jonglei then lets put our MPs to laws in place.

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  • 16 December 2012 13:45, by master

    down down SPLM / NCP
    both of them thugs & thieves

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    • 16 December 2012 15:02, by Aaban

      Why is your name master? Are not human being? Tozz fiik)

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      • 16 December 2012 15:17, by Ahmed Chol

        The community police should be made of people from local community. Police from the government ask " who is going to die because of a cow?" when they are asked to pursue the raiders and rustlers. This shows that they are there not to protect local people. Local police from the people will never ask that question.

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        • 16 December 2012 19:00, by South Dengjok

          Dear Me,
          Useless and toothless Dinka,why do u cry when da Murle came 2 ur Home and when u go 2 attack Murle ,they do not cry? why are u always call Goverment when Murle came while u always go and loot cattle 4 Murle and they don,t call Goverment 4 help?,r u not a men having a dick like Murle? if u r a women never involve and loot the cattle of Murle cuze u r da agent of all crime & looting.

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          • 17 December 2012 00:40, by SudanSudan

            Dear Sudan Tribune Readers, Thank you all for making some progress. I believe that an individual reader would love to keep coming back here to this forum and even to participate in contributing some ideas if we abide by the given rules to always contribute to peace-building dialogues by writing positive messages. It’s really good to hear Murle folks speaking English these days. So pliz talk peace!

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  • 16 December 2012 19:07, by South Dengjok

    Dear Me,
    Ladies, call Dinka always like to Complaints 4 nothing,which protection do u need? if is not the Kuol Manyang who is da Governor of da state u could be finished by da Murle even in da Bor town u hide your selves,leaving Jale and Anyitdi for Murle,but Kuol is respected guys by his gud administration but he got useless,eater and looter tribe called Dinka.

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    • 17 December 2012 00:53, by SudanSudan

      So people who are behind the name ’Murle Agent’ and ’South Dengjok’ are of no use here if their only motive is to go after other ethnic groups instead of staying focus on the very topic of discussion. I really doubt their integrity and intelligent that they are educated. Please don’t waste your time if you are motivated by hatred against different ethnic group. Just enjoy your life in other ways.

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  • 17 December 2012 01:12, by SudanSudan

    I am really relieved to hear that the people of BOR Community have finally realized their potential political tools of problems solving is put to use, by protesting against the South Sudan government (our golden SPLM and SPLA)political party led government of the people!). I really support peaceful protest by the citizens in both ways. Law enforcement body like police and army r to protect citizen

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