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Bahr el Ghazal governors call for peaceful coexistence, 26 killed in Parajallah


December 18, 2012 (WAU) - The governors of the Western and Northern Bahr el Ghazal as well as Warrap State on Tuesday called for citizens to denounce vandalism as well as tribal politics and accept importance of peaceful coexistence.

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Governor of Warrap State, Nyandeng Malek Deliech (left) in Wau town with Western Bahr el Ghazal State Governor, Rizik Zachariah Hassan, 18 December 2012 (ST)

The leaders made the remarks at a public rally held on the eastern bank of Wau town, capital of Western Bahr el Ghazal State. The gathering was called after youth from the three states of took to the streets of the state capital on December 17, protesting against the alleged killing of more than 26 innocent civilians in Parajallah locality, some 48 miles outside Wau town.

The motives for the killings remain unclear although authorities have arrested a number of people including traditional leaders from the area suspected to have known about the deaths. Parajallah is under Bagari locality, the proposed location for the headquarters of Wau County.

The area is inhabited by the Balanda ethnic group, a community also known in the state as “Fartit” and whose youth groups and intellectuals have expressed dissatisfaction with state cabinet’s decision instructing ex-commissioner, John Peter Miskin, to relocate the headquarters of Wau County in October. Miskin rejected the administrative order and resigned from his position.

Miskin’s rejection and resignation generated a subsequent protests, which saw youth groups create roadblocks on the roads leading out of Wau town, which army attempted to remove on Saturday 8 December resulting in the death of some protestors.

More people were killed when further demonstrations against the incident were held in Wau town on Sunday 9 December. The state government has admitted that eight lives were lost in the protest. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) initially put the death toll at 10, before revising that down to nine. Former Wau County Commissioner John Peter Miskin has claimed 25 people were killed and 21 others sustained injuries.

Al Jazeera English | Protestors shot at by South Sudan army | 13 December 2012

The killings, which have been blamed on South Sudan armed forces, have attracted the criticism from local and international human right organizations.

A police station at Jebel Kheir in Wau town was burned down to ashes, 53 commercial trucks were set ablaze and three major roads leading to Western Equatoria State, as well as roads to Bagari and Raja County were blocked by protesters.

Officials claimed youth started to be aggressive on 8 December and continued on December 9 in Wau town and its surrounding areas, limiting the movement to the town.

While the protests in Wau have been the focus of attention, Western Bahr el Ghazal’s minister of information and communications, Derik Alfred Uya, said his government received information on 10 December, two days after the protest, that 26 people were killed in Parajallah.

The details of the attack were not clear until a survivor approached the government on 11 December.

“We received the information that some people were killed in Parrajallah but we did not know their full identity and who were involved until when a survivor from [the] Dinka community in Warrap came and narrated the whole story”, Uya said on Tuesday.

A government committee sent to verify the claims found the dead bodies, Uya said.

"Some were decomposing, others were cut into slices. Heads were cut off but they were able to bring 6 bodies. They are now in the mortuary in the hospital. Based on the information from the survivor and which the chief has confirmed, the government decided to arrest some suspects to help in the investigation", Uya explained.

In response to the situation, the Governor of Warrap State, Nyandeng Malek Deliech on Monday visited Wau town with a parliamentary committee to hold a series of meetings with citizens and government officials from Western Bahr el Ghazal.

Malek also held talks with Western Bahr el Ghazal State Governor, Rizik Zachariah Hassan. The two governors received calls from President Salva Kiir to hold public rallies with the citizens from the affected states and reportedly instructed Lakes and Northern Bahr el Ghazal to send their representatives to participate in the sensitization of their people to restrain from violence.

“We fully understand your concerns but we would like you to remain calm, maintain peace and continue to live with your neighbours like before. Peaceful coexistence is very important. Leave this to the government to handle it” Governor Nyandeng Malek told the gathering on Tuesday in Wau.

Western Bahr el Ghazal’s Governor, Rizik Zachariah Hassan, said his government has formed a committee to investigate the killing and will ensure that those involved are identified and brought to book promptly. Hassan urged citizens from the affected states not to seek revenge because this would only serve the interests of people who were attempting to destabilise the state.

“Do not revenge. Just leave it to us. We will work to ensure that people behind this are identified", Hassan said.

The head of the Warrap State Parliamentary committee tasked by the house to investigate the incident, Dominic Deng Mayom, said his committee is working in collaboration with other committees from Western Bahr el Ghazal State and member of the National Legislative Assembly as well as independent human right institutions and organization involved in the investigation processes.

Mayom said killing was a major tragedy but called on citizens to remain calm and give the state government a chance to establish the truth. He said the incident was separate from the protest in which youth from Balanda ethnic group opposed the relocation of Wau county headquarters last week.

“This is a separate incident from the protest. It has no connection with claims about headquarters because the people who have been killed do not come from Western Bahr el Gazal. So we do not understand the motive. I think there are people with hidden agenda somewhere. It is a plot”, he said.

Mayom commended the Western Bahr el Ghazal State government for having identified and arrested key suspects who he claimed received the information about the attack prior to the incident and decided to keep quiet.

“The arrests were made to establish the truth. Our people want to know why youth collected innocent casual workers on farms including hunters and fishermen to kill them," Mayom told Sudan Tribune in an interview on Tuesday.


Al Jazeera English | Protestors shot at by South Sudan army | 13 December 2012

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  • 19 December 2012 10:02, by Man without fear

    South Sudan If you read the paragraph properly you ill know that the people who were killed in Paraljallah are from Warrap state as well as other states of Bahr El Ghazal as whole. what a big case is that?

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  • 19 December 2012 10:09, by Man without fear

    Guys my question is that ,why should the decision made by state govt, of W.B.Ghazal become a problems to Dinka people instead of protesters and their govt who relocate the county headquarter to their area because to delivery the services and creating the opportunity of employment to its people of Balada in the area.

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    • 19 December 2012 10:30, by Panda Odhie

      Dear , i think nobody can response to your question,because the target is achieve by murdering innocent pepole who have not taking decision in the relocation of county headqurter ,according to the information i obtain the number of people killed was 46 and searching now is still continue

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    • 19 December 2012 15:15, by J P Puok

      Because the president is a Dinka,police inspector a Dinka, divisional CDR of the SPLA in the area a Dinka, police director in the state is a Dinka. therefore, naturally those soldiers who killed innocent protesters are Dinkas! They, the surviors sought to a soft target where there is no gun power! That is! Asked Nhial Deng Nhial how it hurt to humilate other comm. thruogh gov’t powers instead

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  • 19 December 2012 10:18, by Man without fear

    I don,t understand for those preach human right ,what is the human right now? If some one cause his/her own problem and leave. than resulting to kill innocent people who were looking to survival live. What is behind this incident of killing the innocent Dinka people?

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  • 19 December 2012 10:28, by Man without fear

    In the paragraph those who protests against the govt decision are the community known as Balada(Fartit) Is it really are they one clash with the their govt, and leave their case and kill the innocent Dinka of other states? I don,t agree may the former militia of Tom Nur are they one who can do that to over throw the govt. this is not the time compare to what was happened in Wau during the civil Wa

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  • 19 December 2012 10:38, by Man without fear

    Most of innocent Dinka were killed with out any investigation
    And those who did it last time start it again. there is no problems continues doing it but for Dinka do not attempt to compensate the same let them participate in. Who will be a responsible for twenty six Dinka people killed in Parajallah by unknown people. Why do u say unknown where the area is located in Which county (In Bagari)

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  • 19 December 2012 12:16, by jienge

    Look at these animals?! You think we are fools or what?! You are just lying all the time. What are you doing in that state, I mean what’s your business there?! Everyone of us know you that you are the main cause of everything in this nation. I have never heard any tribe in this nation that cause trouble other than you and in particular corrupt, fool, thieves, murderers, land grabbers Bahr ghaza

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    • 19 December 2012 12:32, by Panda Odhie

      Dear JanaHarami
      Look at your coward words do you think Wau is yours? Again who cause trouble now if you think wisely,you know what happen man,you people are always inviting problem from where it hides,we know you since the war,you are Arab supporters upto then.fuck off with your motherfucken shit words yah janaharami,you gonna die like monkey with your mommo nature

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  • 19 December 2012 12:26, by master

    i think all promises & dreams vanished
    now they need someone to make buffer zone btn the tribes of south sudan
    where is democrary , human rights , equality ,freedom of expression
    i with i were south sudanese

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  • 19 December 2012 12:31, by jienge

    That they are innocent, what a joke?! First you kill them innocent civilian and we all saw it, and the whole world saw it. You try to deny it but was caught red handed. This is not the first time, every tribe in SS knows. You did leave Nuer, Shilluk, Bari, Madi, Azande, Muru, Balanda, and other just a matter of time. Nobody on this planet like you. Now you are trying to make stories, screw u

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    • 19 December 2012 12:54, by Panda Odhie

      My friend it’s not matter of saying nonseses ,do you think your being a murderer since millennium is not known by the world?.Man nobody is better than another,why don’t you talk independently instead of including others, who do you think you are?.Nyamnyam.

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    • 19 December 2012 12:58, by Makunon

      Dear Jienge
      Why don’t you wait for the reports of the formed committee to confirm your judgement, this issue of judging the cover of the book have finished so many southerners. the authorities on the ground said this is a "hidden agenda" have nothing to with relocation of administration of the County bcoz innocent people whom are not members of the State have been targeted.Could be NCP.

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      • 19 December 2012 13:28, by Panda Odhie

        what really brought death of many innocent pple in transfering county headquarter? I know the town will remain for state adminstration. if all headquarters are based in Wau town, the development will not reach to othersites in the remote.Southerners, if we think thoroughly ,itis the extension of development to the abundant remote areas nothing connected it to the killing.

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    • 19 December 2012 15:02, by wacjak

      You already love this mighty tribe, that is why you give yourself their name. However bad this mighty tribe may be, it is the one liberating u so much so that you write this nonsense. The "world world" may hate us, but that will not cause our disappearance.We’ll all be there. What happened in Wau was the relocation of county and not the hate of the Dinka, otherwise, Y did u hide this fact?

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  • 19 December 2012 12:49, by Man without fear

    jienge muor-bit
    You said iam a animal, Is it you who murdered those Dinka people like they are goats ? If you are from Balada community who did this case now,remember that you must be brought to the book and court will deal with you and if not you will be search in another way. Just enjoy ur damn any u are a member of drunks community who object the development in their area.Due to useless idiots

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  • 19 December 2012 13:43, by jienge

    Screw savages, what committee, they are your committee, you fuckwit. No jallaba, who kill tribal leaders along Ethiopia, jallaba?! It is just a matter of time we all know you specially savages from Bahr el gazel. Corruption, human abuse, tribalism, you name it. Information coming from is that u started looting, burning houses and killing again.

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    • 19 December 2012 13:53, by Panda Odhie

      Dear Jienge
      when people are slicing into pieces,cut off the head,penis and insert into death women’s vigina is what you called respect of human right? don’t shout like defeated woman.Avoid touching different corridors,you mean those collected in the bush are not killed?

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      • 19 December 2012 16:34, by Peacocktail

        The Governors did commendable job by preaching Peace and not hatred and violent. Killing of innocense civilians is not solution to the relocation of County to the People Great Western Bhar El Ghazal. Remember we take laws into our hands, what is Government that fought for? Where is freedom we fought for, all vanish lke this? Big NO to Violence and Maintain peaceful coexistence in Wau.All need Peac

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    • 19 December 2012 16:41, by Peacocktail

      Jienge is a Satan of the of the Year 2012 follow by Bashir and Daud Yauyau who glorify the killings of civilians as he eat theirs flesh! Why insist on violence yet you are not in Wau to experience the difficulties people are passing through after this violence. We all condemn it in strongest term and Southern Communities in Wau must lives in Harmony and freedom without fear of being kills next day

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  • 19 December 2012 14:05, by jienge

    It is time for you to pull your head out of your asses and think like human being you crooks!

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    • 19 December 2012 14:12, by Makunon

      You resist advice and insist in war that you can never win even with backup of Arabs.

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    • 19 December 2012 14:16, by Panda Odhie

      I says when people are killed in such away do you think ,those who did it ,may be your tribemen are respecting human right as you protend youselves tobe the pple who know and respect human dignity.

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      • 19 December 2012 15:29, by J P Puok

        I think Dinka need to be told t

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  • 19 December 2012 15:35, by Mapuor

    Such killings can not take place without the knowledge of Payams and Bomas police,administrators and chiefs.Why target Dinkas who are not from Western Bhar El Gazal.This may spark a terrible situation if not redresses promptly.Such barbaric killings are not justified when people are preparing for CHRISTMASS.

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  • 19 December 2012 16:09, by 4Justice

    If you loot everything and buy mansions in Australia, Europe and America what do you expect?? people are very very unhappy.

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  • 19 December 2012 19:08, by Nyakuzuny

    Haahaaaaaa it’s very good news I Thanks Balandas to Killing 26 people from Dinkas and were is the Dinkas Warrap People Exactly?,those who are abuse the Human Right,those people they will not be Investigates any more because they are not from Dinka Bor,Bor they have more Intelligence, my advice I Will telling you" people of Baladas;please people you continous killing,South Sudan have No Rule of Law

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  • 3 April 2013 11:51, by stefan

    Because the president is a Dinka,police inspector a Dinka, divisional CDR of the SPLA in the area a Dinka, police director in the state is a Dinka. therefore, naturally those soldiers who killed innocent protesters are Dinkas! They, the surviors sought to a soft aromaty alkoholowe target where there is no gun power!

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